Education Abroad Blog

    Do's and Dont's for Education Abroad

    When going abroad there are so many aspects to think about. I understand the craze of being a student and have created some guidelines for do’s and don’t while abroad that I found applicable and hopefully you will to.   Do: 1. Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone Going abroad and participating in the...

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    10 Reasons to Go Abroad

    My name is Alissa Ward, a fourth year business student at VIU. I’m double majoring in Management and International Business, and anyone who knows me, knows I’m a planner. I plan everything so far in advance to ensure every last detail is thought of. I even planned my 5th birthday party all by...

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    Scholarships that change lives and communities: From Canada to Ghana

    My internship for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee scholarship was at the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary in the Upper West Region of Ghana. One of my most important projects during my time there was to do an evaluation of the Friends of Wechiau scholarship programme, by interviewing...

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    Reflection on my experience as a QES Scholar

    I am writing this post after receiving congratulations on the final confirmation of the completion of my Masters of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management. So, now that I have indeed finished and the document has been sent to the printers, I can breathe, sit back, and reflect on the experience. I...

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  • Lainy Nowak Studies Resilience in Christchurch, New Zealand

    The Road to Recovery

    Christchurch is a coastal city situated on a major fault line, at risk of tsunami and susceptible to sea level rise caused by climate change. These characteristics could describe countless cities around the world, including many on Vancouver Island. Coastal cities are growing quickly, and the...

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  • Keith Penner Blog Photo - with Camela Anderson

    Spectacular Spanish Spirit

    My name is Keith Penner, also known as 'El Capitan' by my Spanish friends, 'Gino' by my Italians, and 'Crazy' by my Germans. I just completed my exchange semester in Huelva, Spain. Having the opportunity to do an exchange through VIU’s Education Abroad program was entirely life changing. There is...

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    The Power of Perspective

    Becoming a global citizen requires patience, tolerance and experience which all depend on the power of embracing different perspectives. Being able to accept and learn from different beliefs and practices allows us to adapt and work together towards global goals such as gender equality.Studying...

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  • Student nursing practicum placement in Mexico

    Learning & Growth in a Community Development Practicum Abroad

    I had the opportunity to travel abroad during my VIU Nursing Degree and had an amazing experience working as a practicum student with Apoyo A Gente Emprendedora, a non-governmental organization in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I experienced huge learning every single day, as we navigated our group...

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    Copy and Paste: As Simple as Sewing a Straight Stitch

    Copy and Paste: As Simple as Sewing a Straight Stitch Using a computer is a fairly simple task. Turn computer on. Create Word document. Hold shift down to make a capital letter. Press the spacebar after each word. To delete a word, backspace. To delete a paragraph, highlight, then backspace. To...

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    All Dreams Are Possible

    All Dreams Are Possible My name is Avryl Brophy and I grew up on Vancouver Island (Gabriola) and consider myself to be an Island girl. I have always loved the outdoors and being surrounded by nature. I am passionate about community, public outreach and travel, however until recently, travelling...

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