Student Travelogues

The edge of the Cliffs of Moher, 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean
July 2, 2019

This experience spending three and a half months in a new country was easily the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

On a morning game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater
July 2, 2019

When applying for study abroad, I never thought that this one decision would ultimately change my life forever.

Costa, one of the camp staff members, who quickly became one of my better friends in Tanzania, and I.
July 2, 2019

To be able to experience the wonders of Tanzania first hand, was an invaluable experience that will forever be a highlight of my life.

Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability, Technical University of Munich (TUM); “The energy content of each column equals one liter of heating oil.”
July 2, 2019

I have wanted to travel abroad since high school and the opportunity offered to us by supportive study abroad programs and faculty/staff here at Penn State, at the department, college, and university levels, allow us to bundle it into our tuition and current studies to fully nourish our understanding of the program we chose.

This picture was taken during a hike up Gangilonga rock in Iringa.
July 2, 2019

I have never had another experience that pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me so much about myself and the world around me. I will truly carry the lessons I learned during this trip every day for the rest of my life.

We took a ferry ride to an island off of Punta Areanas where nesting Magellanic penguins were currently living!
June 27, 2019

The cities, landscapes, and people of South America became an outdoor classroom of engaging lessons that could never be fully grasped on campus.

Testing out the roller crimper at the Center for No Till Agriculture outside Kumasi, Ghana
June 10, 2019

Akwaaba is the Ghanian phrase for “welcome,” however its meaning is layered in African culture, symbolizing friendship and acceptance to newfound friends.

Some of the students that we taught our aquaponics lesson to at the first school
May 29, 2019

The greatest take away that I gained from this trip was not a lesson that I expected to learn. It was not a lesson about education systems or agriculture, but a lesson about love.

A picture of me sitting in one of the stone resting places on a Mayan farm
May 23, 2019

“Going into this trip, I was expecting to learn about the culture and agricultural sector of Belize but in reality, I learned that agriculture can mean so many different things and that there is truly something to learn from everyone you meet.”

The view outside of our hostel during a free day spent exploring Queenstown, NZ (adventure capital of the world).
May 23, 2019

“I have learned to simply say “Yes” to the opportunities that scare me the most, and I am continuously surprised by the gift of personal growth that I gain in return.”

Jessica in India
May 23, 2019

I realized that “stuff” or “things” that are the American way should not be the reason for happiness.

The landscape in Tanzania was absolutely captivating. This photo was taken in Ndarakwai Camp, in northeastern Tanzania, during a game drive.
December 18, 2018

“One of the greatest aspects of this program was its multidimensionality. It intertwined biological and social studies, which is a reality of life because neither aspect exists in isolation.”

Drying our Napier grass on the roof to make silage.
December 8, 2018

"When people think of Africa, I feel as though many negatives come to mind; such as political unrest, war, poverty, unfavorable or unlivable conditions, and the list goes on. I would like to say that these stereotypes do not hold true for Kenya and many other African countries."

Views from the safari in the Solio game reserve. A picture of our entire group from Penn State along with our companion Sam.
December 8, 2018

"I was fortunate enough to travel to Kenya in May of 2018 for a bit less than 3 weeks; here are a few highlights from my trip. Arriving in Nairobi after what seemed like days of traveling was both shocking and exciting."

There are a mix of sandy beaches and rocky outcrops on the shore of Kilmore Quey.
November 26, 2018

"I not only learned about the Irish culture but why and how people use the land. The journey helped me realize more about my own personal beliefs and values and the need to ask more questions about why we do what we do."

my group and I on a ferry crossing a river after spending the day at Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve.
November 26, 2018

"Prior to enrolling in college, I knew that I wanted to study abroad either for a semester or during my summer break. For my first study abroad trip, I decided to choose a short-term program that would be held over summer break."

November 26, 2018

"The amount of experience and exposure I gained in this course was unlike any other internship or job I’ve had in the United States"

Me in Algar do Carvão, a lava-less volcano on Terceira.
November 12, 2018

As part of this embedded course, I had the opportunity to visit two islands of the nine-island Azorean archipelago and the capital of Portugal. This trip was my first time abroad and I loved every minute of it.

Me at the top of the Castle of Sao Jorge in Lisbon.
November 12, 2018

This embedded course was my first time traveling abroad and it was a truly unforgettable experience.

Garden on São Miguel Island
November 7, 2018

I gained great hands-on experience and knowledge about dairy cows on this trip and am looking forward to taking this knowledge of another country’s dairy industry and applying it back home in the U.S.

Our guide, Armando and I at the final spot to see the mountains in Torres Del Paine National Park
June 21, 2018

"Upon hearing of the once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Patagonia, one of the most remote and untouched regions of the world, through a Natural Resources and Sustainability course offered through the Environmental Resource Management department within the College of Agricultural Sciences, I knew I had to find a way to make it a reality."