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My Journey into the Ecuadorian Amazon

November 1, 2017
journey ecuadorian amazon

Reflections from a BCA Storyteller: Excursion to the Ecuadorian Amazon What do you think of when you think of the Amazon Rainforest? The wilderness, the towering trees, the exotic animals? My one-week trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin was not really about the biodiversity or wild jungle. Instead, I was able to glance into the […]

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My First Month in Quito, Ecuador – A Study Abroad Photo Journal

October 9, 2017

I have been in Ecuador for over a month now.  Here are some of the highlights from my Quito Photo Journal: The Beginning Upon arrival, I participated in an orientation where I learned a lot about Quito. We explored the Historic Center of Ecuador, which is very beautiful.  There is a street where no cars can drive, […]

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I Found My Dream Job Thanks To Studying Abroad

August 21, 2017
i found my dream job thanks to study abroad

If you’re considering studying abroad with BCA Study Abroad, just do it! Perhaps you hesitate because you’re naturally shy or cautious? Don’t worry. This an opportunity to have an international experience with guidance and support. When I went to Quito, Ecuador, I hoped to finally fulfill my dream of experiencing the Amazon rainforest, and have […]

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10 Benefits to a Year Long Study Abroad Program

July 11, 2017
Year Abroad Benefits

When it comes time to study abroad, there are a variety of decisions that need to be made; among them is whether to go for one semester or a year. Rigorous academic requirements from your host institution, costs, and lack of time are all factors that may persuade you to choose a semester long program. […]

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Travel Tips: Sleeping in a New Place

June 27, 2017

Falling asleep can go one of two ways – it happens or it doesn’t. When you’re traveling, trying to fall asleep or stay asleep can put you through cultural shock all in its own.  Here are some tips for getting a good night’s rest while sleeping in a new place: Stick to your routine. You […]

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Packing Tips: Photography

June 20, 2017
Packing Tips Photography

Packing – not on my list of “easy pre-departure tasks.” With all of the energy we put into dressing for weather and cultural norms, we often forget about adding tools that help us document study abroad experiences. Based on our travels, here are five suggestions for items to pack that might help you get that […]

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My Daughter’s Study Abroad Experience Transformed Both of Us

May 17, 2017

Since middle school my daughter Annika had planned to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country during her junior year of college. In 5 days she will be returning home from her extraordinary year in Quito, Ecuador where she was a student at USFQ (Universidad San Francisco Quito) through BCA Study Abroad.  I am tremendously excited […]

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Body Positivity while Studying Abroad

March 27, 2017
Body Positivity

Body positivity has caused a lot of fluttering and talking amongst different communities. Everyone has a different definition of body positivity that shares their opinions on the subject, so I feel like the most poignant way to start this is to give you my definition. Body Positivity: To be aware of your body, to give […]

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Solving Your Study Abroad Fears

March 6, 2017

I studied abroad in Cheltenham, England and it was nothing short of an amazing experience. I saw things I have only ever dreamed of, meet new people and learned about new cultures. Although I had the best time ever, I must admit I had some fears before boarding my flight to a new country. Don’t leave home worried, there […]

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