Preparing for study abroad has been many things empowering, exhausting but most importantly exciting. I will not sit here and say it has been all rainbows and butterflies, it is time consuming and takes some patience but I can already tell it will be well worth it. Packing has been the biggest thing on my mind lately, all of the unknowns are so stressful and I am extremely nervous that I will forget something or bring the wrong types of clothes. How is one suppose to know what…

Port Elizabeth is a city situated at the bottom of Algoa Bay, attracting many surfers and beach-goers. While studying abroad in Port Elizabeth, my accommodations just happened to be conveniently situated right across the street from the beach. Whether you want to “hang ten,” explore the tide pools, or just want to get some sun, Port Elizabeth is the place for you!   Chelsea Robinson is the Spring 2015 CEA MOJO in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She is currently a junior at San Diego State University.

While studying abroad in South Africa, one of our included CEA excursions was a trip to Cape Town over our semester break. During my time there, I climbed Table Mountain to get amazing views of the city, visited the prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life, and so much more!   Chelsea Roinson is the Spring 2015 CEA MOJO in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She is currently a junior at San Diego State University.

Okay, no, I’m not actually at Hogwarts (although that would be pretty sweet). However, studying abroad in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, has proven to be pretty magical. First of all, I live in a hotel. We are lucky enough to also reap the benefits of the hotel’s maid service. After spending your Monday morning scrubbing penguin poop off a rock at your volunteering site, coming home to clean towels and a freshly-made bed is way more magical than you’d think. The hotel is across the street from the beach. Magic….

I know, it sounds crazy — penguins in Africa?! But indeed, it is true. The African Penguin can be found all along the southern coast of Africa. They are feisty, beautiful, and very clumsy, and I get to spend every Monday morning playing with them!  I originally wanted to study abroad in South Africa to get a chance to go on a safari and see the Big Five — lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhino. Little did I know, I would not only see these animals, but I would also…