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Hear from IES Abroad Correspondents how their racial and ethnic identities intersect with their study abroad and internship experiences.


My Trip to the Oldest Township in South Africa!

February 5, 2019

            I’ve been in South Africa for approximately two weeks now, and it has been quite an experience! My original flight got canceled TWICE, so I ended up arriving a day later than my peers. However, I arrived JUST in time for orientation – literally, I got off the plane, went straight to my studio apartment (yes, I am currently living my best life), and went to orientation.

An Asian-American in France

January 8, 2019

Some jumbled thoughts and reflections from my experiences this semester as an Taiwanese-American woman in Europe

Black Girl's Guide to Solo Traveling

December 29, 2018

Tldr; Going somewhere new alone is different when you're female and Black, a concept parts of Europe are still being introduced to.

A Latin-American guide to Buenos Aires

December 15, 2018

As a latino male, I didn’t expect the type of culture shock I would experience in Buenos Aires. While the pasta and pizza joints on every block are a wonderful representation of Argentina’s Italian influence, I’ve seen and met a lot of people that lead me to believe that Argentina is evolving into an even more culturally rich country. There are new and old incomers from South American neighbors like Colombia, Ecuador, and other Latin American countries. To offer a glimpse into this, I want to tell you about some of my favorite go-to joints, where I feel at home.

Bite-Sized Spoken Word

November 30, 2018

At my home institution, some know me as a writer or performer, mostly through slam poetry. I knew I wanted to continue it in some capacity while abroad and I actually found a slam team at the local college but unfortunately, they only spoke German. After that, I decided that the best way to keep writing was to do just that, keep writing, and confine my spoken words to a sheet of paper. This is the mini series of short poems that I have crafted this semsester along with photo accompaniment. Less is truly more. 

No Spice but Still Nice

October 8, 2018

Barcelona! I’ve arrived, and so far so good! The taxi ride from the airport to my home was smooth, and when I got to the house my roommate and host mom welcomed me with a hug. I’m rooming with a friend with college, and she speaks fluent Spanish, so it’s been really helpful! Not only do I get to practice with my host mom every night on my Spanish but also with my roommate.

Barcelona Awaits

August 31, 2018

Hello all! It’s the final countdown to Barcelona of t-3 days!!  I am more nervous than ever and sweating profusely as the day gets closer and closer. Nothing is packed yet, and I’m sitting here reflecting on this exhausting summer of just hustle and grind. I worked three jobs to make this trip happen, and I intend to live this semester to the fullest. However, this is the first time I’m traveling alone without my family or friends and I am incredibly scared and excited to embark upon this journey to Europe for the next four months of my life.


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