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Here’s the scenario: You decide to study abroad, it’s a whirlwind of excitement planning it, the big departure day arrives and it feels like the next day you’re back home. Now what? 

By studying abroad with CEA, you have the opportunity to take your study abroad journey even further. How? Be a MOJO Blogger or Photographer program during your time abroad, and then join the CEA Alumni Ambassador after you return home. While students join these programs for a variety of reasons, the bottom line is that both programs can be an extension and expansion of your study abroad journey—why stop now? 

Want to Share Your Study Abroad Memories?
(Photos From Past MOJO Participants.)

5 Reasons to be a CEA MOJO Blogger or Photographer:

  • Real documentation of your study abroad experience. We’ve all been there: travel journals that go untouched, camera equipment that lives in its box, blog posts that start out with, “I know it’s been a while…” The CEA MOJO Blogger & Photographer programs means you’ll already have a full recap of your time abroad!

  • Build your portfolio. Both MOJO programs include your work being published on CEA’s blog and across our social media sites. Whether you’re an aspiring writer, photographer, or consider either a hobby, this is a great way to showcase your work!

  • Take your journey further. You’re in for an amazing study abroad experience. The MOJO program allows you to take that one step further and look at your study abroad experience through a different lens (literally!). As a MOJO Blogger, maybe you’ll get to know more about the local nonprofit a fellow study abroad student interns with. Or, maybe you’ll get off the beaten track to take photos of a local festival you wouldn’t have noticed. The opportunities to take your study abroad experience one step further are endless!

  • Round out your resume. What inspired your blog post? How did you put a creative spin on a blog or photography assignment? Your time as a CEA MOJO means real-world career skills after you come home from study abroad.

  • Your semester spent completing all requirements as a MOJO Blogger or Photographer = an iPad or $500!

All Fall 2014 CEA study abroad students are eligible to apply. Check out the full program details and apply by Friday, July 25!  

5 Reasons to be a CEA Alumni Ambassador:

  • Share your journey. You had an amazing time studying abroad, you have tips to share with other students, and you want to help spread study abroad awareness. And that’s exactly what CEA Alumni Ambassadors do!

  • Build your resume. Graduation is around the corner—is your resume ready? CEA’s Alumni Ambassador program could be just what your resume needs to stand out.

  • Love interacting on campus or online? CEA’s Alumni Ambassador positions can offer a combination of these activities. Whether you’re finding creative ways to reach out to students at your school’s study abroad fair, or posting your adventures on Instagram, you’ll have the opportunity to mingle with other students.

  • Beef up your post-grad skills. Leadership? Check! Communication? Yup! Thinking outside the box? Definitely! Have all of those skills, plus more, ready for wherever your post-study abroad career takes you.

  • Join another study abroad family. Think the friends you made while studying abroad were the end of your new connections? As a CEA Alumni Ambassador, you’ll get to connect with other Alumni Ambassadors from across the U.S., plus CEA team members.

All former CEA study abroad students are eligible to apply. Check out the full program details and apply by Tuesday, July 22

Share all of Your Favorite Study Abroad Moments as
an Alumni Ambassador or MOJO!

For Josh, a Fall 2013 CEA Costa Rica study abroad alum and recent University of North Texas grad, studying abroad helped him take his business skills to the next level. 

Josh Lagunez
CEA San Jose Fall '13 Alum &
Alumni Ambassador
In addition to improving his Spanish-speaking skills, Josh credits his study abroad and CEA Alumni Ambassador experience with helping him further develop his leadership, communication, and global perspective.

CEA: Why did you choose to study abroad?

Josh: The fact is, relationships between countries are growing and the international community collaborates more than ever before. Its wise to be familiar with another countrys language and culture, and the best way to do that is to be present in that country. The adventurous side of me had a lot to do with it, too. I was encouraged to step out of my comfort zone, and Im all the better for doing so.

CEA: How have you changed because of your abroad experience?

Josh: I developed leadership qualities through learning how to make independent choices in an unfamiliar place and by looking out for fellow students. I also feel even more adventurous than before. Obviously, my Spanish has improved dramatically, but I also feel both mentally and physically stronger. Plus, studying abroad was also an opportunity to form lifelong relationships.

CEA: How has your study abroad experience impacted your life, academics, and/or future career goals?

Josh: I’m focused on a career that doesn’t confine me to the United States, but instead is on a global level. I got a taste of how much is out there, and I don’t want to waste global opportunities.

CEA: How has the ambassador experience helped you after returning home and with your future career goals?

Josh: First, it helped me stick with the CEA family a little longer. Second, encouraging people to study abroad through presentations, promotions, and one-on-one interactions has really improved my communication ability.

CEA: Why do you think its important for all students to study abroad?

Josh: It is important for all students because it takes you on a journey of personal growth. Also, studying abroad makes you all the more familiar with and prepared for globalization. It is also an invaluable opportunity to see how people live in contrast to the U.S.

CEA: If you could give any piece of advice to other male students considering study abroad, what would it be?

Josh: I hope that you at least have the confidence to consider it further. Do research on potential countries and talk to more people who have studied abroad. Its an awesome experience and I hope you go for it!

Josh Lagunez is a CEA Alumni Ambassador and is a recent grad from the University of North Texas. He studied abroad in San Jose in Fall 2013.

Some of you may have just returned home from your adventure abroad this Spring. Others of you may have recently arrived for a life-changing summer on another continent, and quite a few of you reading this are eagerly anticipating the start of the Fall semester when you’ll embark on your own long-awaited study abroad experience.

Since the process can be both lengthy and daunting, we polled some of your CEA Site Specialists here in Phoenix on how you can make the most of the long months leading up to your CEA study abroad departure, including tips on making the preparatory period easier—for them and you!

  • Approve Everything
    “The more courses you get approved by your home university now, the more options you will have for courses abroad. Be sure to get twice as many courses approved by your university than you actually plan on taking while studying abroad. Similar to your university here, classes can be scheduled at the same time and canceled due to low enrollment. The more course options you have, the smoother the course registration process will be.” - Michelle Esche, Site Specialist for Spain

  • Keep Calm, and Trust Your Checklist
    “Having gone through the visa process myself twice, I know how stressful it is to book an appointment, compile your mountain of documents (and copies!), go in person to the consulate, and then ultimately leave your American passport in the hands of a foreign government. At the end of the day, as long as you have done your due diligence, you can rest reasonably assured that all will be well and you will have your visa safely in hand by the time of your departure. Rather than driving yourself crazy worrying about the status of the visa, savor your last few months at home. You’ll be back before you know it.” – Ed Carlin, Site Specialist for France & Spain

  • Don’t Put Off What You Can Do Today
    “My advice would be to start planning early! You have made it into the program, but that is only the beginning. Log on to your MyCEA account, and start completing the easy tasks now! This way you don’t have to do them when you’re busy with school and applying for a visa, selecting courses, and deciding on housing. There’s a lot to do before going abroad and it can seem overwhelming, so take a few minutes to knock out some of the small items right away! Send us your digital photo, enter in your passport information, fill out your medical questionnaire, let us know who your emergency contact is, etc. All this information is important for your preparation and very useful to the international staff.” – Tara Kilkenny, Site Specialist for Ireland, China, Spain, & Italy

  • Stay Tuned
    “We are here to help you be successful in your study abroad planning! Be sure to keep an eye out for information, updates, and bulletins we send out via email and Facebook. They are stocked full of important tips and dates to help make your pre-departure process as successful and stress-free as possible!” – Melissa Morris, Site Specialist for Italy and the Czech Republic
There you have it. Most of studying abroad entails planning far ahead, so get out there, check off those to-do lists, and enjoy the rest of your summer--we’re here if you need anything!