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Nicolas FernandezNicolas Fernandez, freshman electrical and computer engineering major, traveled to Honduras with the Engineering Service Learning at Montana de Luz program during the 2014 spring break.

"During my spring break in 2014, I took part in the Engineering Service Learning trip in Montana de Luz, at an orphanage for kids born with HIV/AIDS in Honduras. I lived with these kids, while simultaneously applying engineering coursework to help the orphanage. I was the team leader in charge of the aquaponics project, a food production system that combines conventional aquaculture with hydroponics in a symbiotic environment."

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Whitney ChristianWhitney Christian, fourth year medical student traveled to Choluteca, Honduras for an interprofessional medical mission trip during the course of the 2014 spring break.

"I chose to participate in this trip to a medically underserved region of Honduras as my final clinical experience during my four years of med school, and it was the best decision I could have made. Not only did it allow me to put to work my undergraduate Spanish minor and all that I’ve learned in four years of medical education, it gave me the amazing opportunity to travel abroad and serve such deserving and grateful communities of people that, otherwise, I would have never met."

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Alexandria SpeakmanSenior, Spanish major, Alexandria Speakman traveled to Cholucteca, Honduras with the program, College of Nursing Outreach, Honduras during the 2014 spring break.

"As a Spanish major with a pre-med focus this trip was too perfect for me. I was chosen by Dr. Glenn Martinez, head of the Spanish and Portuguese Department at The Ohio State University to be an official translator for the physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and pharmacists and all the students on the trip and it was a huge honor."

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Kavian AndersonSenior, biological engineer major, Kavian Anderson, traveled to Costa Rica during spring break 2014 with the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences on a service learning trip.

"What specifically attracted me the CFAES Costa Rica: Service Learning Program is that it caters to my studies, it was affordable and it was a great way to use my spring break to serve others. Many engineers don’t get a chance to study abroad because the curriculum doesn’t allow for it, so it excited me to learn that we would be building biodigesters on this trip, which is something I had been learning about in my classes."

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Dominic DiCamilloSophomore, Dominic DiCamillo, business administration major, traveled during his 2014 spring break to Costa Rica with Fisher College of Business' Emerging Market Global Lab.

"Prior to my trip to Costa Rica I had never been outside the country, let alone seen a beach! This opportunity was one that fit perfectly into my schedule, and would allow me to get international experience without sacrificing any time as a buckeye here at Ohio State."

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Sierra enjoys the view in New ZealandSierra Jepsen, sophomore, agricultural business and applied economics major, traveled to New Zealand in December 2013 to study Human and Animal Interactions.

“I was really excited to hear that the focus of the New Zealand study abroad was on Human and Animal interactions. I have taken an extreme interest in international livestock production and I hope to guide my career path in this direction.”

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NicoleNicole Koubek, sophomore, business logistics major, traveled to Italy and Ireland with the Fisher College of Business Freshman Global lab during the 2013 May session.

“I had never been to Europe before, but after this trip, I hope I will get the opportunity to go back someday. We not only got to view some of the most famous places in the world, but we also had the pleasure of getting to meet with companies, such as Yahoo, and see their headquarters and how their everyday operations work.”

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Bailey BurkholderBailey Burkholder, sophomore, marketing major, traveled to Italy and Ireland with the Fisher College of Business Freshman Global Lab during the 2013 May session.

"I chose to do a short May-mester study abroad to Italy and Ireland so I could get an experience traveling without the fear of being away from my family for too long. Also, I decided to go with the Freshman Global Lab through Fisher so I could have the opportunity to meet other business students in my grade and start building connections within my college."

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Kacie poses in LondonKacie Parke, senior, English major, studied abroad in England during the 2013 summer.

"Studying abroad was the greatest decision I have ever made. The 17 other Buckeyes I studied abroad with were essentially strangers, we had only briefly introduced ourselves at orientation meetings prior to traveling and we were friends on Facebook. The trip there was also the first time I traveled by myself, which was exciting and scary at the same time. After 6 weeks of living in a foreign country together, we came home great friends. The 18 of us left as strangers, and came back as great friends, and I attribute this to not having working internet in our dorm at the University of Greenwich for the first week, which forced us all out of our comfort zones and inevitably to bond with the people we had right in front of us. I never would have thought I would have been blessed to gain lifelong friendships with people I studied abroad with."

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Megan SharpeSenior anthropological sciences major, Megan Sharpe, studied abroad during the 2013 summer in Italy.

"I got to spend six weeks in Altopascio, Italy the summer before my senior year of undergrad. I was at The Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri (an abbey) near Altopascio. This was an academic program with a goal to train us students in the archaeological and bioarchaeological field and laboratory methods."

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Sarah Perry

Sophomore, public affairs major, Sarah Perry traveled to Guatemala during the 2013 summer.

"My experience in Guatemala changed the way that I perceive the world. I fell in love with the people and the rich culture and want to return one day. Our group, affectionately called the GuateFam, grew so close and made memories that we will never forget. I was there for 2 weeks in rural and indigenous rural areas in Guatemala close to Lake Atitlán. We toured local health care facilities, volunteered in a hospital, worked to install fences, irrigation systems, and cleared land for organic school gardens, volunteered with a special needs school, worked to install water filtration systems as well as stoves that produced less smoke to help avoid respiratory diseases that result from smoke inhalation during cooking."

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Shelby Bradford and friends in EnglandShelby Bradford, senior, double major in communications and English, studied abroad during summer 2013 on the English Literature program at the University of Greenwich in England.

"I always wanted to study abroad and after talking to a friend who went to Greenwich the summer before I did and hearing her testimony, I knew I had to go; she amped it up SO WELL. The Greenwich Program is for English majors and English minors at Ohio State and knowing my passion for my major and knowing the experience and knowledge I could gain from the going abroad, I wanted nothing more than to go across the pond to study the literature of London."

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European Equestrian StudiesSophomore, meat science major Michelle LeMaster studied abroad in Germany and France on the European Equestrian studies program during spring break 2013.

"I feel like everyone should have an opportunity to study abroad and be able to expand their knowledge and I am blessed to have been given this wonderful opportunity. I was given the chance to travel to Germany and France to further my knowledge of how the equine species are viewed and used in other countries in comparison to the United States."

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Emily BuckEmily Buck, associate professor in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is the resident director of the college’s first year experience study abroad program in Ecuador. This program gives freshmen a first-hand experience with Ecuadorian culture, the global economy and environmental issues. Emily decided to jump on board with the program in its second year to help engage first year students and get them interested in the world and travel.

“Based on the great experiences I had as a student studying abroad, I knew it was an important opportunity for students,” said Buck. “What better way to get this than starting your freshman year?”

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Sarah klingshirn EcuadorSarah Klingshirn, a sophomore animal sciences major, studied abroad during December 2012 in Ecuador with the College of Food, Agricultural and Enviornmental Sciences First Year Experience program.

“Through my study abroad program I gained friends, knowledge and cultural awareness. Ecuador is different from the United States, and it was great to see how the Ecuadorians lived. Staying with a host family for a night was a great experience because they live so simply. They did not speak any English so it was a struggle to communicate, but the family was kind and understanding.

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