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Student Travelogues

December 4, 2012

I look forward to returning to Urukundo next summer to see how the agricultural practices are holding up and to witness the progress in animal productivity...

September 29, 2012

This past summer of 2012, I attended a study abroad trip with Dr. Marianne Fivek and Dr. Ann Swinker, and fifteen other students from Penn State. The trip was for an embedded course on French Equine Industries in Normandy. The objective of the trip was to learn about the horse business in France, which included, breeding, transportation, dressage, racing, showing, and selling.

Me with a Kangaroo at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
August 28, 2012

My love of exploring new places, my passion for Steve Irwin, and my fascination of the world down under...

A handful of the friends that I made on my program and myself (far right) on a trip that our program planned for us to Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
August 28, 2012

Although I love Penn State, my semester in Galway, Ireland may be the best couple of months that I’ve had during my college experience.

August 28, 2012

To sum up Costa Rica in one sentence I would have to say that the people are welcoming, the landscapes are breathtaking, and the culture, food, and activities are perfect! Make the trip!

July 20, 2012

I have never been on a plane, let alone, overseas. I took this opportunity to go on this trip because of the endless possibilities, to experience a different culture and explore where my ancestors have originated from.

Monkey Temple
July 20, 2012

Aside from all the wonderful things I saw, I am extremely grateful for all the friends I made on this trip. This trip tested my confidence and my independence and from it, I believe I have become a stronger person...

June 14, 2012

This 1 week field trip to Honduras is intended to provide a broad overview of the many issues facing local development initiatives in rural communities. The trip will expose us to local projects and initiatives developed during the last few years in the Yeguare valley to improve the local economy and reduce extreme poverty. These changes are slow and difficult and not always with positive results. Our hope is that this trip will help provide insight into difficulties of rural development.

Lindsay laying a variety of seeds in one of the raised seed germinators.
June 14, 2012

One of the most inspiring messages from the trip was from one of the Embera women who explained that the community of Piriati lived day-by-day...

June 14, 2012

After putting our boots on we walk to the shed, grab our shovels and wheel barrows, and head back to the nursery to pick out some baby trees that look big enough to plant...

Andrew feeding the seagulls at the Dingle Peninsula
June 14, 2012

It fascinates and delights me that you can travel over 3000 mile across an entire ocean and still be able to connect with someone of a different culture and upbringing on a personal level...

June 13, 2012

This was an experience of a life time! If you love animals, especially horses, and would like to experience an unforgettable cultural experience this is the trip for you!

The city of Paris from the steps of the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmarter
June 13, 2012

The most difficult question to answer is what was my favorite part of the trip...

Ashley at the Heidelberg Castle with the town in the background.
June 13, 2012

Today’s world is becoming increasingly more globalized, so it is very important for us to realize we aren’t the only ones here and that we all contribute something to the world. We share our resources and products with one another to make the world complete. This was such an amazing experience and I am truly blessed to have been able to participate.

May 30, 2012

The Penn State CED class arrived in Nairobi, Kenya in their efforts to work in collaboration with the Children & Youth Empowerment Centre (CYEC) in Nyeri, Kenya. The class is comprised of nine students and three faculty members from the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. The CYEC functions to provide street orphans and at-risk youth with education and vocational skills so that once they leave the Centre, they may be able to generate income on their own. The students are working closely with the older youth at the facility who participate in a Community-Based Organization (CBO) who run their own small businesses to generate income. During the three week immersion, PSU students will assist the CBO youth in projects like; small business workshops, resource identification in the locale, livestock production, and hay making.

November 10, 2011

Growing up I always heard people talk about Ireland and how beautiful it is and that if I ever got a chance to travel there I should take it. In the Spring semester of 2011 that opportunity had presented itself...

November 3, 2011

It was amazing to realize how similar these youth were to us even though we’ve grown up worlds away. I learned a lot about what it’s like to grow up in a developing country and that my hopes and aspirations are not that dissimilar from theirs.

November 3, 2011

It was so entertaining and interesting comparing our lives, and finding the similarities and differences between us... In addition, I feel that I have gained a whole new perspective on my life...

November 3, 2011

After months and months of waiting for this trip to come, it was finally here!