Education Abroad Blog

    Exchange from the Inside

    Hi, my name is Benett Zawasky and this summer I will be one of the exchange agents volunteering for the education abroad program at VIU.I am a third-year psychology major/sociology minor that just recently attended the University of Hertfordshire for the Spring 2020 semester. While I was away on...

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    Overcoming Barriers

    Hello, my name is Austin White, and I am volunteering as an exchange agent for the education abroad department at VIU.  I am going into my fourth and final year at VIU in Computer Science.  I did an exchange in the spring semester of 2020, to the university of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. ...

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    Language & Culture in Germany

    Hello, my name is Brodie Hay, I am a 4th year VIU student studying Computer Science as well as a volunteer exchange agent working with the Education Abroad department at VIU. This year I was lucky enough to go on exchange for the summer semester to Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule (OTH)...

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    Cooking Mehlkeneppscher

    Mehlkneppscher I came across this dish while participating in an international, online scavenger hunt. One of the items required five recipes from other participants, each from a different country. Mehlkneppscher was a popular dish in small mining towns across Germany during the industrial...

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    Getting into the Belizean swing of things

    My first week in Belize was a wild ride! After arriving in Belize City, three members of my cohort and I headed to Caye Caulker for a couple nights before arriving at Dr. Roy Young’s nature resort located in the Community Monkey Sanctuary at Bermudian Landing to meet up with the rest of the...

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    Tips for Travel in Vietnam

    Key things to know before traveling VietnamWhether you’re traveling solo or going with a group to Vietnam, traveling from Canada to Vietnam for the first time can have a steep learning curve with many rewards along the way. My name is Matheus, a prior first-year engineering student, and I got the...

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    Embracing Australian Language Shock

    After sleeping for most of my first two days in Australia, I attended my first orientation meeting and the conductor of the seminar said: Don’t think of everything we do here as backwards, wrong or bad, think of it as something different and embrace the change while you’re here. This stuck with...

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    My Exchange in Spain

    One of the most incredible moments that I experienced when I was living in Huelva, Spain happened on the very first day I went out into the city, and ended up completely changing how I would remember my time in Spain. My mom, my dad and myself had just came back from the University of Huelva after...

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    My Host Country - Scotland

    Hello fellow VIU students,I’m here to share my experience in my host country, which was the United Kingdom in Scotland. I was in the highlands and islands of Scotland in a town called Inverness. To be quite frank, the town was very similar to Nanaimo with the coast line along it and I was there for...

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    My Tanzanian Work Experience

    *This  volunteer opportunity was accessed through Uniterra's Leave for Change program as part of VIU's partnership, funded by the Global Engagement International Work Opportunity Grant. The Global Engagement Grant program is available to VIU staff and faculty.When we drove in to the village of...

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