Education Abroad Blog

  • 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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  • Ground elevation at 1-meter spatial resolution of the Philip Goldson International Airport area, in Ladyville, Belize

    LiDAR: A Technology for Building Climate Resiliency in Belize

    LiDAR: A Technology for Building Climate Resiliency in Belize As I am almost at the end of my 2 year program here at VIU, I could not help but reflect on the vast knowledge and experience I have gained as a VIU Queen Elizabeth Scholar.   This blog is a short narrative of my current master’s...

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    On to a new chapter

    The QE scholarship and the journey it took me on was more than a journey. It was a life-altering experience.I graduated on June 4 with a Masters in Community Planning from the Vancouver Island University. I was born to a future of little possibility and no money, yet here I am a professional...

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    Nasara Good Morning!

    Good morning Nasara! As I sit on the edge of the dam in Wechiau taking in the cool breeze as the sun sets, I hear children shouting at me in their high-pitched voices from across the dam, “Nasara good morning!” There are around 10 children, and over the entire course of the sun set, they shout my...

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    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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