Check out stories by our students learning around the globe.

Adventures in South Africa and Mozambique 2012: Ashley Pilipovich, Environmental Resource Management

September 29, 2012

It was the most valuable learning experience I have ever been a part of!

Equine Industries in France - Maria Dahl, Animal Sciences Major, INTAG minor

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.

Brisbane, Australia: Morgan Porter, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

August 28, 2012

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

The Opportunity of a Lifetime: Ireland - Amanda Gregor, Immunology and Infectious Disease

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.

My Journey Through East Africa The School for Field Studies Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Management Program - Ashley Fehringer, Animal Sciences

August 28, 2012

I will never forget the first time I saw an African Lion in the Ngorongoro Crater, just a few feet from my jeep looking powerful, majestic and beautiful. And the cubs were adorable!

Costa Rica: A Bountiful Nation - BriAnna Myers, Horticulture

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!

The Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Affordable Greenhouse Venture: Improving Food Security in Kenya and Rwanda - Arianna De Reus, Community Environment Development (CED)

August 28, 2012

I was raised to value service to others above all things and the HESE program has enabled me to work on real-life, social entrepreneurial ventures with great social impact.

Queensland, Australia: Jeanette Blank, Agricultural and Extension Education

August 15, 2012

Crocodile Dundee made me want to visit Australia…

More than Just a Spanish Class - Costa Rica Spanish Field Studies: Alyssa Sheppard, Animal Sciences

July 20, 2012

...the tropical air immediately began to seep into every pore and with it, the “pura vida” way of life...

The First Trip of A Lifetime - Germany: Chelsie Beck, Wildlife and Fisheries Science

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.

My Time in Perth, Australia: Andrew Clark

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...

Veterinary Medicine and Conservation in Central America; Ashley Moyer - Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences, Kinesiology

June 14, 2012

Belize is a great place to visit, and an even better place to study wildlife medicine and conservation.

Featured Class Blog: Spanish for Agriculture Field Studies (Costa Rica)

June 14, 2012

Featured Class Blog: CED 499B - Honduras

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.

Environmental Sustainability in Panama - Lindsay McPhail

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...

Tres Chicas en la Jungla - Costa Rica: Bernadette Brogden

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...

An Irish Odyssey - Andrew Haverstick

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...

CED 499B: Honduras - Economic Development in the Developing World: Tyler Doppelheuer

June 13, 2012

Que Pedos?

CED 499B: Honduras - Economic Development in the Developing World: Kayla Lovallo

June 13, 2012

Having the opportunity to see development first-hand is an eye-opening experience!

Horses and France, What More Could You Ask For? Katie Branham

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!

French Equine Experience - Melissa Wise

June 13, 2012

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

Food Travels Germany - Ashley Mignogna

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.

Featured Class Blog: CED 499A - Children and Youth Empowerment Centre, Kenya

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.

Exploring Agricultural Leadership in Europe: Ireland, the Celtic Tiger and Modern Agriculture: Andrew Schlegel

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...

Penn State in Kenya - Caroline Gimmillaro

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.

An African Adventure: Kenya Style - Sarah Peterson

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...

Food Science Tour of Italy/Switzerland - Caitlin Anderson

November 3, 2011

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

China CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences) - Alex Devaux

November 3, 2011

China is without a doubt one of the most fascinating places I have been.

Comparing US and French Agricultural Systems - Meghan Kane

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.

Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity in Brazil - Tara McClintic

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...

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