Education Abroad Blog

  • 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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    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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    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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