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Study Abroad Ambassadors

What is a Study Abroad Ambassador?

Ambassadors are study abroad returnees who are passionate about their education abroad experience and are willing to share their insight and expertise with fellow students.

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Ambassadors can be reached through e-mail. Find Ambassadors who have studied in the region, country or program in which you are interested by using the links below.

Africa | Americas | Asia | Europe | Oceania | Multi-Country

Africa

Margaret Moffett

Summer in Morocco - Summer 2019

Morocco is a country located in North Africa with rich culture, history, and delicious food. Morocco is the richest country in Africa! Morocco's scenery is breathtaking and hearing multiple languages every day is quite amazing. Most people have the stereotypical vision of Africa which they perceive as underdevelopment and in poverty but if you get a chance to really understand Africa you will know that not all of Africa is like that. Morocco is a country that has lots to offer and is a safe place to travel. If you really want to step out of your comfort zone go somewhere that makes you, because it is truly worth it!

 

Kristen Peterson

USAC Ghana: Accra - Spring 2019

Students should take advantage of studying abroad in Ghana since it is a culture so different from Wilmington, NC and the rest of the United States. You are immersed into the Ghanaian lifestyle, as you hand-wash your clothes, learn Twi (the local tribal language), and take the "trotro" (the public transport, which is a rickety van). You will meet many people in this friendly country and enjoy hearing their perspective on things and sharing your own. You will go on safaris and see the chimpanzees and elephants. You can sleep in the treehouse at Kakum National Park and be the first ones out on the canopy walk in the morning, where bridges are suspended hundreds of feet up in the trees of the rainforest. No matter what you do, you will be pushed out of your comfort zone when you study abroad in Ghana.

 


Americas

Lindsey Aubuchon

Faculty-Led in Costa Rica - Spring 2019

Over the summer, I studied in Costa Rica on a short-term program. While there, I spent most of my time in a portion of the country known as the Nicoya Peninsula. This part of the country is known for the longevity and happiness of the lives of its people. I was there to understand why these people live such fulfilling lives, while also experiencing their way of life. Because of my experiences in Costa Rica, I have learned a lot about a new culture, practiced my Spanish speaking skills, and discovered specific areas of my own life which I could improve upon to live more like the Costa Rican people, increasing both my physical and mental wellbeing.

Meagan Colston

Happiness Emphasis: Honors Seminar in Costa Rica Faculty-Led - Short-Term Spring 2019

Here in the US, we focus on materialistic items and seeing who has the most and the best. In Costa Rica, they do the opposite. They may not have the best car, house, etc. However, if they have their family, friends, and relationships that's all that matters. I started to live more in the moment and worry less about what seemed to be a downgrade of living conditions (ex. Not the best air conditioning or WiFi). I realized that those things had no importance compared to the interactions I was having with the citizens of Costa Rica.

Asia

No current Ambassadors for this region. For information on programs in Asia, reach out to the region's advisor, Katrena Henderson.

Europe

UK & Ireland

Trey Dal Pizzol

FYSA in the UK - Fall 2019

While abroad, I learned more about Welsh and English culture than any class I could take. I stayed on the campus of Bangor University, living with the Welsh students. The clashing of our American culture versus their Welsh culture was fascinating. We hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for the local students, and they invited us to their Guy Fawkes Day or Bonfire Night. We both learned so much about each other and the friends we all made will be with us for life. 

Octavia Henry

Swansea Univ. - Fall 2019

Wales is one of the best places to study abroad because of its rich culture and breathtaking landscapes. You get the best of both worlds with the incredible coastline and the beautiful mountain ranges. It has a little something for everyone! Whether you want to surf, hike, lay out by the beach, or head to the big cities to shop--it has it all. What I found most enriching about this experience was all of the historical places I was able to visit. An extra perk of studying there was how easy it was to travel to other countries within and outside of the UK. Fun fact: Wales has more castles than any other country in Europe!  

Kayla Johnson

Honors College Dive in: Consumer Culture in London Short-Term Fall 2019

London is home to unique historic sites and modern constructions making the city an exciting learning environment. I found their vast cultural diversity to be the most enriching experience I had while studying abroad. My favorite place in London, was the ruins of the Roman-London wall laid originally by Roman hands to protect their port city of "Londinium." It was surreal to stand where Romans had built their city that later flourished into the cultural and economic epicenter that exists today.  

Rachel Polzin

ISEP in United Kingdom: Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland ISEP Direct - Spring 2019

The entire country was breathtaking, from the city to the highlands, everything seemed magical. You could truly see where JK Rowling had gotten her inspiration for the wizarding world of Harry Potter in the original cobblestone streets, historic stone buildings, and the spectacular castle on a hill. The travel was cheap, and I was able to explore some amazing cities and find some new favorites across Europe. Edinburgh was the city I made memories and friendships to last a lifetime, and where I left a part of my heart. 

Kristen Rhodes

Univ. of Stirling: UK - Fall 2019

Scotland is a beautiful country and it is full of beautiful opportunity and experiences. Very rarely do you get the opportunity to be so close to so many historic landscapes, while also embracing the beauty of the country. While abroad I got to learn about Dutch, French, Italian, Canadian, Spanish and even some parts of American culture I didn't know. I also got to fully experience English, Scottish and Northern Ireland culture as these are the main parts of the United Kingdom.

Kaitlyn McCormack

National Univ. of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) Spring 2020

Galway Ireland is a beautiful place with music, art, little coffee shops and restaurants, as well as amazing scenery around every corner you turn. Everyone in the city is very welcoming and willing to teach you about their culture and I met many new people and formed lots of lifelong friendships. With Ireland being such a small country, it is easy to travel around whether it be Dublin, Belfast, or literally anywhere else, with just with a bus ticket!  I could not have imagined a better place to study abroad than Galway.

Savanna Morris

UNCW @ Maynooth: A Fall Program for First Year Spring Admitted Students - Fall 2018

Students will find that this experience will mature and humble them as they grow into a more culturally enhanced citizen. This will change their perspective on the surrounding communities they encounter and allow for more critical thinking. Students should want to study abroad to learn aspects that are unimaginable otherwise! My trip to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was definitely one of my favorite trips I took in Ireland!

Germany

Katheryn Haas

Intensive Language Study in Bonn and Bremen -Summer 2019

People should study abroad in Germany because not only is it a beautiful country, but it also has a big opportunity to learn about American history. Germany is a great place to learn about World War II and the Cold War. I also think Germany is an amazing place to visit because it is centrally located in Europe, so there are lots of opportunities to travel elsewhere.  My favorite experience while in my host country was visiting Berlin. Berlin embraces the history of World War II and while I was in Berlin I got to experience a tour of a concentration camp. Visiting a camp was one of the things I wanted to visit Germany to do, and it is an unreal feeling that I got to do it.

Italy

Marissa Garrow

UNCW In Italy - Academic Year 2019

Living in the Bay of Naples, Italy for seven months is fantastic in and of itself, but when I got to go scuba diving in Marina Grande, while learning about different organisms, was like something out of a storybook. Being immersed in another culture is a steppingstone to understanding the world around you. Studying abroad gave me lasting friendships and the confidence that I never knew I had.

Alyssa Henyecz

UNCW In Italy - Summer 2019

Studying abroad in Italy was an eye-opening experience. I stayed in an apartment in the small coastal city of Sorrento. Living in Sorrento I was able to see both the tourist side of Italy and the family focused environment that Italian culture is known for. Italy has so many different cultures and customs depending on where you are in the country. Living in Italy myself I realized that the U.S. has very much so Americanized Italian culture and it was very humbling to see real Italian culture. I felt welcomed at all places I went to and even made friends with local storeowners who helped myself and my roommates in navigating our way in a new country.

Spain

Logan Massengill

ISA Sevilla, Spain: International Studies, Business & Spanish Language - Academic Year/Semester - Spring 2020

Spain is a wonderful country with amazing culture, warm people, beautiful cities & landscapes and easy access to travel to other countries. while abroad I had the ability to study and practice my Spanish with my host family and other students. The locals are patient and are excited that you are trying to learn and practice your Spanish and they like to practice their English too! I wouldn't  trade my experiences in Seville, Spain for anything.

Shannon Parness

CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts Program in Barcelona, Spain - Fall 2019

The study abroad experience was one of the best in my life. Going to Spain, especially as a Spanish major, let me into their culture in a way I never knew possible before. For me, learning a language is like learning a new culture, so when you immerse yourself into that culture, it helps even more. I was able to use Spanish in my everyday life, so I furthered my knowledge there as well. I made friends and memories that will last a lifetime!

Oceania

Australia

Summer Owens

AIFS Study Abroad Traveling Program - Summer 2019

I think everyone should study abroad! It truly is such a unique and once in a lifetime experience. You get to meet amazing people, get the chance to learn with many hands-on experiences, and not to mention all the cool places you get to explore, food you get to try, and activities you get to participate in. Studying abroad is a great way to get a break from a normal semester, and it made me have an even deeper appreciation for marine biology and other cultures. My favorite experience from studying abroad was when I was in Coral Bay, Western Australia for 10 days doing our field research on the Ningaloo Reef. On one of our free days, me and a few other students did a humpback whale tour. I not only got to see many adult and baby humpback whales migrating, but I also got to swim with 8 humpbacks.

Alyssa Thompson

Univ. of Newcastle - Spring 2020

Australia is absolutely beautiful with a new surprise around every corner. I took a day trip to explore the city of Newcastle and found a memorial walkway right along the edge of the ocean that has stunning views and hidden beaches, along with a man-made ocean bath called "Bogey Hole". The wildlife is truly unique, and the people are incredible, welcoming, and kind. There is always something new to try and a group of others willing to go on the adventure with you. If you really want to get a better global perspective and have fun doing it, study abroad!

New Zealand

Joshua Mallin

Univ. of Waikato: New Zealand - Fall 2019

Study abroad provided some of the most exciting experiences of my life, and through my adventures, I learned more about myself as a person. Standing at the foot of Fox Glacier, climbing the mountains of Pleasure Island with my friends, learning te reo Maori in the local Marae, these are life-changing encounters I could have had nowhere else. To feel where I stood in the greater world and how I can contribute to it was a truly unique experience for me and is something I feel everyone should experience for themselves.

Multi-Country

Makenna Judy

Semester at Sea: Spring Voyage - Spring 2020

Semester at Sea is truly the experience of a lifetime. I got to see Da Nang, the city where my sister was born, and learn about the unique culture of Vietnam while traveling all across the country. I was able to learn and experience new cultures firsthand and got the chance to step outside my comfort zone in ways I could never have imagined. While my trip didn't go as planned due to the Pandemic, I wouldn't have changed the experience for the world because of the friends I met, relationships I made, and memories that will last me a lifetime.

Courtney Wilson

Semester at Sea - Spring 2019

Through Semester at Sea, you develop a better intercultural identity while traveling to ten different countries and having personal experiences with the cultures you visit. My favorite aspect about Semester at Sea, was that our shipboard community became close and we cared about one another like a family, our Academic Dean knew the name of every student and faculty on board, despite that there was over 600 of us. My favorite experience in country was in India when I met, Mahz, a student from St. Theresa's College. We met at a welcome reception through Semester at Sea on the first day at port; where she taught me about her culture and in return, I shared a bit about mine.

 

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