Experience A New Way Of Life

Brenda Martinez Global & International Studies Major Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), Fall 2017 I traveled to China to study abroad in Beijing, one of the largest cities in the world for a semester all by myself. My study abroad experience had to be one of the hardest challenges I have faced in my…

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…

The Best Decision I Ever Made

Bridget Hendrick Music Therapy Major Lyon Summer Program, Summer II 2017   Studying abroad in Lyon, France, was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was challenging and scary, but also exciting and helped me to grow in many ways. I learned a lot, so much in fact, that my head hurt some…

The Places Shape the People

Hanna Fussman Tourism and Travel Major Bonn University, Spring 2018 There’s something about the world that I truly love. I don’t quite know how to pinpoint it, but I think it’s the places. The places shape the people. It shapes the culture, the languages and dialects, the politics, living conditions, everything. And each place is…

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…

Guatemala 2018: Community Health in Guatemala

Jennifer Harrison Faculty Director Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 The two themes of the course can initially seem unrelated.  What does permaculture have to do with health.  However we quickly learned the intimate connection, which can be best summed up by an ancestral phrase from one of the directors at…

Guatemala 2018: What is Permaculture?

Jennifer Harrison Faculty Director Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 Permaculture in Guatemala: The two themes of this course are permaculture and community health. As a result, the class attracts student from the health sciences like social work, nursing, and occupational therapy, biology, international relationships, and anthropology. This year is no…

Guatemala 2018: “Adios” to San Lucas Tolimán

Kali Blackburn Social Work Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 As I reflect on this week, today specifically, it’s so hard to put into words all of the emotions and special moments I have experienced while in Guatemala. With what has been a jam-packed schedule of tours around forests, organizations…

Guatemala 2018: So Much in So Little Time

Natalie Griffin Interdisciplinary Health Services Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 Today was a very busy. We started our morning by visiting a junior high school in San Lucas Tolimán. In Guatemala, students have to pay to go to school starting in 7th grade. Because of this students are more…

Guatemala 2018: A Full Day

Nicole Samaroo Interdisciplinary Health Services: Occupational Therapy Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 We did so much today that thinking back on it, I really can’t believe it all happened today. No one can say that study abroad trips are boring or don’t have anything to do. Our day was…