Now we all know that no one wants to worry about their parents while venturing through ancient cities in Europe or swimming in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, but lets be honest, they still exist even if they aren’t on the same continent. We’ve all been there; mom or dad hands you a couple of extra calling cards before you’re about to jump on the plane just to make sure you have ample resources to call home at every possible chance you get. While this may be a bit overboard, we have developed a quick “How to Survive Parents While Abroad” guide to help you enjoy your time overseas while also keeping your parents happily informed!
WE. ARE. OBSESSED. WITH. THESE. VIDEOS!
“3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films…..= a trip of a lifetime.”
I recently stumbled across a newly formed website called ‘Where I’ve Been,’ and was surprised to find that a lot of my friends were already on it! The site was just created in 2010 and already has 9.7 million members! If you’ve never heard of it, it’s simply a great way to record and share your travels with others. And when I say simply, I do mean that it is extremely simple to use. ‘Where I’ve Been’ automatically connects you with your Facebook account, making it easy to locate your friends and fill in your personal and travel information. The whole site is awesome (and FREE), but here are the some of the features that I found especially worthwhile! Continue reading
Nate Nault & The Study Abroad Blog
Abroad101’s Featured Blogs promotes leading blogs in the international education and travel space that showcase stories, news, or advice that help others to gain a global perspective. Here are some featured questions taken from an interview conducted with a blog that does just that!
1. Who are you, and what makes your blog unique?
My name is Nate Nault, and I’m a recent graduate of The College of The Holy Cross in
Worcester, MA. I studied abroad in St. Andrews, Scotland during my junior year of college and had the time of my life. In fact, I had such a great time that I decided to study abroad again during the Fall of 2011, this time through an intensive language program in Beijing, China. Continue reading
By Rachel Hartman
Adventure Number 1: Lavagem do Bonfim
I carefully tied the white bracelet to my wrist. Three knots, as instructed, wishes laced in between each. I briefly glanced over my right shoulder to find a group of men dressed up in spooky costumes. A bit frightened, I briefly glanced over my left shoulder to find a group of women dressed up in large, white dresses. I was thoroughly confused about my surroundings as well as the fact that everyone, including myself, was wearing white. But, I was there. I had my camera out, ready to shoot. My sneakers on, ready to walk.
Not knowing what was going on, we waited around for the locals to lead the way. And so it began. The four mile walk to the Bonfim Church for a ceremony we knew nothing about. All I was informed of was that the people of Salvador come together to celebrate the washing of Bonfim Church (Lavagem do Bonfim). Continue reading
By Brianna Gunter, Part 3
I can’t say that I never thought my trip would come to an end (because I adhere to the laws of time and common sense), but I can say that it appeared to come to an end much faster than expected. Looking back on my semester abroad however, I do find it pleasantly astonishing that I’ve learned and done so much.
I’ve been back in New Jersey for some time now. While I honestly didn’t feel too “culture shocked” upon arrival in Costa Rica, I did feel that way almost as soon as my plane landed back at Newark Liberty International.
It is summer now (thank goodness), but when I first came back Jersey was still in spring, a very cold spring! At least, I felt very cold after having spent all winter in a tropical country where the sun is out on most days. I’m much happier now that the weather has warmed up, but there have been a lot of other things that have made it not so easy to re-adapt to my former life. Continue reading
By Brianna Gunter, part 2.
Costa Rica is widely known as one of the world’s happiest nations. Actually, it is the happiest in the world. Just last year, the World Database of Happiness (yes, it exists) ranked this tiny Central American country first out of happiest nations with a score of 8.5 on a scale of one to 10. The U.S. ranked 20th with a score of 7.4.
While I lived in the capital of happy — a place more than 10 points happier than my homeland — I decided to examine just what it is that makes Costa Rica so darn full of smiles. After all, studying abroad has the tendency to turn a person into a great cultural examiner. There are of course the obvious reasons for happiness there: nice beaches, access to both the Caribbean and Pacific oceans, awesome forests and waterfalls, good weather, democracy, ice cream places on every corner, etc. Nevertheless my semester abroad led me to believe the true reasons for Tican happiness are a little more complex than palm trees and blue skies. Continue reading
One of our friend’s took this picture while she was studying abroad in Australia. What do you think, should we all pitch in and get this little guy a stroller? Perhaps we should give them the benefit of the doubt, I’m sure all morning he was begging his mother to let him be a dog for the day! We want to hear your comments 🙂