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12 September 2019

Learn About the Application Process for Peace Corps

Are you motivated with a passion for service? Do you wish to explore other cultures and help underprivileged communities? If so, the Peace Corps could be a great fit for you after graduation.

Learn about the application process for Peace Corps from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Mullins Library Room 104.

The Peace Corps regional recruiter, Corbin Johns, will be visiting the University of Arkansas to provide the workshop for interested students. He has served as a Youth in Development Volunteer in the Kingdom of eSwatini from 2016 to 2018, and was responsible for building the capacity of primary and secondary school students in HIV/AIDS education and English proficiency.

He will also be hosting an information table at the Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the same day, at the Unions Connections Lounge.

RSVP is appreciated, but not required.

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Did you know the University of Arkansas has a partnership with the Peace Coprs to prepare students for service through the campus Peace Corps Prep certificate program? A new website has been launched to help students prepare for the Peace Corps through their academic and co-curricular activities, and to guide them through the Prep program. The site also features returned volunteers working at the university. Students interested in completing the Peace Corps Prep certificate program should visit the new Peace Corps Prep website or contact the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange or the Peace Corps Prep Program Advisor, Alshaatha Alsharji at aalsharj@uark.edu.

09 September 2019

Meet One of Our Study Abroad Peer Advisors: Mia Dalton

Me in Mykonos, an island of Greece.
Hey y’all!! My name is Mia and I am a junior studying political science with a minor in Spanish. I spent the last two summers studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA) in Málaga, Spain and Athens, Greece
Me and my friend Sarah at the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Greece.
This is my second year as a peer advisor and I love being able to help other students discover how incredible the world is through study abroad. In fact, I sent four of my closest friends abroad last summer and loved hearing all about their adventures. My biggest advice for students is to take advantage of the study abroad opportunities at the University of Arkansas. Many students don’t believe they are able to study abroad for reasons ranging from majors to financials, but trust me we can get you there! 
The city of Toledo in Spain.
I personally spent the last two summers away on honors college scholarships and could not be more grateful. In Spain I was enrolled in an intensive Spanish language course and stayed in a homestay with a local family where I enjoyed home cooked Spanish meals. We were in the city of
Málaga on the Mediterranean Sea and took trips to many other Spanish towns and even one to Morocco. In Greece, I lived in student apartments in a suburb outside of Athens. Living with other students and attending an American college was a very different experience from my previous summer in Spain. We took classes in English with Greek students and were responsible for our own meals. Not knowing the language was also an interesting experience, but luckily most Greeks know English. I spent my weekends traveling to Greek islands and exploring the different cultural norms in each of the isolated towns. I loved my teachers in Athens (and the gyros)! 

Both of these experiences have taught me so much about inter-cultural connections and interactions, as well as increasing my self-awareness of my strengths and weaknesses.

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Learn more about International Studies Abroad (ISA) programs in Málaga, Spain and Athens, Greece.

Come meet Mia and the other peer advisors for a HogsAbroad 101 drop-in session at the Study Abroad House! Come to the office weekdays from 3-5 pm to get all the study abroad basics. Peer advisors are available to help you review your options for study abroad and start searching for a program.

05 September 2019

Meet One of Our Study Abroad Peer Advisors: Meg Feeley

In the center of Bilbao at Plaza Moyua. 
Hi! I’m Meg Feeley, a junior at the University of Arkansas. I am studying International Business with a minor in Spanish. I was able to study abroad in the summer of 2019 through USAC in Bilbao, Spain.

While I was in Spain, I got to explore the city and meet people from all over the world. I chose to do a homestay and because of that I learned about the life and the traditions of someone completely opposite of me (and got to live with the sweetest dog ever!). I ate authentic food, spent time with wonderful people who had lived in Bilbao all their lives, and practiced my Spanish everday.
My sweet roommate, Kiñu.
Not only did I visit spots in my city that normal tourists wouldn’t normally go, but I was also able to travel to other countries, such as France and England, and my favorite trip was to San Juan De Gaztelugatxe -- otherwise known as Dragonstone from Game of Thrones.
Before the hike up the 241 steps seen in Game of Thrones. 
Study abroad helps you meet new people and make life long friends.
I wanted to become a Study Abroad Peer Advisor because it is my goal to help other students find a program that will exceed all of their expectations! I recommend that anyone thinking about studying abroad takes the time to search for the program that will meet their needs and not be afraid to step out of their comfort zone. I hope to encourage others to take a chance and go explore the world!”

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Learn more about the USAC program in Bilbao, Spain.

Come meet Meg and the other peer advisors for a HogsAbroad 101 drop-in session at the Study Abroad House! Come to the office weekdays from 3-5 pm to get all the study abroad basics. Peer advisors are available to help you review your options for study abroad and start searching for a program.

26 August 2019

Study Abroad Fair: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 #HogsAbroad

Are you wishing you had studied abroad this summer? Don’t miss another opportunity! Get started at the Study Abroad Fair this September!

The Study Abroad Fair features over 50 exhibitors, highlighting 1,000+ programs, including faculty-led, Rome Center, exchange, partner programs, internships, service learning, research opportunities and much more. Program options are available during the summer, semester, or academic year, as well as intersessions.

Don’t speak another language? Not a problem! Check out programs with no language requirements, including opportunities to begin language learning in locations like Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, China, Brazil, Spain. Advanced language opportunities are available as well. The possibilities are endless!

Worried about cost? Did you know that many U of A students transfer their semester and summer financial aid and loan packages to study abroad and earn additional scholarships just for study abroad? Study abroad can be a reality for students on a budget!

Please join us on September 17th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Arkansas Union Connections Lounge, to explore the amazing study abroad options available at the U of A! Start making your dreams a reality!

12 August 2019

The Art of Teaching #HogsAbroad in Ireland

Hi Everyone! My name is Sarah Pannell. I am a senior in the College of Education and Health Professions studying Childhood Education. This summer I studied with the U of A Faculty-Led: Education in Ireland - The Art of Teaching.

Prior to leaving for our trip abroad we met once a month to discuss what we would be doing, what we would be teaching, and assignments we needed to complete before we depart. During a meeting we paired up and brainstormed what lesson we would be teaching while abroad. Outside of the meeting we had to complete a lesson plan which was adjusted up until the week before we left to make sure it was exactly what we wanted. Having these meetings helped calm the nerves of studying abroad because we had endless opportunities to ask questions and get all the answers we needed and more.

After months of preparation we finally made it to Ireland and it was absolutely incredible. We went to five different schools around the country. We visited two in Limerick, two in Galway, and one in Dublin. No school we went to was the same. We saw small countryside schools that had classrooms with students from two to three different grade levels as well as schools with three different classrooms for one grade level. My partner and I taught in classes ranging from Junior Infants (Pre-K) to third class (third grade). Our lesson we taught to the students was about the American flag; how it came to be and what it represents. All of the students were so interested in learning about the flag and were even more interested in learning about us and where we come from. It was so fun to teach them and be fully immersed in the schooling experience in Ireland. At multiple schools we were taught how to play hurling which is one of the most popular sports in Ireland. At one school we learned how to play Gaelic football as well as, how to Irish dance which was my absolute favorite. 
Irish people are the kindest people I have ever met. Everywhere we went we were always welcomed by them saying “you are very welcome here.” Anytime we went to a restaurant we were never rushed to leave or seen as an inconvenience when we showed up as a large group looking for a table. All of the workers or owners in the small shops would make conversation and ask about where we were from, why we were here, and were so caring and curious about who we were. I never felt uncomfortable around the Irish culture and community. It was such a great place to be and I hope to go back soon! 
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Sarah spent the summer 2019 term in Ireland with our faculty-led program, Education in Ireland - The Art of Teachingwith the help of our Office of Study Abroad Scholarship.

Don't miss your opportunity to study or intern abroad! Start your search at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/

16 July 2019

Teaching Projects & The Basket Market #HogsAbroad in Ghana

My name is Paige Deffenbaugh, and I am a senior honors nursing student in the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing. I am currently studying abroad for three weeks in Ghana, Africa with 14 other nursing students and two of our nursing instructors. The first two weeks we are spending in the northern part of Ghana in a city named Bolgatanga. The last week will be spent traveling to a city named Accra in the southern part of Ghana and stopping at multiple places along the way, including Mole Park, Kumasi, and Cape Coast. I’m going to share with you some highlights and pictures from my second week in Ghana!

To begin our second week in Bolgatanga, we actually took a short ride in the van farther north to visit a crocodile pond! When we arrived, one of the workers took us down closer to the pond so that we could see the crocodiles better. A few men began trying to coax two of the crocodiles out of the water using a chicken so that we could take pictures with them. The crocodiles were a little slow to exit the water and didn’t appear to be hungry at all, as we had been told that a bunch of people had visited the pond the day before. After a little while though, both of the crocodiles had made their way onto the land near us. First, the men taught us a little bit about what to do and what not to do around the crocodiles so that we wouldn’t get hurt. Then, we began taking turns taking pictures with the crocodiles and touching them. They were pretty calm and barely moved throughout the whole process. You could tell they knew the drill and had been around humans in this setting many times before. 
Yes, they are both real! The crocodile I am touching is over 100 years old. 
Along with my teaching project on respiratory illnesses that I mentioned in my previous blog post, I am also teaching about women’s health with my friends Maggie and Hannah. This week we had the opportunity to teach at a local girls senior high school. Along with our women’s health topic, choking, wound care, anemia, and sickle-cell anemia were also taught by some of the other nursing students. All of the high school girls were gathered in a big auditorium, which was a little intimidating to us all at first. There were close to 500 girls in attendance we were told! Most of the teaching projects we do here in Ghana are either individual or small-group teaching, so we just weren’t used to teaching such a large crowd. However, we got more comfortable as the time passed and successfully educated the young women about the different phases of the menstrual cycle, feminine hygiene, risks of infection, birth control methods, safe sex, and consent. Many of the young women came up to us afterwards with great questions, so it was encouraging to know that they were paying attention and wanted to learn more about the subject. After the entire teaching presentation, some of the girls received cosmetic bags filled with toiletries and feminine hygiene products.
Maggie, Hannah, and I teaching about women’s heath to hundreds of high school girls. 
Here in Bolgatanga, there is a basket market held every three days. This week was our third and final time to go to the basket market. On basket market day, we always woke up earlier than normal and were on the van ready to leave by 6:45 am. This was so that we could be some of the first people there and score the best baskets. We were all a little intimidated on our first visit to the basket market, as the people selling baskets began swarming up to us immediately trying to get us to buy their baskets. Before we knew it, we were all surrounded by a crowd of people coming at us from all directions. We quickly learned the best way to tell them no and to move on though. The exciting part is the bargaining. You never simply pay the basket sellers the first asking price for the baskets, you always bargain with them for the best price. We quickly caught on and were pros in no time. It became a fun little game for us all to play - who was the best bargainer and could get their baskets for the best prices? Going to the basket market was definitely something that we all looked forward to and will miss, so we had to get our fair share of it in. Most of us have accumulated quite a haul of baskets during our stay in Bolgatanga, as they make great gifts for family and friends. Now we just have to figure out how to get all of our baskets home!
Showing off our basket haul at our first basket market. It was a little rainy, but that didn’t stop us from going!
Another entertaining part of our trips to the basket market was figuring out how to get all 15 of us + our baskets into the van for the ride back to the hotel!
Those are just a few highlights from my second week in Ghana! Stay tuned for more updates.

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Paige Deffenbaugh is spending the summer 2019 term in Ghana with our U of A Faculty-Led: Community Health Nursing in Ghana program.

Don't miss your opportunity to study or intern abroad! Start your search at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/