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Student Travelogues

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."

While visiting the Cliffs of Moher the group was able to explore the cliffs’ many walking paths, both the safe and more perilous, and many great photo opportunities abounded with the superb weather.
June 21, 2018

“What made this trip so perfect for myself was the fact that, as a new world traveler, taking a trip to a land which shares such a great deal of similarities with our own, made the transition far easier.”

Me in Algar do Carvão, a lava-less volcano on Terceira.
June 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—In front of the Capital of Toulouse, France
June 12, 2018

As I was close to entering my last semester as an undergraduate at Penn State University, I realized I was missing something; a study abroad experience.

Exploring Xunantunich helped us understand the history and traditions that helped form societies.
June 12, 2018

“The ability to connect with people through our similarities instead of dividing us because of our differences will be a lesson I can carry with me wherever I go.”

June 5, 2018

"Often times, you learn the most in places you expect the least from and that was what I took away from my time spent in Eastern Europe in the Czech Republic."

Hiking on Quail Island
February 16, 2018

"I cannot think of one instance on this trip where I was not awestruck by the beauty of the fauna, or overwhelmed by how welcoming the people we met were”

A small smooch
February 16, 2018

By Hinal Modasia (Agribusiness Management major, International Agriculture and Sociology minor) “Behind every smile there is a story.”

Myself posing with cacti at the cactus farm we visited!
February 16, 2018

By Hannah Imgrund (Animal Science - Business Option major, Agriculture Business Management and Agronomy minor) “Make each day… a story worth telling.”

A photo of myself at the Cactus Plantation!
February 16, 2018

By Haley England (Agriculture Sciences major, Agriculture Business Management and Agriculture Communication minor) "Step outside of your comfort zone and experience the world!"

February 16, 2018

By Kathryn Jordan (Physical Geography - Climatology Focus major International Agriculture, Earth Systems, & Climatology minor) “I learned about European and US Agriculture, got to explore the city of Paris, and make seven new friends while living in one of the most remarkable European cities. I will never forget the experiences I have made on this trip and am forever thankful to Penn State for this opportunity”

Group photo in front of the French Ambassador’s house
February 16, 2018

By Kathryn Dietrich (Food Science major, Nutritional Sciences minor) "The College of Agricultural Sciences provided me with a unique, educational experience during my time abroad, one that I will not forget!"

This photo depicts a sunset in Granada, Nicaragua with some of my best friends, after a day of studying the effect of tourism on local economies.
February 16, 2018

By Rosemary Nicholson (BioRenewable Systems—BioProducts option major) "Is sustainable development possible? How to bring sustainability home?"

The images above are outside the Louvre.
February 16, 2018

By Elke Hess (Immunology and Infectious Disease) "Paris lived up to every expectation, except for the wine and cheese. They were even better than I could have imagined."

The Great Wall, Beijing, China
February 8, 2018

By Stephanie Velez (Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences major) “I didn’t know anything about China, nor a single word of Mandarin, but instantly decided, this is rare, I’m doing this.”

Cutting out pieces from plastic bins and tires with other students to insure the valves on the biodigestor are air-tight.
February 8, 2018

By Haley Stauffer Major in BioRenewable Systems, Minors in International Agriculture and Spanish. "There are few things I cannot resist in my life and the country and people of Costa Rica is at the top of the list."

Sightseeing at the Great Wall of China
February 7, 2018

By Mary Ann Ostach Majoring in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and minoring in International Agriculture and Equine Science. “I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see a new country with a culture so different from my own while gaining research experience in veterinary medicine.”