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…

Nos Vemos

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Thank you to WMU Study Abroad for allowing me to share my Fulbright experience on this blog, and thank you, dear reader! ————————- On my way out Next week is my last day at FSG and the conclusion of my Fulbright grant. This English…

An Unfortunately Typical Conversation

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Madrileños, I have been enthralled by the zest for life imbued in your culture and empowered by the direct and clear way you talk to me. I have relished in seeing friends and family walk arm-in-arm around your friendly neighborhoods, and delight in the…

As Destiny Will Have It

Max Wicklund Major: Film,Video,and Media Studies Program: Business and Culture in Thailand . I have always loved the idea of traveling. Going to a new place, meeting new people, and trying new things. I think it is so incredibly important to expand your horizons in life and what better way to do that than crossing…

Surprises in Panama: The Show Must Go On

Emma Kuechler Majors: Dance and Public Relations Program: WMU Movement Exchange Annual Exchange to Panama! I am halfway through my Exchange Study Abroad program in Panama! Although my time has been absolutely amazing, it took a while for me to get accustomed to life in Panama. When we arrived, we were staying at a beautiful,…

“The Warm-Up”: Preparing for the Dance Trip of A Lifetime

Emma Kuechler Majors: Dance and Public Relations Program: WMU Movement Exchange Annual Exchange to Panama! One of the first things every dancer is taught is that in order to prepare for a successful performance, they must first engage in a strong and intricate warm-up. Although different than a typical dance performance, my upcoming study abroad…

Las Delicias

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 I Moved! Said a quick goodbye to Santa Eugenia as I escaped what turned out to be an extremely illegal living situation. To begin, I learned the landlord prohibited my contracted roommate from renting out the spare rooms to others and threatened to evict…

Making a Difference in Costa Rica

  Kelly Sabo Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica Although ticos are very shy, once you get to know them they are some of the most loving and caring people that you will ever encounter. The majority of our mamá ticas (Costa Rican moms) absolutely love cooking. Food is most definitely their…

Heart Work

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 My grant-stipulated schedule only spans about 18 hours per week – I teach 12 classes, join coordination and planning meetings with the Social Intervention staff, and design and prepare lesson materials. So what do I do with the “rest” of my time? I find…

Guatellamas2019: A Rich and Beautiful Place

Amanda Kuszak Major: Social Work Health & Permaculture in Guatemala Bright colors, the sound of the marimba, the beauty of the mountains, the richness of the foods, the friendliness of the people… these are a few of the wonders I’ve experienced this week in Guatemala. The beauty of this country is beyond words, though I’ll…

Guatellamas2019 Day 5: Puppets, Panajachel, and Pena Blanca

Brooke Doherty Major: Social Work: Clinical Social Work (MSW) Health & Permaculture in Guatemala Today was a great day for education in health and human services as well as in the area of permaculture. First, the class toured one of the schools for SLT scholars and learned more about what their education looks like, later…

Preparing to Intern Abroad

Elizabeth Rife Major: Exercise Science CISAbroad Intern in Australia I have spent days packing for my trip to Australia. I have packed and repacked my bags countless times. Adding things, subtracting things, weighing my bag over and over to make sure that it is under 50 pounds. Let me tell you one thing now… it’s…