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How to return from a study abroad semester in Ecuador.

A mini-reunion of Hecua Ecuador students– In St. Paul, MN! We were lucky enough to have three student bloggers from the Community Internships in Latin America program in Ecuador in Spring of 2017. This week, Maya Swope, a Macalester College student majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography returns to the blog for her post-program analysis. […] Read More »

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Breaking Through Barriers with a Triumphant Sound: Fannie Lou Hamer

In addition to semester-long programs in the United States and abroad, HECUA offers a Race in America: Then and Now, a summer-term program. Race in America is a three-week-long exploration of the Black Freedom Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as current movements for racial and economic equity, based in Jackson, Mississippi. HECUA Race in America alumna […] Read More »

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From Race in America student blogger Jeffery: The Middle Passage

In addition to semester-long programs in the United States and abroad, HECUA offers a summer-term program: Race in America: Then and Now. This program is a three-week-long exploration of the Black Freedom Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as current movements for racial and economic equity, based in Jackson, Mississippi. We’re delighted to tell you […] Read More »

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Treaty rights and food forests – first impressions of New Zealand.

On our second day, we went down the gravel road to Wairarapa Forest School. This is an outdoor classroom created for children, integrating children back into the outdoors. Its focus is to let children be children--to teach them about bugs, soil, gardening, trees--things that children no longer truly learn about in today's society. We were welcomed in a traditional Māori way. Māori words were exchanged and we entered the circle and sang a Māori song. This classroom was so welcoming, I too felt like I reentered my childhood. While barefoot, we climbed trees, looked for bugs, and drank from the fresh spring with the children. Afterwards we explored the land. Read More »

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A Fancier French Fry – More from Italy blogger Cat

I remember in sharp clarity the person I was three and a half months ago, and I’ll be honest; she’s not that different from the person I am today, even now that I’ve nearly finished studied abroad. Read More »

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Phone free in France – Italy student blogger Cat Braza

The first day of our fall break—which marked the halfway point in our semester abroad—a millennial’s worst nightmare happened: I left my phone on the bus. Read More »

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Beach cleanups for credit – more from Thomas, New Zealand blogger

I always saw New Zealand as being in better shape environmentally compared to the United States. I was shocked to find bags upon bags of trash in just a few months of participating in the cleanups. Read More »

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Introducing Italy student blogger – Cat Braza

Indeed, one of the things I love most about Montespertoli, the little town where I study, is its Piazza del Popolo and how integral it is to life here. When the golden evening sunlight spills in, kids are chasing each other on little bikes and fighting each other with plastic swords and speaking in high-pitched Italian. Read More »

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XTreme Zero Waste! – More from student blogger Thomas Stephenson

I’ve been in New Zealand two weeks, and I’ve already experienced so much it was tough to limit myself to one topic! After our group’s tour of the Xtreme Zero Waste recycling and reuse plant in the small surf community of Raglan, however, I knew that this was experience I wanted to share. Read More »

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Introducing Norway student blogger: Ella Budzinski

The woods around Sognsvann are nothing short of magical and we found berry patches deep in the woods that were bursting with blueberries. We could have picked all night, but settled for filling up our bags. Read More »

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