I studied abroad in Africa during the summer of 2014. My program took place in Arusha, Tanzania for nine weeks and was a community service based program through the Global Service Corps, which was offered at SUNY Albany for nine credits, and consisted of HIV/AIDS prevention and nutrition education along with agricultural sustainability education. My decision to do a study abroad program became definite after I spoke with a friend who was also doing a study abroad program in Brazil for the summer as well. I knew this program fit me well being that it wasn’t a typical study abroad where you would learn material in a classroom, like we do here in America, but rather a more hands on experience where you would actually help people in the community while at the same time be able to experience the culture first hand. After committing to the program, I already knew that my only regret was not deciding to do it sooner so that I could have done it for a full semester rather than nine weeks, which is still my only regret to this day. >>
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University at Albany Scholar-Athlete Aiyanna James spent the summer of 2014 traveling and serving in Cambodia, putting her Psychology Major and Public Health Minor to best use through applied learning. Going into her senior year, this Track-and-Field athlete found the time and resources to complete internships in the fields of Community Development and Public Health, earning 9 credits in 9 weeks!
Aiyanna’s photos and Blog (linked to below) document her valuable discoveries of Cambodia and volunteer experiences with Global Service Corps with vivid imagery, as well as curiosity and advocacy for all of humanity. Here is an excerpt from her Blog, a top 20 of Cambodian life lessons that she’ll never forget:
- #2: I try to learn and practice humility.
- #11: I claim that I don’t want to miss a thing on my journey, so I wake up at dawn having fallen asleep only a few hours earlier.
- #15: I realized that it’s all about people, not places.
Read more of Aiyanna's "Top 20 Assumed Everyday Rituals, Survival Strategies, and Annoyances of Cambodian Life," on her blog.
Life-Changing Spring Break at UAlbany
University at Albany students learn the true meaning of 'Pura Vida' as they participate in the alternative spring break trip to Costa Rica sponsored by the Office of International Education.
Frank Le, a senior at the University at Albany, decided to study abroad in Japan at Kansai Gaidi University in the spring of 2013. Little did he know how much the experience would change him, since soon after returning back to the United States, he began looking at other opportunities to return to Japan after graduation. Such an opportunity was presented to Frank this past winter through the the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program, a program that will give him the chance to return to Japan this summer in the city of Himeji.
Read more about what Frank had to say about his experience with the application process for the scholarship, as well as how he plans to take advantage of this overseas opportunity here.
International Institute, Madrid, Spain
My semester in Spain went very well. I really enjoyed taking classes, meeting my professors and had a wonderful internship with the Centro de Acogida a refugiados (Refugee Reception Centre). While there, I conducted entrance interviews with new residents, helped them register with Town Hall, requested records and attended doctor appointments to help translate. >>
Reprinted by permission from the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Winter 2013-14 Newsletter.
Erica Miller- In My Own Words
Universidad del Salvador (USAL), Buenos Aires, Argentina
I studied abroad at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the 2012-2013 academic year. As a Spanish major, I went hoping to improve my fluency in Spanish, but in the end, I got so much more out of it. I found myself in an amazing, colorful, chaotic city that never ceased to fascinate me, even after being there for almost a year. Buenos Aires is a blend of Europe and South America and the whole country is a place rich in history and culture. It is a place that is politically charged, caught between a recent turbulent past and their future. I was inspired by how passionate and involved all young people were in politics and government. Through my classes, talking with friends, witnessing strikes and protests over government, economics and class struggle, I learned to really educate myself on current events and politics, and formed my own political opinions, things that we don’t always encourage young people to do in the US. >>
Kelly Black (psychology major) was chosen from a large pool of applicants to represent the Psychology academic program at DIS and will be blogging about all of her different experiences during her academic year 2013-14 at DIS, ranging from classes, field studies & study tour visits to getting to know Danes and exploring Copenhagen. You can check out her blog here.
Emmerline Francesca Nelson - In My Own Words
United States International University, Kenya, Africa
I studied abroad in the beautiful city of Nairobi, Kenya located in East Africa in the spring of 2013. I have always desired to study abroad but I believed that I lacked funding to do so. However, I put all of my doubts and negative thoughts aside and decided to visit the study abroad fair during the Fall semester of 2012. I learned about KEI (Knowledge Exchange Institute) in partnership with SUNY Albanyís study abroad program offered at the United States International University (USIU) in Nairobi, Kenya. At that moment I promised myself that I would do anything in my power to participate in the program. Although I became excited and eager after being accepted into the program, on the plane I became sad and felt alone. It hit me that I would be living in a foreign country without any family or friends for three months. I was scared. However, upon arrival I realized that I was not alone. >>
The University at Albany has teamed up with Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paolo, Brazil, to offer its students a new summer study abroad program. Fourteen UAlbany students and recent graduates recently returned to the region from the inaugural trip to South America, where they learned about Brazilian business and its economy >>
QUEENSBURY -- Cambodia 101 is the course on University at Albany junior Ben Cramer’s schedule this semester.Cramer, of Queensbury, was scheduled to leave Friday on a nearly daylong flight for Cambodia, where he will be helping to teach English with the Global Service Corps until December.Cramer, a graduate of Glens Falls High School, said he first became interested in traveling abroad for a service project when a friend, also a student at UAlbany, traveled to Tanzania. >>
From the 9/6/2013 Glens Falls Post-Star
Community Service in Tanzania - Fall Semester
Check out Ayoade Adeyemi's photo essay on his experience in Tanzania during the Fall of 2012. Adeyemi is a senior at UAlbany with a double major in Public Health and Psychology.
Get more details about the Global Service Corps Tanzania Service Learning Program.
Smiley Rojas-Nunez - In My Own Words
Spanish Language & Chilean Culture at ECELA, Santiago, Chile
Warm weather, blue skies and the bright shining sun.†This is not the scenery I am used to seeing on December 30th, but this is the beautiful sight I was able to see when I touched down in Santiago, Chile for my study abroad trip this past wintersession. After getting to know the other students who were traveling abroad with me at the airport, we all loaded up into a taxi and then I was dropped off at my host familyís house. Coming from living in a dorm, it was strange to be in such a beautiful home, and it took a while to get used to the fact that thatís where I would be living for the next three weeks. I was first greeted by the father of the house, who took the time to explain to me what life was like in Chile. He could speak both English and Spanish, but as a native Spanish speaker, I was ready and willing to improve my Spanish. >>
Bethany Reichen - In My Own Words
Culture and Customs of Senegal, Senegal, Africa
Every day since I came home, someone has asked me "How was your trip?" and all I can do is smile and tell them "it was amazing!" And then they look at me, expecting more, and for once in my life, I have nothing else to say.
So if you are one of those people, I am sorry. If you have been reading this as I went, then maybe you can understand why it was amazing, although that still does not excuse my lack of further explanation.>>
June 18 to July 11, 2013
3 weeks - 3 credits - $3000
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