Tag Archives: International Internship

Sydney at a castle in Spain

Returning Home from Spain

Saying goodbye and traveling back home In the past I had traveled, returned home and then said I felt homesick for the place I had been. Little did I know,…

Sydney and her host mom and one of her sisters and her friend at a local museum

Studying Abroad in Spain

The start of my journey to travel abroad through JCC Have you ever thought of going to a different country to learn about a new culture? I dreamed of the…

Spain at dawn

Time to Change

“When it’s time to change, then it’s time to change.  Don’t fight the tide, come along for the ride, don’t you see?” This inspirational quotation comes from one of my…

You can take the girl out of Salamanca … or not

It’s been more than two weeks since I started living and interning in Valladolid, Spain. I know the city well enough to run by myself now and to be independent…

Display at Chengdu's Festival of Lights

Spring Festival in Jintang

For Spring Festival, Hannah and I were taken to our friend Ting’s home in Jintang. We spent the first few days with her parents and had huge lunches and dinners…

Blake holds a crab; crab on plate

Sushi, Sashimi, and Shrimp at the Shangri La

Because Chinese New Year officially begins on 2.18.2015, many of our new friends are preparing to fly home for the holiday. As a treat and a thank-you from the YMCA,…

Chengdu from balcony; group of friends

Chengdu: The Real City That Never Sleeps

Sleep? What’s that? This past week has been a busy one with all the hustle and bustle surrounding the ongoing Spring Festival festivities and the highly anticipated Chinese New Year!…

Blake teaches an older lady English

Finding Community in Lianhua

  Every Tuesday and Thursday for the past two weeks, Hannah and I have been instructing English at the YMCA/YWCA Lianhua Community Center. Our projects have mostly been directed towards…

Taylor Kickbush in London

Blossoming in London and Beyond

“Come on, Taylor, you’re going to miss the train! Hurry, hurry, hurry!” yells my roommate, Maggie, from the opposite side of the local train station. Caramel macchiato and boarding ticket in hand,…

Taylor Kickbush next to sign "Love Never Fails"

Cheers, from London!

I would have never imagined being in the city of London at this point in my life. Beautiful Victorian architecture, famous street art, bustling underground tubes (subways), 200 acre parks, double…