Something That’s Important to us All

Hilary Johnson MSW/SPADA Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala, Spring Break 2017 My experience traveling to Guatemala last spring was an experience I will never forget. One of my favorite parts of the trip was spending time at the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute. The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura – IMAP) is a non-profit…

Don’t go Chasing Waterfalls (in Mindo)

Katie Kozlowski Anthropology, Global Studies, and Spanish Major Spanish in Quito, Ecuador Summer I, 2018 This weekend, my classmates and I planned an excursion to Mindo, a town two hours north of Quito. Mindo is a cloud forest which means that it’s a tropical forest with persistent cloud cover(and heavy fog every evening after about 5:00pm). …

Childhood Poverty: We Shouldn’t be Complaining

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non-WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 Poverty in the United States is different to poverty in Mexico. A lower class family in the United States, in most cases, has access to basic life needs; food, education and healthcare. Not here. The disparity between high class and lower…

Pre-departure Nerves and Excitement!

Katie Kozlowski Anthropology, Global Studies, and Spanish Major Spanish in Quito, Ecuador They say that when learning a language, you truly have a grasp on what you’re learning when you dream in your new language. I’ve dreamt in Spanish before, but this past week, I’ve had a couple of nightmares in Spanish. They’ve ranged from me…

“The Water Boils”…But Not Really

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non-WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 I always wanted to visit Oaxaca and little did I know that Universidad Latina de America had a trip planned for us to go there already. A teacher passionate about Mexico and its history was our guide. We learned about how…

For the Love of Marine Science

Alex Birkman Freshwater Science and Sustainability Major Tropical Biology in Belize, Summer I 2018 I actually learned about the experience of taking a tropical biology class in my BIO 1600 class over a year ago. My professor gave a quick explanation of the things we would be able to do in Belize. From that point…

Takes A Lot Of Courage

Megan Potyczka Speech Pathology and Audiology Major Global Perspective on Pediatric Rehabilitation in Dominican Republic (Faculty-led) , Spring 2017 Studying abroad was always something I wanted to do. It didn’t really matter where I went, I just wanted to travel and learn about something related to my field of study, speech-language pathology. When I found out…

My First (And Hopefully Last) Earthquake

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non- WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 I never thought I’d live an earthquake, ever. It was Friday afternoon and I was sitting in the dining room with two other people when suddenly we all felt dizzy. Everything spun. One of them asked “Is that an earthquake?!…

Reassuring My Calling

Annelise Wilp Organizational Communication and Spanish Double Major Intercultural Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring 2018 I never expected that I would be so lucky to study abroad three times during my time at Western, but here I am. When my professor promoted his intercultural communication and ethnography spring break program in the…

Guatemala 2018: The Final Day

Lauren Brya Social Work and Nonprofit Leadership Majors Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala, Spring break 2018 Alas, the final day of our trip has come to a close. As the sun situated itself in the sky we ate our last breakfast in Panajachel and lugged our suitcases to be piled up on the top…

Guatemala 2018: The Power of Doing Good

Dana Schmalzel Occupational Therapy (Graduate) Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 We started our first full day in Panajachel with breakfast at our hotel. We then walked to Mayan Families to start our day of service. Mayan Families is a non-profit organization that works with several small communities around Lake…

Guatemala 2018: Planting Seeds of Hope

Sierra Penny Interdisciplinary Health Services: Occupational Therapy Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 We started the day with breakfast at our hotel, The Cacique Inn. Our first destination was the Mayan Families preschool in Panajachel. “Mayan Families” is a non-profit organization that educates, feeds, shelters and heals several small Mayan…