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22 May 2017

Prepping for Panama #HogsAbroad #MondayMotivation


Today were meeting up for our last meeting at a pizza place to wrap up a couple things before flying out Sunday (also the first meal covered by the program which is sweet). Pretty excited to start getting the ball rolling on this trip.

Also this is my first blog ever so cut me some slack if this website sucks or if I can’t write words correctly, thanks!
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Read more from Caden at https://cadenstriptopanama.wordpress.com/
Learn more about studying abroad as a Walton college student at: http://walton.uark.edu/global/

#WaltonCollege, get on a plane! #HogsAbroad

U of A Faculty-led study abroad programs expose Walton College students to international business realities, preparing them to work and succeed in a global economy.
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Belize

The expectations are high, but the reward is a deep understanding of the challenges of working in a developing country, an amazing cultural immersion and the experience of leadership and accomplishment.
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Brazil

Delve into the business, political, and cultural environment in Brazil, and explore the Brazilian/American economic and business relationship.
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China

Explore the changing business environment in China, including opportunities and challenges of doing business as an international partner. 
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Ghana

Students will not only be living in and learning about African culture, they also will be studying and utilizing African business and governmental practices.
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India

The India Study Abroad program provides students with the opportunity to explore and identify trends in the economic, business, political, and cultural environments in India, while gaining a better understanding of the economic relationship between the U.S. and India.
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Ireland

The study abroad program will provide students with insights into Irish culture and history as well as international business and the economic environment in the European Union.
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Italy

The CIMBA Italy undergraduate summer program offers students the unique experience of learning abroad while providing high-quality upper-division courses on a variety of subjects.
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Italy: U of A Rome Center: Summer Campus

Nestled in the heart of Rome, the University of Arkansas's Rome Center is the perfect study abroad opportunity.
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Japan

This program will give students first-hand experience of the Japanese economic system. Students will tour many of Japan's foremost manufacturing facilities gaining knowledge of the different production and management techniques.
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Mozambique

Agriculture, business and engineering students will work together in a Poultry Business that is intended to be a model for sustainable economic development.
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Panama

This study abroad experience will address issues relating to the drivers of globalization and managing supply/demand fulfillment and transportation processes across an extended and global organization.
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Vietnam

This opportunity to live and work in a developing country moves the student beyond "seeing the sights" and gives the opportunity to truly experience local culture while participating in a service learning experience.
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Learn more about studying abroad as a Walton college student at: http://walton.uark.edu/global/

19 May 2017

Thinking On A Plane & Inequality #HogsAbroad in South Africa

Thinking On A Plane:

Monday, May 15th 03:30
If you are anything like me, when you find yourself on a long flight you do a lot of thinking. Mostly about stupid stuff like: "why did God make raisins? That was a dumb move" or "wow, I'm in a steel tube darting through the air at 600 mph." But, then again, you think about important things. You think about your mom because its Mother's Day. And then you think about James Taylor and her obsession with him. You look out the window and see the vast ocean before you. You think about what that means and how you can't think of a good enough answer. You think about that song "Oceans" and then about Todd Fernandez (of course.) You think about how cold that dark blue water must be and how great the warmth in this steel carcass really is. You think about how eventually you'll see the African mainland and how you'll probably be disappointed and unimpressed because it will look just like home--green, alive, kinda like broccoli when you view it from your throne in the sky. You think about that terrible song by Toto called "Africa" and whether or not you too will miss the rain down in Africa on your way home. You think of all the things the word "Africa" has meant to you since your childhood and how most of them were misinformed. You think and you think and you think and you find it hard to think about anything concrete. You feel incomplete as you think. 
I basked in that incompleteness and realized that's why I'm here, on this plane, in the first place. Due to my incompleteness, I'm searching for experience and guidance--and sometimes that means finding myself very far from home. I haven't even seen it yet and South Africa is speaking to me. I'm straining to hear it knowing it holds a purposeful message--in history, in culture, in truth. And I wait and I wait for it to form more clearly in my ears. And no it doesn't sound like that damn Toto song.

Inequality

Tuesday, May 16th 22:01
I saw two South Africas today. I woke up in Johannesburg (Jo-burg for short.) It is the financial capitol of the country where a fast paced job-oriented life is the key to a life well lived. In Jo-burg, a good job is the most important characteristic to a person's success. Material and capital accumulate in this financial hub, bolstering up a strong white ruling class from the apartheid-era and caring to continue a similar black ruling class post-apartheid. It is a modern metropolis with a downtown littered with skyscrapers and suburbs covered with industry. Political news is featured heavily in protest art--one particular blatant display of displeasure in a faltering South African President through the words "F*$! Off Zuma" was etched in bold lettering on the large barrier containing the freeway. The view from the plane showcased a sprawling cityscape of diverse neighborhoods and markets and golf courses. 
However, just a short flight to Nelspruit, on our way to Kruger National Park, demonstrated another reality. Somewhere between Jo-burg and Kruger I entered a new country (figuratively, not literally.) A new country with a different value system on living a meaningful life. This observation is due in course to my own observation, but I'm convinced if you saw what I saw on that short drive from Nelspruit to Kruger you would have to agree. I experienced everything my mind didn't wish to see in my time here, every stereotype I wished away as untrue in order to see Africa as new. Women carrying jars on their heads, carrying small children in a pouch on their back, working the field, wearing the vibrant colors of the rainbow. Cinder block houses built quickly. Roadside markets that sold specialty products or produce for cheap. An abundance of night clubs, hair salons, and churches. Foot traffic was the major (and only?) way for some to get around these small towns. The only connection between all these was an abject sense of poverty--the opposite of Jo-burg. Of course, there must be poverty in Jo-burg. But, nothing compared to this rural scene I found myself in. I tried my best to forcefully remove those stereotypes as I thought of them. 
And throughout this tumultuous mind game I played against these stereotypes, it all spoke to me. Women dressed in bright, vibrant colors with children on their backs spoke to life. Half-built cinder block rooms spoke to development. Roadside markets spoke to creation and innovation. Buildings plainly labeled "Night Club" or "Hair Salon" spoke to normalcy. And the poverty spoke to the universality of suffering. I saw a diverse, large, wide country today and the only adequate words to describe it all was modern inequality--where the gap between poor and rich is like the leap I made across the Atlantic Ocean. From my arrival until now, South Africa has constantly challenged my ideas, adding a complexity to the African narrative that I did not expect.
Until next time,
Jacob F. Maestri
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Follow Jacob on his study abroad at http://ablogaboutsouthafrica.blogspot.com
For more information on the U of A Faculty-Led: South Africa, Past and Present program at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/safrica
 

18 May 2017

Do As The Locals Do #HogsAbroad in England


So after the flight across the pond, sleeping on and off for 6 hours with a crying baby in front of me, I finally arrived in London at 7:30 AM! We were met by our driver for the program (I felt so official he had a sign and everything!) then we proceeded to the hotel! It took a little bit to get settled and honestly I wanted to freshen up because a 9 hour flight does awful things to your hair, but after that we were set to go exploring!

On Friday we are doing a bus tour with it ending near the Buckingham Palace area so we decided to go ahead and do the whole shopping, and Pub thing on Thursday! We walked down Kensington, for what seemed like forever and then decided on eating at a Pub near Harrod’s called Paxton’s Head! I ordered a Greene King IPA and an order of Fish and Chips! (That is my idea of looking like a local LOL) but I wanted to branch out! The Fish and Chips weren’t much different from the ones that I have had previously in Destin, Florida, but I still enjoyed the experience! The beer wasn’t half bad either. Something that I learned though is that British people like their beer dark so be prepared when you go to order. The IPA was the lightest thing they had besides a Stella!

The next thing that we did was hit up Harrod’s which is like a huge emporium of all luxury goods. I saw brands I had never heard of and shoes with wings. It was awesome they even had a floor that was called “Shoe Heaven,” and let me tell you it really lived up to the hype! Once we finally found our way out of the maze of items that I wanted to touch but refrained in fear of hurting things, we stumbled across a Laduree macaroon and pastry shop! I bought 6 and I am not joking when I say that I paid $20 for 6 macaroons but they were the absolute best ones that I’ve had in my entire life!!

London so far is super cool, it really reminds me of an older New York with better architecture. The buildings are all so pretty and the area we are staying in is definitely a nice part of town by the look of the homes! So far this whole making new friends and memories thing is really fun! The hotel is nice and it is comforting to travel with others that have ended up sharing similar hobbies and what not from home!

Well keep checking back for more travel updates! I am hoping to keep this shindig up every day the entire trip, so I would love to have you on this adventure with me!
xoxo,
lex
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Read more from Alexa at http://alexamclain.com/
To find out more about the AIFS Study Abroad in Florence program, check out http://www.aifsabroad.com/italy/florence/

17 May 2017

I’m On A Plane To London #HogsAbroad #WanderlustWednesday

Well, folks, I’m off to see new places! My study abroad adventure began today and I am scared and ready all at the same time! I am currently on an overnight flight to London where I will meet up with the rest of my program and then we check into the hotel and head straight to see the sights of the city!

What a wonderful world that we live in that I am not only able to communicate through a device, but I can get Wi-fi on an airplane!! I still remember when that was definitely not the case and you were stuck with books, CD players, and sleep! Talk about an insanely long 9-hour flight!

So far I have met I think 6 other girls that are also in my program which is comforting when you’re literally leaving the country with no one that you know previously. All of them are super sweet and we are already talking about all of the gelato places to go to and the sights to see! London we have half of a day of guided tours and the rest of the day to ourselves so I have a couple of spots picked out that I want to hit up! (Tea isn’t on the list… sorry I can’t stand it, but I might eat a scone!)

I will be linking my outfit details when I get better Wi-fi, hey it’s in the air it isn’t going to be perfect, but you can check out where to get my luggage under, “Things I’ve Bought Recently” section in the scrolling picture box! So far I have loved everything about them and they hold SO MUCH STUFF!

Okay time for me to go to bed even though my body thinks it is time to watch a movie lol gotta love time change! Check back soon for some London updates and my tips and tricks of an over night flight!

xoxo,
Lex
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Read more from Alexa at http://alexamclain.com/
To find out more about the AIFS Study Abroad in Florence program, check out http://www.aifsabroad.com/italy/florence/

16 May 2017

¡Vamos a España! #HogsAbroad in Spain #TravelTuesday

wordpress photoHi, my name is Anabel! I am studying abroad in Spain this summer with the University of Arkansas Faculty-Led Summer in Madrid program. I am currently studying marketing with a minor in Spanish.

I chose to study in Madrid because I want to improve my Spanish-speaking skills. I also have family in Spain (I’m half Spanish) and I’m looking forward to learning more about my culture. I’m hoping to improve my Spanish enough so one day I can be bilingual and speak with other Spanish speakers in the workplace.

The two classes I’ll be taking at the University of Nebrija are allowing me to graduate a semester early (woo!).

I’m so excited to completely immerse myself in the Spanish culture and practice Spanish all summer. Studying abroad in Spain has been one of my goals since high school.

I’m able to study abroad thanks to the support of my family and the U of A! I have received The Center of Retailing Excellence scholarship by the Sam M. Walton College of Business. This award is allowing me to travel and create awesome memories. Thank you!
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Follow Anabel on her journey at https://boozabroad.wordpress.com/
To find out more about the U of A Spanish in Madrid summer program, visit http://studyabroad.uark.edu/madrid.

14 May 2017

Before the Big Adventure #HogsAbroad in Ireland

Hi! My name is Sarah.  I’m a Elementary Education Student who is studying to get my Masters in Elementary Education with an emphasis in ESL. I have traveled to one other country, Guatemala, and I will be going to Ireland with the University of Arkansas. I look forward to sharing my adventure with you as we explore the culture, education, and the beautiful country of Ireland.
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This program for education majors highlights similarities and differences between the Irish and American education systems, while evaluating the impact of culture and history on education. Students will be immersed in the Irish education system through interactive visits to primary and secondary schools in Limerick. Find out more at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/eduireland