What Students Say
Johnita Denson | 18 Days in Beijing, China
Describe your trip: The trip was amazing. For starters, each of the participants from Edmonds was great to be with and friendly so that helped. The experience of touring Beijing and the surrounding area was awesome.
What did you enjoy most? I enjoyed so many things I don't think I can choose one. I think above all I enjoyed the experience of traveling and getting to know people from all over the world. I learned about as much Russian as I did Chinese
Would you go back? Yes. But I would love to visit other regions.
Where next? Europe.
Any advice? Keep calm and take lots of pictures. And I really learned that speaking the language isn't the only way to communicate.
Steven Kay | 18 Days in Beijing, China
Describe your trip: Well, I went not really knowing what to expect. The first couple of days were a little bit overwhelming, not knowing where anything was, or even my relative location in the city of Beijing, but once I started to venture out and explore, it became much less stressful. It was awesome experiencing a totally different culture, trying totally unfamiliar foods, and seeing amazing historical architecture.
What did you enjoy most? Probably all of the new foods I tried, and the friends I made.
Would you go back? Yeah, definitely! It was a fun, eye-opening experience for me.
Where next? Thailand! I love me some Thai food. I want to see how it tastes in Thailand. Also, I heard that Shanghai was nice, and the food is more similar to American Chinese food.
Any advice? Do study abroad, and have fun! I'm the father of two young kids, so it was a miracle that I was able to go at all, so if you have the opportunity to broaden your horizons, seize it! And don't be discouraged if you feel totally lost at first. That passes. Just keep forcing yourself to get out there and try new things and explore new places. It'll pay off, I promise!
Kayleigh Siaris | 10 Weeks in Cape Town, South Africa
Describe your trip: The trip was absolutely amazing. It was life changing. I saw so many wonderful things, ate great food, heard talented musicians, had interesting conversations and met people that impacted my thinking.
What did you learn? I learned that culture in the States is not the absolute culture. Growing up in the same country all of your life, I think that people automatically assume that their culture is worldwide. However, there are very distinct cultural divides that are present and the more that we can recognize those, the more we can understand people and why they act or do the things that they do.
Would you go back? I would return to South Africa in a heartbeat, and plan to. Realistically, I am looking at a couple years until I can return. In the mean time, I will focus on college and saving to make it back! The country is gorgeous, the food is amazing, the people are so friendly and life moves slower there. What's not to like?
Where next? Next, I would absolutely love to travel to India! Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Greece and the Middle East are also on the top of my list!
Any advice? My advice to someone interested in joining the program would be to be persistent and driven. Raising the funds for the trip and the process that you take with paperwork, etc. can be daunting, but if you stay motivated and positive, things will fall in to place. There were several occasions in which I didn't think that I would be able to fund the program but I stuck with it and made it happen.
Peter Munger | 10 Weeks in Valencia, Spain
Describe your trip: Amazing. It was one of the best experiences in my life.
What did you learn? I gained confidence since I was able to successfully adapt in a foreign country on my own.
Would you go back? Yes! I know I will go back.
Where next? Not sure yet, but I plan on returning to Europe ... especially Spain.
Any advice? If you're considering it ... do it! Before you go, try to learn the language and learn about the place you will be staying. Also, do other trips while you're there. Travel and Study Abroad will change your life!
Tony Stockl | 10 Weeks in Florence, Italy
Describe your trip: Enchanting!
What did you learn? More in those 10 weeks than in my entire life – culture. I found my identity there.
Where next? Havana, Cuba. Once you study abroad, you can't stop.
Would you go back? Of course! I plan on teaching English in Florence in two years then, hopefully, the rest of my life.
Any advice? Don't be cautious of asking for more financial aid if you can't afford it. Other than that, believe me when I say that studying abroad will change your life for the better. Also buy your own groceries! But also try the authentic restaurants.
Kiersten Snel | 10 Weeks in Florence, Italy
Describe your trip: Celebration of life!
What did you learn? The understanding and appreciation for a culture that is so much older and richer than America's, and seeing a way of life where who you are and what you believe is more important than what you do for a living and what kind of car you drive.
Where next? Anywhere. I just love traveling and experiencing other ways of life and styles of living.
Would you go back? Absolutely! I plan on returning to teach in Florence after I obtain my teaching degree.
Any advice? Do it! It is the best kind of education any student can hope to receive to learn about life firsthand and not just through a book.
Sarah Landsberg | 10 Weeks in London, England
What did you learn? A lot about myself and others that made it completely worth it. It opened my eyes to so many different places and experiences.
Where next? Back to the UK or to France. However, there is a chance I might be studying in Italy and Greece soon.
Would you go back? In a heartbeat!
Any advice? Go. Follow your own path, even if the place you choose seems cliché. There is nothing like living and experiencing a new country.