It’s been a great summer on the blog keeping up with our CEA Alumni Ambassador team. Since they’ve “been there, done that” when it comes to knowing the ins and outs of study abroad, it’s been fun hearing about their experiences in Barcelona, Prague, Aix-en-Provence, Alicante, Paris, Port Elizabeth, Seville, and San Jose. We love hearing their feedback and want to thank them for their help on the blog covering topics such as  debunking study abroad myths and sharing their insights about the CEA Alumni Ambassador program. Patrick…

David SperlingCEA 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 study abroad?David:…

One of the biggest reasons many study abroad is the culture. But for those who maybe have never been abroad, or haven’t had the chance to so intimately experience the customs, ideas, and behavior of another people, the word “culture” casts a wide net. I have studied France for a long time—the language, the politics, the people. But no matter the detail of my textbook pages at Pitt, no matter how many times I read the same paragraph to myself nestled, in the stacks of Carnegie Library, I…

When I was 12, my dad drove me every Tuesday to French lessons. I don’t remember the name of the woman who taught me, I only knew her as Madame. I would spend most of the car rides there asleep, hunched up against the passenger-side door, shielding my eyes from the September Texas sun. Paris, France Those days play like film clips in my head–choppy and discontinuous chunks of memory, each with a warm, slightly cross-processed glaze. Madame’s house was wonderfully grand and elegant, surrounded by a white-painted fence…

I recently sat down with Maggie Banchs, the CEA Program Director in San José, Costa Rica, to discuss the program and what it’s like to live here. Maggie Banchs, CEA Program Director in San José How would you describe San José?  San José is a very interesting city. It’s actually different from what people may think form the outside because I know Costa Rica has the label of being all natural and all about the environment, but when you come here, you realize we’re just another city. There…