Student Diplomat Encourages Study Abroad Alumni to Enter Video Contest

September 27, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Education Abroad

By Benjamin Hershey, 2011 Student Diplomat

Studying and traveling abroad can be a life-changing experience, just ask anyone who has been on a program overseas! My study abroad in the summer of 2011 took me to Germany to study adaptations to climate change through progressive city planning. My studies were anchored in Dresden, a modern model of exemplary city planning since its recovery from complete destruction during World War II.... See More

Unbuilding Walls

July 26, 2012 | Topics: Education Abroad

By Mark S. Lenhart

I started my life in study abroad as a CET Beijing student during the 1987–1988 academic year. I was determined to learn Chinese, but thanks to a grant from the Bowdoin College Visual Arts Department, I also had the opportunity to take and develop photographs. I took hundreds of photos, and a classmate and I produced an exhibit called "Unbuilding Walls" when we returned to campus the next year. One of the pictures from that show is this photo of three Chinese girls with hopeful faces. ... See More

If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When?

July 19, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Education Abroad

By Jennifer Fritz

I was nervous when I walked towards room 351 BC of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston to present at the session, “Advocacy Snapshots: From Idea to Action.” Although I had presented at two regional conferences recently, I was still a bit apprehensive. Then I stepped in front of the room, looked at the audience and saw fellow advocates. I also saw friends…friends I had never met, that were all there for the same fundamental reason I was…to advocate.... See More

Creating an Organic Garden With Schoolchildren in Chile

May 24, 2012 | Topics: Education Abroad

By Elaina Loveland

I had some previous experience with sustainability projects but this was the first time that I would be leading an effort to promote sustainability. But once I talked to the director of the school and a chemistry professor, the project evolved into the idea that we would build an organic garden that could supplement the science curriculum by teaching the students about chemistry, the environment, and sustainability. The environmental and sustainability aspects of the project would be particularly important due to the fact that in Chile, especially in public schools, there is little emphasis placed on environmental education. ... See More

Students Connecting Our World Gains Momentum

December 15, 2011 | Topics: Education Abroad

By Ursula Oaks

"Students Connecting Our World" is wrapping up its first semester, and we're really excited about the response so far. In case you haven't heard, "Students Connecting Our World" is the student side of NAFSA's grassroots advocacy community "Connecting Our World." It's a place where college students can find a community of people like them interested in study abroad and learning about the world. We are inviting students to connect with each other online; share stories, tips, and ideas about study abroad; find resources; and discover new ways to support international education.... See More