Caleb completed two of CGEE’s semester programs in a year, Central America and Southern Africa! Here is his profile with reflections on what he learned during his year abroad:
Name: Caleb Encarnacion-Rivera
School: Clark University
Social Change in Central America: Exploring Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement (Spring 2016)
Nation Building, Globalization and Decolonizing the Mind (Fall 2016)
Major: International Development
Most valuable experience: There are so many things I found valuable during my time abroad with CGEE. In Central America, the most valuable experience was being able to live in homestays. Homestays allowed me to build and cultivate long lasting relationships I will cherish for the rest of my life. Living in homestays enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of the regions I was living in through the lens of local people. Living in my home stays gave me new family members that I will never forget. In Namibia, my internship was definitely the highlight of my experience. I absolutely loved every moment of being able to serve in the city I was living in as well, as learn and grown from directly working with Namibian youth. My internship gave me the ability to not only learn or study in a foreign country, but gain work experience, and establish new networks beyond that of the United States.
Why encourage others to study abroad with CGEE: Both programs are life changing in numerous ways. I will cherish these moments for the rest of my life. If you are looking for an authentic study abroad experience these are the programs for you!
Did you know – as an Augsburg College student, you have access to study abroad programs in 90 different countries around the globe (including USA programs)? Here is one Auggie’s global story (Returned and want to be featured? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your global story):
Did you know – as anAugsburg College student, you have access to study abroad programs in 90 different countries around the globe (including USA programs)? Here is one Auggie’s global story in our new blog segment #AuggiesGoGlobal:
I chose CEA because they had a variety of homestay, residence hall, and apartment options for housing. In addition, they had an abundance of different class options. CEA also brings students on excursions throughout your abroad experience, which are all included in the program fee. The staff was incredibly kind and helpful in navigating culture shock and everyday life in a different country.
Did you know – as an Augsburg College student, you have access to study abroad programs in 90 different countries around the globe (including USA programs)? Here is one Auggie’s global story in our new blog segment #AuggiesGoGlobal:
English literature, language, theory, and creative writing
I chose this program because it fit perfectly with both of my majors. It was a good fit because it helped me to get credits toward graduating and also was a good country to live in for my first time out of the US. While it is not extremely similar to the states, Ireland offered some familiarity to me as also being a westernized country, which made the process of culture shock a bit easier to handle.
The following is a profile & reflection of Olivia Boerschinger, Augsburg College Alumni, Metro Urban Studies major, who completed a “Study Away in the USA” program with Augsburg’s partner organization, HECUA.
Olivia interned with Catholic Charities Refugee Services while participating on HECUA’s program “Inequality in America” during the spring semester of 2013.
She now works for Project for Pride in Living running programs for children transitioning from homelessness to a PPL supportive housing development in North Minneapolis. Olivia is currently supervising a HECUA intern enrolled in the Inequality in America program.