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…

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…

David Sperling CEA Port Elizabeth Spring ’13 Alum & current Alumni Ambassador Today we’re kicking off our male CEA Alumni Ambassadors in Study Abroad series with David Sperling, CEA Port Elizabeth Spring ’13 alum, and student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Even if you only catch his photos, there’s no question that David’s experience studying abroad in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, was full of adventures! Plus, he shares how his South Africa study abroad experience has impacted his life after study abroad. CEA: Why did you choose to…

Life after graduation is often a hazy area for many students in college. The idea that our choices in college impact our lives greatly seems to be missed by a large majority of students—from choosing between treating college like a giant party or working hard and graduating with honors, to choosing to get largely invested and “enjoy the college years” versus simply treating college like a checklist before you enter the “real world.” Upon entering college the decisions made seem menial and hardly impactful; however, by the end…