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From Guest to Family- All in 48 Hours


The first 48 hours of your time abroad will probably be the most exciting of your entire stay. There is so much to discover, so much to explore, so much you don’t know about…These first two days are filled with emotions: you may be a little anxious and worry that your second language is not good enough. You may be struggling to fit in and overwhelmed by everything new you discover.

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Sam's Exchange Trip Video


My trip to France was absolutely extraordinary, and I cannot wait to share it with you. To start off this blog, I have included a link to a video montage that I filmed over the course of my three weeks with Andeo. I hope you enjoy. I will be adding pictures soon! 





Humans of Nicaragua


On my trip to Nicaragua, I met some of the most kind, welcoming, and generally lovely people I have ever known. Above are their photos, and below are their corresponding profiles with their name, occupation, and their answers to the questions: "What is your favortie thing about Nicaragua?" and "In your opinion, what is the most important thing to have for a good life?" (Note that all answers are tanslated from Spanish to English)

Photo 1: 

Name: Julian

Occupation: Spanish teacher at Pie de Gigante Spanish School


Costa rican bbq for my birthday was a great way to spend my 18th

Qu'est-ce que ça veux dire??


As much French as we think we know before we go to France, there is always so much more to learn. More specifically, there are expressions that are unique to each region. To help prepare you a bit for your stay in France, I have a list of expressions that I learned while staying in Bordeaux. While some of these expressions are used in all of France, there are also many that are only said in Bordeaux.

Some expressions are used by mainly teens and youth, but are still good to know, and some are found more in literature than in everyday conversation.

Walking in the Shoes of a Spaniard


I knew before my trip to Spain that looking at the similarities and differences between the American and Spanish culture without bias would be a difficult task. Nevertheless, I tried my absolute best to observe the variances without judging them. Every culture had their own lifestyle so instead of looking at certain aspects as wrong or weird, it is important to view them as interesting or just  as a matter of fact. And that is exactly what I did.

Teen Life

San Sebastián


Day 1

The time in costa Rica


While i stayed in Manuel Antonio. My class room was outside and the veiw was amazing,

Immersion in Spain

"Going on an exchange for one month has been the most humbling, yet empowering thing I have ever done in my life. I learned how to be grounded when literally everything around me was different and plans constantly changed."
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