Local conservation amid a global problem

Greetings from Denver, Colorado! I unfortunately had to return home from my study abroad experience earlier than expected. However, I still have many insights regarding Ecuadorian environmental attitudes that I am eager to share.  Throughout my time in San Cristóbal, Galápagos, I was struck by the abundance of signs, murals, and benches that implored me to help conserve the island. I believe these visual reminders reflect how aware Galapagueños are of conservation efforts. They recognize that they live in a …

Sustainability Fellow: Margot in Quito, Ecuador

¡Hola! My name is Margot, and I am an Environmental Studies major in the class of 2021. I will be studying abroad in Quito and San Cristobal (Galapagos) this spring. I am from Denver, Colorado, and I cannot wait to immerse myself in a new culture where my studies will come to life. As a Global Sustainability Fellow, I plan to explore how Ecuadoreans understand their relationship to natural resources. I am interested in comparing attitudes toward the environment and …

Emily in Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA

Hi, I’m Emily! This fall I’m studying at Wellesley College, an all-women’s liberal arts college near Boston, MA. I’m from New Jersey and a class of 2020 neuroscience major. With this blog, I want to document my experiences at Wellesley and explore topics like the difference of attending a co-ed liberal arts vs. all-women’s liberal arts college. I hope you’ll join me as I navigate through life at a different campus in the fall!

When Global Means Staying Home, Too

Written by Rachael Hanley, Director of Social and New Media in the Amherst College Office of Communications (Originally published on the Amherst College website, 27 February 2018)     When Rebecca Houedjissi ’18 decided to take a semester away from Amherst College, international study was an option—but not the only one. After considering a range of choices, Houedjissi decided to try a semester at Howard University, a historically black college that she had once considered attending full time. Howard offered …

Esperanza in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Oi gente! My name is Esperanza, and this semester I am studying in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Originally, I’m from Las Cruces, New Mexico. In Amherst, I am a class of 2019 Environmental Studies major. Here in Rio, I’m a student at Pontifícia Universidade Católica through SUNY New Paltz. I’m most excited to improve my Portuguese, study forest ecology, and embrace my inner beach bum.

Bella in Havana, Cuba

Hello! My name is Bella Berkley and I’m a junior studying Black Studies and LJST. I am taking the year to study in Havana, Cuba and can’t wait to share my second semester adventures with you!I decided to study in Cuba because of its large Afro-Cuban population and its well-preserved archive of slavery related legal codes. I’m also excited to use my year abroad to increase my Spanish level and start doing research for my thesis. I have already made …

Tran in India, Brazil, and South Africa

My name is Tran and I am an international student from Vietnam. I am spending my junior spring semester on IHP studies abroad program “Cities in 21 Centuries: People, Planning and Politics” in India (Ahmedabad), Brazil (São Paulo) and South Africa (Cape Town). As a Sociology major, I am eager to experience and reflect on how theoretical frameworks of social justice in Sociology play out in urban planning throughout this program. Three countries in one semester might sound a lot, …

Christine in Havana, Cuba

I’m Christine! I’m a twenty-year-old student from Brooklyn, New York and I’m studying in Havana, Cuba this spring.I’m a Black Studies and Spanish major, and I can probably be found dancing, eating, or cooking up trouble with my friends. I love my family, social justice, music, research, Twix chocolate candies, and my two godchildren. I spend hours talking with my professors – often times more than I should because #homeworkstruggle ¡Vamos a Cuba!

Matt in Santiago, Chile

Hey, everyone! My name’s Matt Randolph (Amherst ’16). I’m a History and Spanish double major and a current junior at Amherst College. I also hope to complete the Five College Certificate in Latin America, Caribbean, and Latino Studies. I’m studying abroad in Santiago, Chile for the 2015 Spring semester through the IFSA-Butler program. Don’t be shy: Check out my blog posts below! 😀