How to Survive Language Barriers: 5 Strategies for Better Communication

Last September, I packed my bags and left the only home I’d ever known, San Francisco, and landed in Senegal where I’d be living for the next 8 months during my Global Citizen Year. After a month of cultural training and language lessons in French, I learn that I will be placed into a homestay[…]

Discovering Interests in Guatemala: Growing Confidence

Nathan Lane spent two weeks in Guatemala with a group traveling to learn about themselves, the world and to develop traveling skills. This is his story: I guess it’s kind of cliché to say that the best thing about going to Guatemala was what I learned. But I’m not really big on travel for its[…]

What Study Abroad Taught Me: Overcoming Barriers and Accidental Friendship

Erin Beard took her study abroad trip as a junior in high school, to Germany. It changed her life forever. This is her story: The plane’s descent into Dresden made my ears “pop” in that way that makes you wish you had not yawned at 20,000 feet. The leap over the Atlantic started out from[…]