Study Abroad Reflection by Julia Piermattei

I had so much fun during my study abroad experience.  I enjoyed my time during adventures on the island of Bocas and sightseeing in Panama City.  My favorite activities that we did was exploring all of the beautiful beaches in Bocas, seeing all of the unique wildlife during the night-hikes in the rainforest, and going to the Old Panama City.  I was proud of myself for trying new foods and…

Reflection by Caitlyn Costa

After a few days back in the city, in the comfort of my own apartment, I have had some time to reflect on my study abroad experience in Panama. Even while I was still there, I knew that this trip was something I would never forget, and I had already been mentally cataloging the main takeaways. My study abroad trip to Panama reinvigorated my sense of adventure, sparked a desire…

Isla Colona, Bocas del Toro by Caitlyn Costa

To get to the ITEC Biological Field Station where the fieldwork for our study abroad program was to take place, the main method of travel is by boat. In fact, the main method of travel in Bocas del Toro seems to be via boat. In Bocas del Toro, a province of Panama off the Caribbean coast, water taxis are ubiquitous, and you can’t forget that you are on an island…

Panama by Julia Piermattei

While staying at the field lab station in Bocas del Toro; an island off of the Northern Panama coast,  we did so many activities such as snorkeling, caving, and hiking in the rainforest.  These hands-on activities were very different from the typical classroom setting at the College and I loved it.  Our lectures before each of these adventures were helpful supplemental material to what we were learning on the island. …

Intro by Julia Piermattei

Julia Piermattei: Biology Major/Chemistry and Music Minors, Senior, CofC Faculty-Led Maymester Panama trip  I chose this study abroad program because I thought Panama would be a great place to learn about ecology by observing and studying all of the biodiversity the country has to offer from the oceans, mountains, and rainforests.   The goals I set during my study abroad was to try new things and become more immersed into the…

Intro by Nikki Taylor

My name is Nikki Taylor, and I’m a marine biology major with a minor in environmental and sustainable studies. I’m a sophomore (rising junior) studying in a faculty-led trip to Panama. The class we’re taking is General Ecology, so this is a very biology-centered trip. Even though it’s not specific to marine biology, I figured the class would still fit my studies because there is some focus on the ocean…

Visiting Peru by Eric Leon

While studying in South America in Santiago de Chile, we traveled around the continent as well as within Chile.  The study abroad program organized by the College of Charleston included a week-long excursion to Peru at the beginning of October, consisting of Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes and Lima. This was by far one of my favorite trips I have taken so far and also where I came to learn so…

Learning Everywhere by Maggie Laughlin

My favorite day in Montevideo continues to change the more I get to know the city. My current favorite day occurred this past weekend. For my Global Business Management and Viticulture class, we got to go as a class to visit one of Uruguay’s popular wineries, Pizzorno Family Estates. I was expecting that we would just be walking through their vineyards, but I was happily surprised that we would be…