My name is Pranav Raj and I am a student at the University of Michigan, studying Business and Spanish. I chose to study abroad this semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina to challenge myself intellectually in a new environment and to improve my Spanish skills. After living in Buenos Aires for about a month, I began to love the city and its people, and I decided I wanted to get involved with the community. So, I started volunteering at a local homeless shelter, Fundación Pobre de Asis, twice a…

  Studying abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica has been an incredible experience so far! CEA has given me many opportunities to get the most out of my study abroad experience through activities such as volunteering. The local hospital in downtown San Jose, Hospital Nacional de Niños, allows students to volunteer during the week. To participate in this program, it is necessary to have an intermediate Spanish speaking ability and to volunteer for at least three hours per week. I was very excited when I heard about this…

“Leave it better than you found it,” still rings in my ears when thinking about cleaning up a campsite with my father. This phrase articulates the tradition of leaving a campsite cleaner than how you found it. For me, this phrase grew to mean wherever you live is the “campsite.” This was the major impetus for seeking involvement with a local organization while studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. It could easily be said that my journey toward being an assistant coach with the Prague Lions American Football…