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Four months of waiting and it was finally here – arrival in Granada! I’d like to say that my first impression of Granada was the incredible Sierra Nevada mountains, the beautiful architecture, or the cute and colourful streets. However, after three previous international flights putting me through Dubai and Madrid airports, and a few days in Madrid, Granada airport was the opposite of what I was expecting. We landed in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by fields of crops and animals. We got off the plane straight onto the tarmac and I mentally prepared myself for the ordeal of finding firstly a bathroom, then attempting to follow signs to find my baggage, and finally working my way out of the airport and finding my bus among the numerous vehicles waiting to pick passengers up. All this mental preparation turned out to be for nothing however, as when we entered the airport building, there was the toilet on the right, the two baggage belts to the left, and the exit straight a ...

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Just kidding, it was about 3000 degrees too hot for a cuppa. This has been our first week at MSU and what a week it has been! A few of us had some airport induced dramas in arriving at MSU but we all arrived in one piece and those who had made it in prior to 9pm went out for a bit of a mingle. Orientation is usually such a dreaded word. We were all presently surprised and relieved that orientation was fun and interactive. We broke off into our groups to participate in the scavenger hunt (shout out to the winners, Potato Head Fam). Next on our list was a trip to Meijer. Our trip to Meijer was out of this world. It is true what the say, everything is bigger in the USA. After one trip to Meijer, and many purchases later, we head back to campus. After a tour of the university and a fun round of introductions, we were off to “the rock”. Provided with information about how the students and other East Lansing community members paint the rock to support social causes important to them, w ...

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June 11, 2017 Program Testimonials

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Well, we’re back home in Australia. We’ve finished our exam, said goodbye to our Austrian lecturers and our Australian fellow students, and flown halfway around the world back to summer here in Oz. Our last week focused on wrapping up our learning around inclusive education. On Monday and Tuesday we were presenting in groups on a number of different education systems from a variety of different countries. Then we held a mock ‘World Summit on Education’ and used what we had learnt in the last three weeks to put together a number of priorities for education and some new structures to help countries move towards inclusive education. This exercise was a lot of fun and it was nice dreaming up an ideal education system; however, it also reinforced to me how much power over schools and learning lies in so few hands. As we were listing our priorities, we were free to focus only on the students’ needs, without concern for budgets, political needs, social factors and all the diffic ...

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This blog documents and summaries Kari Seeley's first week on the AIM Overseas "Empowering Women in the 21st Century" program taught in Lisbon, Portugal which runs in the January university holidays! Warm Welcome and Sunny Skies (Sunday 15 Jan, 2017) [gallery ids="10286,10287,10285"] I had been warned: Lisbon in winter is cold and possibly wet. Be prepared! I’ve worked in the northern hemisphere during winter, so I’m used to dressing for snow and ice but I’ve never worked near the Mediterranean in winter, so I was not sure what to expect, other than ‘cold & wet.’ I had an umbrella in my hand luggage and another one in my suitcase. I had carried a heavy wool overcoat all the way from Adelaide in case. But to tell you the truth, I had wondered on more than one occasion during transits, if I should have left such a hefty and bulky item home. As the plane taxied into the Lisbon terminal I was very pleasantly surprised to see blue sky and sunshine. I probably should hav ...

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I’ve just arrived back in Australia following my three weeks studying abroad in Milan. I participated on the AIM Overseas short course called “Patterns of Change and Resilience in Middle Eastern Politics” taught at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC). As I reflect on this simply amazing experience and write this blog, the first thing that comes to mind is the incredible life-long friends that were made. Although there were only eight of us on the program, we all became very close and all of us are already looking forward to meeting up in our home towns around Australia. The program, Patterns of Change and Resilience in Middle Eastern Politics was incredibly engaging. I learnt so much about historical and contemporary Middle Eastern Politics and it was amazing to see it from a different perspective. Our lecturer, Alessandro, was incredibly engaging and innovative with the creation of our assessments which made the program very memorable and unique Milan was a b ...

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