Introduction by Kayli Peterson

Hello, my name is Kayli Paterson. I’m in my final year as a graduate student in the concurrent Environmental Studies and Sustainability and Public Administration master’s program. This summer, I will be visiting Ecuador for two weeks to study the diverse cultures and how they utilize sustainability in their everyday lives. We will explore different techniques of sustainability and how it, along with outside factors, impacts the local water quality…

Culture, Customs and Traditions by Savanna King

With my time abroad, I experienced many incredible events. In Berlin, Germany, there was the weekly festival at Mauer Park every Sunday where they have local vendors that are selling art and clothing, and food trucks that sell all kinds of international cuisines. There is also a large grass space that is filled with people playing instruments, singing and dancing. It is a great atmosphere and I enjoyed attending this…

Welcome to Ecuador! by Kayla Squiggins

I arrived in Quito with excitement and nervousness since this was my first ever trip outside the United States. The weather was a little chilly, but so refreshing compared to the humidity in Charleston, SC. The first excursion was a trip up to a lookout on the east side of the Pichincha Volcano via the teleférico, which is a gondola lift. After we arrived, we were able to take in…

Reflection by Allison Carter

I feel as though I really grew and learned from my four weeks in Lisbon, Portugal. This experience gave me knowledge of a different culture and healthcare system which is important for making changes and new implementations to the healthcare system at home. As a public health major, this trip also was my first interaction with research. I learned every part of the research process, from article readings to data…

“Typical” Days Abroad by Allison Carter

A typical weekday in Lisbon, Portugal consisted of school, work, and exploration. I woke up every day around 7:30 AM in order to get ready for class. I was usually downstairs at our hotel’s complimentary breakfast cafe around 8:00 AM for a meal of fruit, toast, beans, coffee, and pastries. Around 8:50 AM, I would start the five minute walk from our hotel to the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, where…

Intro by Kayla Squiggins

My name is Kayla Squiggins, and I am a third-year graduate student in the Environmental and Sustainability Master’s Program. I chose my program to learn more about water quality and sustainability in a different country and to understand how the people continue to be sustainable. I also wanted to collect water samples in different locations, such as waterfalls at higher altitudes to study the water qualities in different regions. My…