Student Blogger

Falling in Love with Life Overseas: More from Becca

But the thing about studying or living abroad is that there really is no guarantee you will enjoy the experience. You can read all of the promotional material and Google Image search all you want, but there’s no way of telling whether you will be thriving or enduring the next three months until you have actually settled into your new life overseas. And to my slightly surprised gratitude, I have discovered that I love the abroad life. Read More »

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Study Abroad

Settling into Wellington: more from Michaela!

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, I intern at an organization called Conscious Consumers, located on a bustling area of Wellington called Cuba Street. Conscious Consumers is an organization of about fifteen people with a mission to connect ethically conscious consumers with sustainable businesses, in order to bring positive change to the world. Read More »

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Study Abroad

The most biodiverse place in the world – Alexa in Ecuador

First on the agenda was a “toxi-tour.” In the Amazon, there are valuable petroleum deposits. Specifically in Ecuador, these petroleum deposits give life to the economy. Here is the issue – the damage petroleum extraction does to flourishing environment is completely devastating. The struggle of finding a solution is even more devastating. What should a country like Ecuador do? A country that is economically funded by the market of petroleum, but also a country that contains the most biodiverse area in the entire planet. Read More »

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HECUA faculty

Martha Moscoso, Ecuador

We love highlighting the stories of students here on the HECUA blog, but occasionally we’d also like to introduce you to members of our hardworking staff and faculty. You can view any of the faculty profiles on our blog by clicking on the “HECUA faculty” link in the blog categories. Today’s subject is HECUA’s Community […] Read More »

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HECUA faculty

Alex Bielicki, The New Norway

We love highlighting the stories of students here on the HECUA blog, but occasionally we’d also like to introduce you to members of our hardworking staff and faculty. You can view any of the faculty profiles on our blog by clicking on the “HECUA faculty” link in the blog categories. Today’s subject is HECUA’s The […] Read More »

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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 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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Study Abroad

Life in the castle – student blogger Quentin in Italy

Next, a little about the HECUA program itself. I don’t want to make anyone cry of jealousy, but we are living at a castle on a vineyard in Tuscany, drinking wine every day from the vineyard where we live and cooking delicious Italian cuisine, with locally grown ingredients. We typically have class every weekday but Thursday, which we save for a visit to local farms and vineyards. Read More »

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