Check out stories by our students learning around the globe.

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...

Costa Rica - Environmental, Agriculture, and Community Development Tour - Kaitlyn Farkas

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.

Costa Rica Study Tour Travelogue - Chelsea Fitzpatrick

November 3, 2011

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

Chilean Adventure Travel Journal - Candace Boretzky

November 3, 2011

...I really don’t want to leave this place!!

Food Science Study Tour in Italy/Switzerland - Kelsey Belenko

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...

When In Italy… Food Science Study Tour - Maggie Harding

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!!

Kenya - Children and Youth Empowerment Centre - Danielle Robertson

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.

Ireland - Courtney Cowden

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.

An Aussie Experience - Mark Connors

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.

Issues in Economic, Community and Agricultural Development in Kenya - Kristelle Esterhuizen

November 3, 2011

From May 17th until June 7th I was blessed to be able to spend time in Kenya.

The Rich Coast (Costa Rica) - Andrew Puglia

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).

Honduras - Operation Wallacea - Abby Gelb

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.

Northern Italy and Switzerland - Food Science - Jennifer Updegrove

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.

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...

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.

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University Park, PA 16802