Cost of Living in Ecuador

Written by: Cassidy Eastman Major: Speech Pathology and Audiology Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador One thing that I have noticed since being in Ecuador is that the cost of living is way lower than in Kalamazoo, with the exception of clothing, shoes and such (but that was mostly irrelevant to me). First, the food was…

Meeting My Family

Written by: Cassidy Eastman Major: Speech Pathology and Audiology Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador When I finally made it to the Quito airport, my host father was there waiting for me with open arms, despite the fact that it was 1:00 am. On the ride home, he kept telling me how excited him and his…

Group Dynamics

Kathryn Elms Major: Organizational Communication Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador We’re towards the end of our trip now, and the flight home looms closer every day. I am ecstatic. I miss my family and my friends. I’m looking forward to the second half of summer and my job. I’ve loved being here in Ecuador, and…

So I’m Home, Now What?

Kathryn Elms Major: Organizational Communication Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador Flying home, I had a layover in Miami before arriving at O’hare airport in Chicago. My brother met me at the airport around 8:30 pm, and we were able to catch up while waiting for my luggage. We left O’hare around midnight, and arrived home…

Comfort Zone? I don’t know her!

Kathryn Elms Major: Organizational Communication Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I waited to write this blog until after we returned from the Galapagos, and I am so glad I did. This weekend was a great opportunity to challenge myself and step outside my comfort zone. So, the theme this week is comfort zones: when to…

Conquering Fears One Adventure at A Time

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador Over my last two weekends abroad I was able to travel to two very different areas of Ecuador. During my fifth week of the program I traveled to San Cristóbal Island in the Galapagos with five of the girls on my program, and my…

A Reflection: Being Grateful For My Experiences Abroad

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito,Ecuador My time in Ecuador has impacted my life in numerous ways. I was completely immersed in the Ecuadorian culture the minute I was welcomed by my host family at the airport. They welcomed me with open arms and I spent a great amount of time…

Mofongo, Larimar, and Béisbol

Kylie R. Madsen Major: Advertising and Promotion Program: Business & Culture Dominican Republic While in the Dominican Republic, mofongo, larimar, and béisbol were the three most popular and reoccurring Dominican culture aspects I witnessed. Mofongo is a traditional food in the Dominican. It consists of plantains, your choice of meat, garlic, olive oil and any…

Everything Is Not as It Seems

Kylie  Madsen Major: Advertising and Promotion Program: Business & Culture Dominican Republic After arriving in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, I exchanged money at the airport. Even though I was in a rush and quickly put my money away, I was still in awe that their currency is bright and colorful! The bills are purple, orange,…

The Curtain Call: Reflecting on A Surreal Week

Emma Kuechler Majors: Dance and Public Relations Program: WMU Movement Exchange Annual Exchange to Panama   Panama. Wow. I’ve been home for nearly a month, and not a day has gone by where I have not thought about those kids. I have had a lot of trouble finding the words to explain how this trip…

LATE NIGHTS & EARLY MORNING FLIGHTS

Erika Whithead Major: Communication studies Program:International Perspectives on Interracial Communication in Costa Rica I think we should start this post off with complete honesty, my sleep habits pre-departure are always horrible. Despite my best intentions, I never go to bed on time prior to travel. As a result, here I am, sitting at the airport…

The Wait is Finally Over

Kylie Madsen Major: Advertising and Promotion Program: Business & Culture Dominican Republic I am ecstatic to have the opportunity of attending a study abroad program this summer. Since meeting with Dr. Lancendorfer, before my first year at WMU even began, I knew then that I wanted to attend her Business Dominican Republic study abroad program….