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African Adventures

Dumelang! (Hello!) Ke bidiwa Hannah. Ke ithuta Setswana le Public Health mo Botswana. (My name is Hannah. I am studying Setswana and Public Health in Botswana.) This past summer I also studied public and community health in Gaborone, Botswana for two months. I learned so much about how a developing country differs from a developed country, southern African culture and traditions, and a universal healthcare system where citizens have

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Every Penny’s Worth

Going to Ireland has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Although there was no particular driving force, something about the “Emerald Isle” has always sparked my interest. So, when the opportunity finally arose through both scholarships and summer savings, I could not have been more elated. After hours of research I settled on CIEE as my study abroad program. Many aspects of the

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My Time Abroad

Hello, my name is Kevin Finch, and I am currently a student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. This summer, I have decided to study Engineering in Barranquilla, Colombia and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My time abroad was very unique and interesting because I studied Engineering in a Spanish speaking country and I don’t even know Spanish. As you could imagine,

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Sleepless in Saigon

I’ve never done so much in such a short amount of time. From the first day in Saigon, I met the other U.S. students, and international students and toured the city! I went about five days without sleeping at the beginning of the trip and lost my voice, but it was worth it. The time I made exploring the city, and making friends, and jet lag made the trip

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Going Outside Your Comfort Bubble

Before I went overseas, I was always in my comfort bubble. Most people throughout their life don’t leave their comfort bubble because they are either to scared, or most people have no desire to go outside the country. Doing a study abroad experience was probably one of the best experiences of my life. It was honestly life changing. Sometimes when we go outside our comfort bubble it can be

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Living as a Local in Berlin

The time spent abroad this summer has been without a doubt a lifetime experience that has helped shape my vision of the past, present and future. I was fortunate enough to be able to live, work and study in Berlin for two months. This amount of time allowed me to live as a local. I was also able to go on holiday before and during my experience. Prior to

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Experiencing Korea in an Extraordinary Way

Stepping off of the plane at Incheon Airport in the Republic of South Korea was one of the most invigorating and terrifying experiences of my entire life. Whenever I think back to that moment I clearly remember the rush of foreign language surrounding me, the signs that shined on storefronts, and the fast, fast buzz of people constantly walking past me. It was like stepping onto another planet, but

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Japan, the Place I Hold Dear to My Heart

During my time in Japan, I faced daily hardships including a language barrier, a literacy barrier and a completely different comprehension level. While this didn’t make communication impossible, I truly had to learn how to communicate non-verbally and understand how a person with a completely different upbringing would interpret things. I lived in Tokyo, the biggest tourist hub of Japan. In this city, I was able to communicate rather

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The Land of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan, “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” is a mystical place full of deities, demons, mythical animals, and protective phalluses. A land of 71% forest cover and often the smell of incense drifting through the air; ideals held up by the people’s deep adherence to Buddhism and GNH (Gross National Happiness) principles. A land dotted by dzongs and monasteries; monks walking down the street, playing the trending game app on

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Dublin Dream

Before going abroad I was nervous to travel and unsure if it was the right thing to do. These concerns quickly withered as I fell in love with Ireland and my experiences while there. Being abroad provided clarity on my future career field and allowed me to grow as an individual in a multitude of ways. The people I met on the trip truly enhanced my experience. I met

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