Outreach with the Guías y Scouts by Isabel Holland ’17

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Isabel Holland ’17
Major: Environmental Science
Minor: Education
School for Field Studies: Sustainable Development Studies, Costa Rica
Spring 2016

Reposted from SFS News From The Field blog

After a week-long break, we returned to the center feeling refreshed and ready to continue on with the last few weeks of our semester. On Friday we began our Direct Research preparations with a day of statistics classes. Saturday we had the opportunity to participate in community outreach. Over the course of the semester, our outreach activities have included a language exchange with local students, a day-long stay with a local family, sports with the neighbors, and volunteer hours at a recycling center in central Atenas and the university, as well as at a turtle rescue center. Continue reading “Outreach with the Guías y Scouts by Isabel Holland ’17”

Saying Goodbye to my Second Family by Cate Johnson ’17

30661Cate Johnson ’17
Majors:  French and Global Studies
Hamilton College, Paris
Full Year 2015/2016

 

As my yearlong stay in Paris draws to a close, I have been reflecting on what I will miss most about this incredible city. I can easily say that my wonderful host family has been one of the most positive and enriching aspects of my time here. Continue reading “Saying Goodbye to my Second Family by Cate Johnson ’17”

Good or Bad, Study Abroad Changes You for the Better

31826Grace Baldwin ’17
Majors:  Government and Global Studies
CIEE Study Abroad in Amsterdam-Social Sciences
Fall 2015

Amsterdam, oh Amsterdam. How I miss you so much!

I’ve officially been back at Colby for a little over a month now after studying abroad last semester with CIEE in Amsterdam and spending JanPlan in Italy. The transition back to Mayflower Hill has been exhausting, but I think I’m finally starting to get back into the groove of Colby life. Continue reading “Good or Bad, Study Abroad Changes You for the Better”

An Amazing Time to be in Cuba by Henry Levine ’17

Unknown-3Henry Levine ’17
Majors:  Spanish and Psychology
IFSA Butler: Universidad de La Habana Program, Havana, Cuba
Spring 2016

It is an amazing time to be in Cuba.  After mildly electrocuting myself trying to turn on a light the first day, I began acclimating myself to Cuba.  Cars from the 1950’s and 60’s serve as taxi cabs now, able to take you from one part of the city to another for a mere 40 cents. Continue reading “An Amazing Time to be in Cuba by Henry Levine ’17”

Patagonia arrival by Nathaniel Rees ’17

30248Nathaniel Rees ’17
Majors:  Studio Art and Environmental Policy
Round River Patagonia Program
Spring 2016

Re-posted from Round River Conservation Studies Blog

The last 5 days have been surreal. It seems like yesterday that we arrived in Coyhaique, bleary-eyed and in desperate need of a bathroom (too many in-flight Cokes). Yet tomorrow, we leave for a three-week backpacking conservation trip through the fjords of Bernardo O’Higgin’s National Park, and stoke levels couldn’t be higher. Continue reading “Patagonia arrival by Nathaniel Rees ’17”

The Wonderful Benefits of Being Uncomfortable by Ava Baker ’18

32044Ava Baker ’18
Global Studies & Music Majors
JanPlan in India, Kalimpong, India
January 2016

Being uncomfortable is actually quite comfortable. Contradiction? Maybe on the surface, but when you actually think about that statement, it’s quite true! The only way to extend your comfort zone, is to be uncomfortable. The more your “zone” extends, the less things, actions, or people can make you squirm, blush, or hide. And that, my friends, is a beautiful thing because it allows you to open your mind to the blissful wonders of this world. Continue reading “The Wonderful Benefits of Being Uncomfortable by Ava Baker ’18”