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Congratulations, Scholarship Recipients!

We're proud to announce the recipients of HECUA's Spring 2018 Scholarships. At HECUA, we are committed to making our programs affordable for all students. Over the last twenty years, we’ve distributed hundreds of scholarships. We offer three types of awards to students in HECUA programs: the Scholarship for Racial Justice, the Scholarship for Social Justice, and the Scholarship for Community Engagement. Read More »

Study Abroad

How many enologists does it take to screw in an airlock? – Quentin in Italy

Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Quentin Ikuta will be HECUA’s student blogger for our Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Justice in Italy program this fall semester. Quentin is a University of Minnesota – Twin Cities student majoring in Applied Economics and […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

Human Rights and Communication: My Internship in Ecuador

Artist-designed posters based on feminism and living in a digital world, created for a workshop sponsored by internship site El Churo.  Abigail Blonigen is HECUA’s student blogger from the Community Internships in Latin America program in Ecuador this fall. Abigail, a Spanish, English, and Global, Cultural & Language Studies major from the College of St. […] Read More »

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Behind the Scenes

From an alum: support HECUA student scholarships!

Each November we take some time out of our busy schedule of alumni profiles and student stories to ask for your support. If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you know that our programs make a significant difference in the lives of our students and the health of our communities here and abroad. We […] Read More »

Study Abroad

Field Trip of a Lifetime: Yasuni National Park

Abigail Blonigen is HECUA’s student blogger from the Community Internships in Latin America program in Ecuador this fall. Abigail, a Spanish, English, and Global, Cultural & Language Studies major from the College of St. Scholastica, will be sending dispatches from the field this semester. You can read Emily’s first post here. To learn more about […] Read More »

Study Abroad

Welcome to Wellington!

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, I head to Bowen House for my internship with James Shaw, co-leader of the Green Party and newly confirmed Minister of Climate Change. Read More »

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Study Abroad

Beyond the Classroom: On the Frontlines of Community and Culture in Oslo

Overall, I am incredibly thankful for the internship component of my semester. To me, there seems no better way to be immersed in Norwegian life than being on the front lines of nonprofit organization work in the Oslo community. It perfectly supplements my academic experiences, helps me to feel like a participating member of the Oslo community, and expands my knowledge of Norwegian culture. Read More »

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Study USA

Farming, Phone-banking, and Body Painting: HECUA internship update

Each HECUA program in the United States includes significant time in the field during a 20 hour-per-week internship placement. Each student in our semester-long domestic programs works with HECUA’s Manager of Internships and Community Partnerships, Emily Seru, to select an internship site and project that meets their learning goals. On a blustery October day, we […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

Unheard Voices in Northern Ireland

A ‘peace wall’ separating Protestant/Unionist and Catholic/Nationalist communities in Derry-Londonderry. Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Hilary Wickenhauser will be HECUA’s student blogger for the Northern Ireland: Democracy and Social Change program this fall semester. Hilary is a Gustavus […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

A whirlwind first month in Quito.

It is hard to believe I’ve already been in Quito for 20 days. But at the same time, it feels like so long ago that I disembarked, praying my luggage made it, looking for my name on one of many homemade signs held by families beaming with excitement. I had no idea what to expect. My first time speaking Spanish to a native speaker was when I went through immigration at the airport. Read More »

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