Education Abroad Blog

    My name is Lainy, and I will be a Planner

    My name is Lainy and I am a planner. I plan activities, I plan my future, and I plan blogs (apparently). My most recent plan is to become a professional Planner and plan cities! This dream has recently brought me back to school to achieve a Master of Community Planning degree at Vancouver Island...

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  • Stephanie Jaled - How I have traveled for free

    How I have traveled for free

    I am wanderlust. I always wanted to be rich to be able to afford traveling around the world. I thought this was the only way I could, but, man was I wrong! While on my semester abroad, yes I lived in Germany, but every day through my interactions with other students I was able to feel as if I was...

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  • Stephanie Jaled - Learning: From Culture Shock and Back Again

    Learning: From Culture Shock and Back Again

    I have heard of the term homesick many times, but as I have come back from my semester abroad I am experiencing something that I am not quite sure if there is a term for, but I would describe it as 'exchange-semester sick.' Going to Germany was really challenging at first. The language gap was...

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  • Ashley Wilson - Packing for Your Exchange Semester Abroad

    Packing for Your Exchange Semester Abroad

    It's been almost a year since I left my Vancouver Island home and went to study at the University of Hertfordshire, which is located roughly 30 mins north of London, England. This was the most amazing experience I could have ever imagined; however, certain things terrified me before I left. Most...

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    My Lessons From Abroad

    The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship remains one of the most significant accomplishments of my academic career. The objective of the scholarship is described on its website as: “to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing...

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    Living abroad: Tips from a young Belizean QE scholar

    Moving to somewhere new can be a challenge, especially when it is hundreds of miles away from home. Not knowing anyone or what to expect can be overwhelming, and quite frankly scary. However, this monumental transition from home does not have to be bad. The way you experience things can be altered...

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    Reflections

    It has been an amazing year in Canada! Reflecting on my many new relationships, experiences and adventures, I feel grateful for the opportunities that studying abroad has provided to me. A major accomplishment this semester was working on the VIU Intercultural Week project. I had the opportunity to...

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    The Different Options…

    “One percent. Two percent. Three percent milk?!” This is the first thought engraved in my memory about Canada. You must be puzzled ... “What?!” You must be wondering if I didn’t see the beautiful array of lights illuminating the dark Vancouver night sky as the plane descended, or the groves of pine...

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    Connectedness in body, mind and spirit

    Coming to Canada has been one of the most meaningful learning experiences in my life. Arriving in the summer afforded me the opportunity to swim in its beautiful blue ocean and to savor some of its breathtaking floral gardens. I am shocked at how people of such a wide range of cultural identities...

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    VIU student returns home to Belize after year in Canada

    I was surprised to find that upon returning home to Belize after a year in Canada, the most difficult thing for me to accept was that I was experiencing aspects of reverse culture shock, which is essentially feeling out of place in your own culture. It hit me the moment I departed from the airport...

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