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Student Travelogues

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!

November 3, 2011

I am a Francophile. I love just about all things French: The food, the language, the culture, and mostly just the way of life. The “joie de vivre” if you will.

November 3, 2011

...we head into the Atlantic Rainforest to spend the night with the Nature Conservancy. The rain couldn’t keep us in; we went on a hike to one of the facilities research stations...

November 3, 2011

If you are given to choice to travel abroad, I would highly recommend it because there are experiences you cannot learn in the classroom that will prepare you for the working world and the rest of your life.

November 3, 2011

For one month, June 2011, I traveled abroad, meeting and working with people from all over the world who shared at least one thing in common: a passion for conservation.

November 3, 2011

After a year of planning, preparing, and navigating through the study abroad process, I left for Costa Rica for three and half months to study with the School for Field Studies (SFS).

November 3, 2011

A loud roar of engines fills my ears as I’m pushed back into my seat. The plane goes barreling down the runway and Qantas flight QF008 takes to the air bound for Brisbane Australia; flight duration 16 hours. The realization has finally set in, I’m going to Australia.

November 3, 2011

I had a wonderful time, and gained knowledge and experiences I never could have learned from a textbook. Clearly, the best way to learn is by doing.

November 3, 2011

Last spring I spent the semester researching different crop varieties that would grow well in Kenya but I never imagined what my experience in Kenya would actually be like.

November 3, 2011

It was definitely the trip of a lifetime, and an absolutely incredible experience. Our stories of our trip have yet to end!!

November 3, 2011

After a seven hour plane ride, a two hour layover in Belgium, an hour and a half plane ride to Milan, and a three hour bus ride from Milan to Bologna, we finally arrived in Bologna...

November 3, 2011

I cannot believe ... all of the amazing things I had an opportunity to see.

November 3, 2011

The experiences that I have gone through, I will remember for the rest of my life. The learning experience and life experience was priceless.

Canola Flowers
November 3, 2011

I woke on the morning of May 21st in a cold sweat. At that moment, it finally sunk in that I would be traveling as far away from Downingtown, Pennsylvania as possible with people that I hardly knew.