Tips and Tales From Around the Globe

Going Green Abroad

Rebecca Newman | June.27.2022

 

Are you excited to explore the world but worried about how your travels abroad might impact the environment? If so, this is the right blog for you! In response to the overwhelming global climate crisis, Global Experiences (GE) is pleased to make Sustainability a key priority when considering organizational, operational, and programming decisions. We understand that the only way to effectively combat this crisis and mitigate the effects of climate change is to drastically reduce our environmental impact. Therefore, Global Experiences, part of the AIFS Abroad family, has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by the year 2025. You can read more about the Green Initiative on our website. While this is a super exciting initiative for GE, we also want to provide resources to interns to improve sustainable practices during their travels. Below are some tips to follow during your internship abroad experience, to reduce your carbon footprint.  

Seeing Your "Othered" Identity as Your Superpower

Kory Saunders | June.20.2022

You may feel that you are the "other" because you are the only person or one of the few people with your identity(s). In context, "othering" occurs when a marginalized identity differs, and is often excluded, from that of the dominant culture. When speaking of othering in this context Jiaqi Zhou defines it in a helpful way. “Othering is a way of negating another person's individual humanity and, consequently, those that have been othered are seen as less worthy of dignity and respect. On an individual level, othering plays a role in the formation of prejudices against people and groups.” (Jiaqi Zhou, https://www.verywellmind.com)

Practical Packing for Your Time Abroad

Kelsey Bridewell | May.24.2022

 

Are you ready to jet off on the experience of a lifetime?

I am sure you have heard time and time again that studying, interning, and traveling abroad will change your life. However, packing up your life to live out of a suitcase for 2, 4, 6 months, to a year is tough! You may be asking yourself, should I bring these pants? Well, if I bring these pants, then I must bring this shirt... But if this is one outfit, then I need to bring these shoes because they are the only thing that goes with that outfit! The cycle continues until you are completely over packed and out of space in your double suitcase and carry on. Fear not! I am here to help you with a master packing guide and anecdotes from past travelers.

The Study Cycle- 6 Steps To Studying Successfully

Kelsey Norton | April.05.2022

The study cycle is a tried and true way of retaining information and developing a complete understanding of a course. When moving to a new country, and learning a new language it can be hard to understand the course structure, and even harder to develop a study routine. The goal of a study cycle is to add structure to your already hectic schedule. By carving out time in your daily life, to study you can then effectively learn the material. So let's take a look at what the study cycle is, and some ways we can use and modify it to fit your needs when you are abroad. 

4 'Touristy' Destinations in Florence, Italy Worth Visiting

Kelsey Norton | March.29.2022

Florence is the know for its historic beauty, renaissance architecture & art, and the rich culture that is found within the city. When in Florence these four tourist destinations are worth visiting and will provide the experience of going back in time.

6 Ways To Add Some Adventure To Your Internship Abroad

Kelsey Norton | February.15.2022

Are you looking to make the most of your time abroad? Are you looking for adventure and something new?  Here are 6 ways to add some extra excitement during your internship abroad!

5 Ways To Prepare For Your First Day On The Job

Kelsey Norton | February.09.2022

You did it! You made it through the interviewing process and stood out against everyone else — and you got the job! And now, after accepting your job offer, it’s time to start your first day. Here are 5 ways to have your best first day possible.

8 Fun Facts About Spain

Kelsey Norton | January.11.2022




Many people know Spain for its amazing food, architecture, and football teams, but let's dive deeper into their history with 8 fun facts!

NYE Traditions & Celebrations Around the World

Kelsey Norton | December.28.2021




All around the world as midnight strikes and 2022 begins, we all celebrate a little differently. But one of the things we have in common is celebrating the past and the present. As the world starts slowly opening up again, this year we wanted to highlight different New Years traditions and customs around the world! 

Success Story: Charlie's Internship in London

Charlie O. | December.07.2021




There is nowhere quite like London. I first lived here as a college student, when I studied abroad during my junior year. I always planned on going back to London right after I graduated, but I graduated in 2020. You know what that means. Fast forward to a year later, and I'm part of the first in-person program since last March.

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