Pre-Departure: United Kingdom
Sep23

Pre-Departure: United Kingdom

  “The greatest danger in life is not to take the adventure.” – George Mallory   Today, I will embark on the most note-worthy adventures of my almost-twenty-year old life (my birthday is October 14th in case you were wondering). I’ve traveled to fifteen states and been out-of-the country once, but none of those experiences can compare to completely immersing myself in a new country away from friends,...

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Sweet Home Africa
Sep19

Sweet Home Africa

Fall of my senior year at Alabama my best friend Sarah Justus, also a Music Education undergraduate, told me about the COST program (The Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching). The thought of teaching abroad terrified me. I imagined the worst–being alone, different languages, and really bad foreign food; why would I subject myself to that? After my initial hesitation, I imagined I would get some “sign” if going...

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Sawatdee ka from Thailand!
Sep19

Sawatdee ka from Thailand!

I have only ever left the country once in my life and that was just this past summer. I went to the Philippines for 2 months and loved Southeast Asia so much that I just had to go back. Now, I find myself in Thailand. The decision to study abroad was rather spontaneous, actually. I am a junior at UA and far enough ahead in my major/minor requirements that I could graduate early. BUT, having scholarship for 8 semester led me to look...

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Willkommen in Köln!
Sep19

Willkommen in Köln!

Hello from Cologne, Germany! My name is Chelsey, I’m a senior, and I will be student teaching in this great city until December first. I arrived in late August, after a crazy almost-24-hours of traveling, and have been settling into my new life since then. How am I getting this great opportunity, you might ask? Well, I’m going through the COST program, or the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching. It’s a program...

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First Week Recap
Sep19

First Week Recap

Wow this first week has been absolutely incredible. First getting here I was filled with all kinds of different emotions, but it’s safe to say I am in love with this place. The friends I’ve made so far, the people I’ve met, and the sights I’ve seen are all wonderful. Getting settled did take a couple of days with the time adjustment but I have made the most out of the time I’ve had here! My favorite sight...

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