As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, CEA is gathering two decades worth of interviews and insights from alumni. We talked with former CEA students to learn how studying abroad with CEA changed their lives and prepared them for their futures. In June 2012, Emily Winograd studied abroad with CEA in the Aix-en-Provence in France while studying Biology and French at Wayne State University. She believes her experiences with CEA helped her thrive in her current career. Emily: I work as a pharmacist and I am currently pursuing advanced training in…

My time in South Africa is unfortunately coming to an end. There is so much that I have learned and I will carry these memories with me for the rest of my life. Studying abroad has been by far the best experience I could have imagined, but there are five things that I wish I knew before I started this process last year. 1. Go wherever you can go! I am, of course, biased because I have fallen in love with South Africa, but when you are choosing a…

Living abroad has so many wonderful things to offer that you do not necessarily get back at home. Some of my favorite things about South Africa are the relaxed lifestyle, beautiful scenery, delicious restaurants, vibrant culture, and of course, the amazing people I have met. I put together a small video of some of my friends that I have met here, asking them what their favorite thing is about South Africa! Cheers! Taylor Farro is the Spring 2016 CEA MOJO in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She is currently…

South Africa is an interesting place; it has cultural influences from many places that has lead to a complex history. One of my favorite things about South Africa is its diversity. Along with talking to locals, I have taken two classes this semester which have given me a greater understanding of the political history and the current issues that all South Africans face. Like anywhere else that has seen diversity, it brings adversity. I enjoy listening to the different perspectives from a wide array of people. In the beginning of my trip,…

One of the greatest perks about studying abroad with CEA are the awesome excursions already included in your program. My program had four trips included where all we had to do was show up! Our final excursion was a weekend on a farm! We stayed with a South African family about three hours away from Port Elizabeth where we learned all about how they run their farm. We were able to participate in some of the daily labor, enjoy the beautiful scenery and even had enough time for some…

I have been in South Africa for 54 days now and today has been the most rewarding day, by far. I got to partake in something that most people will never experience and it made me smile for hours. I have been volunteering at SAMREC, a marine bird rehabilitation center consisting mostly of penguins. Their goal is to rehabilitate, research and reintroduce the birds back into the wild while educating the public on the endangered species, the South African Penguin. For the past six weeks, we have done…

Last week I embarked on my first trip to Cape Town during my spring break. I was thrilled to finally see this huge city that I have heard so much about. My few days in Cape Town were amazing! The views at the top of Table Mountain and Lions Head were worth the hike and the history of Robben Island opened my eyes. But, my favorite part by far was the homestay in Tambo Village. On our last night, we traveled twenty minutes outside the city center to…

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…

If I think back to the main reasons I wanted to study abroad in South Africa, the wildlife and weather were top on my list. The idea of getting away from the cold, snowy New Jersey winter and entering the warm, sunny Port Elizabeth summer sounded perfect. For an entire month we had sun, clear skies and beautiful weather, but even in paradise there are rainy days. Rainy days, experiencing my first South African storm. Myself along with ten other friends headed to Plettenberg Bay on Friday for…

Traveling to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is exhausting, the flights are long and the possibility of connecting flights is infinite. I was fortunate enough to only have one connection and overall only took about 24 hours of traveling with a 7 hour time difference. At the airport, we were picked up by the University and taken to our new homes; mine happens to be the Summerstrand Inn which is as beach front as it gets! As tired as we all were, we needed to explore right away! We…