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    • I Am Because You Are

    • South Africa Term
    • The spirit and heart of South Africa is so intricately woven into the term 'Ubuntu'- meaning 'I am because you are.' Understanding the interconnectedness of humans and how much our identity is bound up in one another was one of the most incredible...
    • Five Old Gentlemen Peaks

    • China Studies Program (CSP)
    • Five Old Gentlemen Peaks. One day, my friends and I decided to take an adventure up the mountain behind our school campus. It was quite a tiresome climb up the steep mountain. I was determined to keep going because I wanted to see the view so...
    • Small Russian Orthodox Church

    • Russian Studies Program (RSP)
    • Russians gather outside a small Orthodox church just outside the ancient Russian village of Vladimir. This church is one of the oldest in the country. It is located in the middle of a field, far from town. In the spring, the field is flooded and...
    • Basket of Chickens

    • Guatemala Term
    • During Guatemala term, we took a few weekend excursions. This one happened to be to Lake Atitlan -a huge lake surrounded by volcanoes and little pueblos. We spent one day on the boat visiting a few of the different pueblos. On our way down this...
    • Collision

    • South Africa Term
    • This photo was taken on the ferryboat to Robben Island in Cape Town. It captures a collision of cultures and of generations; everyone in South Africa was impacted by Apartheid on some level and to see the different people that go to Robben Island...
    • Little Treasures

    • Creation Care Study Program (CCSP)
    • We spent a week at Glover’s Atoll for our marine ecology class. More than once I’d stop in my tracks, look down at the hermit crabs scampering over the white sand, look up at the abundance of coconuts dangling from the palm trees, look around at...
    • The Camel Caravan

    • Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education (UMAIE)
    • My UMAIE group had decided early in our trip that we wanted to take a camel safari while in Egypt.  We learned that the best place to do so would be not near Cairo, but in Luxor, a smaller city further south, where we would pass through rural...
    • Rooftops

    • Middle East Studies Program (MESP)
    • My Egyptian Arabic instructor Mediha often spoke of the dust storms that occasionally strike Cairo with little warning in the winter and spring months. Her descriptions of these natural phenomena (dictated in a thick Middle-Eastern accent) always...
    • The Offering

    • Religious Traditions in Asia: Thailand
    • In Thailand, Buddhism and culture are one in the same. Buddhist symbols, temples, monks, and images are overwhelmingly present in everyday life. Images of the Buddha were originally created as an object of worship and in order to spread the...
    • Shore Reflection

    • England Term
    • The solitude expressed in this print of Kana Sterr looking out to the island of Arran in the North Channel is representative of our pensive mood that afternoon on the beach in Ayr, Scotland. We had only been abroad for one week, which was spent...
    • Separation from Reality?

    • Middle East Studies Program (MESP)
    • This photo was taken at one of many security checkpoints along the wall separating Israeli occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank town of Bethlehem. It was taken from the Palestinian side. This checkpoint is the one most common for the hordes of...
    • Shining with the Setting Sun

    • Japan Travel Writing
    • After hiking for most of the day and still having a ways to go before my friends and I could rest we stumbled upon a shrine tucked away in the mountains. Low on motivation and beginning to regret our decision to go hiking on one of the few free...
    • Gyros!

    • Greece and Turkey Study Tour
    • After spending the morning at the Acropolis in Athens, we had the rest of the day to explore and eat on our own.  Fellow IFOTA trekker Eric Boal and I were in search for the perfect gyro hotspot, as that quickly became our meal of choice in Greece....
    • Baba’s Meze

    • Global Learning Semesters (GLS)
    • In Cyprus, one of the most enjoyable evenings is one spent indulging in Greek meze and dance at a traditional Cypriot restaurant. To find an evening reservation for our last meze before returning home, we walked the restaurant-packed streets on the...
    • Camelvanting' Wadi Rum Style

    • Leaders for Change in Jordan and Israel
    • During our time in the Wadi Rum desert we were able to stay overnight and ride back on camels for several hours the next morning. It was an incredible experience riding in one of the most surreal places on earth, as the Wadi Rum desert is...
    • Sunset in Segovia

    • Spain Term
    • I took this photo during one of my last nights in Segovia. It captures perfectly the city's medieval atmosphere and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Segovia's famous gothic cathedral and centuries-old castle dominate the skyline, and...
    • One Size Fits All

    • International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership (IPSL)
    • One of my favorite parts of volunteering at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Sick and Dying Destitute was crawling on the rooftops to lay out the daily laundry in the Indian sun. These pants are wrapped and then tied around the men who come to the...
    • Great Wall Entrance

    • Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
    • During spring/Easter break while studying in Hong Kong, a group of us decided to go to Beijing for a week. As anyone can probably guess, tourism is huge in Beijing. Our guidebook mentioned a small town were the Great Wall was completely original...
    • One Way

    • Reconciliation and Role of the Church
    • Three colors on the signs and curbs represent more than just street art. Rather, the colors symbolize the underlying divides and apparent remaining hostility between the Protestant Unionist and Catholic Nationalist communities of Northern Ireland....
    • Children at Play

    • China Studies Program (CSP)
    • This is one of my favorite pictures because it captures the essence of life being lived. After a long day going from one historical site to another in Beijing, we stopped at the Temple of Heaven. From a distance I heard little children laughing and...

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