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…

IndiBroncos Day 5: Gratitude is the Theme

Hilary Johnson Major: Social Work and Alcohol & Drug Abuse Social Justice in India, Fall 2018   Today marks one week that we have been in India. As you can imagine, it is difficult to put our experience into words. Our days have been filled with song, dance, presentations, tours, introductions, adventures and lots of…

IndiBroncos Day 4: We All Want a Purpose

Alexandra O’connell Major: Food & Consumer Package Goods Marketing India: Sustainability in the Developing World, Fall 2018 Today, the IndiBroncos 2018, learned about Bosch foundation and Himalaya Health and Wellness company. Christ University partners with Bosch to create a program for high school dropouts and/or people who just graduated and are having difficulty finding a…

La Vida Gitana

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Encuentro Estatal de Estudiantes Gitanos The first weekend of October, I attended the fifth Encuentro Estatal de Estudiantes Gitanas (National Reunion of Gitano/a Students) in a rural town north of Madrid named El Escorial. Nearly 70 teenagers and 40 Fundacion educational support staff attended: in general…

Take On A New Adventure

Alexis Pierce Human Resource Management Major India: Sustainability in the Developing World, Fall 2017 My trip to India, I’m not even sure how to put it into words. I’m still reliving every moment and experience. I honestly was very anxious and nervous for this trip. I have never flown or been this far. I knew…

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…

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…