Living with a Host Family in Cusco, Peru
Aug18

Living with a Host Family in Cusco, Peru

Initially, when I decided to study abroad one of my biggest concerns was the unknown of a host family. The program said we would get our housing assignments about two weeks before our program date. I did get the information as promised, but the information was an address, the host family’s last name, and a picture of the inside common room – thus it did very little to quell my concerns. My flight arrived at 5 am and I was...

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Coming home from Peru!
Jul13

Coming home from Peru!

Now that I am back home, I realized I was taking so much for granted. This trip was amazing and stressful all in the same time. Our original trip was to Nicaragua and we changed the location last minute due to violent protests in Nicaragua. Due to the recent change, our Peru trip was more of an adaptable experience. As a student facilitator of the trip, I was stressed to make sure that everything fell into place. But when I got back,...

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UA in Belize: First Impressions
Jun27

UA in Belize: First Impressions

Upon arrival to the Belize City Airport, I was nervous to go through customs, as this was my first time ever leaving the United States. A group of students on the trip with me gathered and helped me fill out the customs form and this made me less nervous. After going through customs which was actually quite easy, I picked up my luggage and headed outside to find my faculty instructor and most of the students from the course waiting...

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Advice to Future Study Abroad Students
Jun21

Advice to Future Study Abroad Students

My best piece of advice for future study abroad students is to have an open mind. I really like to make plans and stick to them, but things do not always follow through. For example, I was really looking forward to visiting Machu Picchu while in Peru, but we were unable to fly into Cuzco. We were all devastated, but we had more time to get to know each other while we were waiting at the airport and exploring Lima. While I definitely...

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Pre-Departure: Nicaragua Clinical Experience
Jun19

Pre-Departure: Nicaragua Clinical Experience

Every since I came to college, I have always wanted to study abroad. I had a small study abroad experience in high school, and I realized how much you can learn from surrounding yourself in another culture. It was actually this study abroad trip in high school that made me decide to major in Spanish. I decided soon after coming to the University of Alabama that I wanted to pursue a career in medicine, and use my Spanish skills to help...

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While Abroad – Peruvian Clinical Experience
Jun19

While Abroad – Peruvian Clinical Experience

Traveling to Tarapoto, Peru required two flights: our flight to Lima and another flight from Lima to Tarapoto. Honestly, I have not heard too many things about Peru and what it was like, so everything I saw was a bit of a surprise. When we arrived in Lima, it was very late at night so I did not see much. We stayed overnight for our morning flight and I got to see a peek of what Lima was like. It was very surprising honestly –...

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