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As week two draws to a close, we’ve definitely settled into life at Graz and are beginning to know the city like the back of our hands. We are well and truly on our way to having a broader understanding of inclusive education and this week was particularly fun because we enjoy a weekend away to Vienna. Monday was spent focusing on our coursework, we had a 4 hour class Monday morning which provided us with some valuable strategies for inclusive education and were able to experience them first hand during group work in the class. After class we headed back to the hotel to refresh our minds before everyone met up with their small groups to do work on our presentations focusing on Inclusive Education in another country, we soon felt we’d accomplished enough for the day setting out a plan of attack and gathering resources. As a treat for our hard work some of the group headed out to a local wine bar to relax and continue to bond as a group. The wine bar was cosy and warm, we chatted ...

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It feels like time is flying by – do we really only have a week to go? Here’s a recap of Week 2 in Graz studying Inclusive Education. It’s been a busy week for classwork and assignments – we’re heading towards our presentations on Tuesday and our final exam is not long after that. So we are starting to settle in and get down to work on all our assignments and presentations. But there’s still been plenty of fun and cultural experiences, the highlight of which has been our weekend trip to Vienna! Monday and Tuesday mornings we had classes, where we were looking further into Inclusive Education. Together we reviewed all the UN Declarations outlining the rights of disabled people, the rights of children, the rights of everyone to an education, and then started investigating how different countries have put that into action. For our presentations next week each group will be summarizing the education system of a country and how that country has implemented (or not implemen ...

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So in the blink of an eye, it's over! These past four weeks have flown by in a blur of classes, confusion and even more French than any of us could have ever expected. This has been the most amazing and rewarding experience ever and I don't think I would change a second of it. I have learnt so much in such a short space of time. I've not only improved my French beyond what I imagined, I’ve also learnt so much about myself. Being thrown headfirst into navigating the French metro system alone, trying to lug a suitcase up multiple staircases that weighs almost three quarters of my own body weight, and living with a family I had never met before and was struggling to communicate with due to nerves, taught me so much about resilience and how strong you can be in the moments you need it the most. I never imagined I could feel so much older after just one month. With plans to travel at the end of this month I anticipated that all the learning and growing I would be doing would be during ...

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If you want to see a full-on technicolour town then Puebla is the place to go. After all, it’s pretty hard to miss the bright orange church located on top of the Pyramid of Cholula (well, actually now a hill ever since the Spanish covered it because they thought it was used to worship the devil). We were lucky enough to get a weekend in Puebla, so aside from exploring the church and the historical city centre, we spent the rest of the time doing things like eating a three course meal in a restaurant whose interior looked like something straight out of a medieval castle, then having thick hot chocolate… then dulce de leche from the markets… then pizza with assorted alcoholic beverages… then freshly made churros smothered in melted chocolate… you get it. If it wasn’t for all the walking and many, many flights of stairs this trip I swear I would return home at least twice as heavy. Acquiring cardiovascular disease aside, there was also plenty to learn; with Arnoldo guiding ...

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February 9, 2017 Program Testimonials, Students

The real work started on the Friday of the first week. After spending the first few days being introduced into Mexico as a country through numerous cultural visits and historical overviews, we begun to focus on what we came to Mexico to do; learn about immigration and human rights within the Northern American region. Anyone even remotely interested in the current global political climate can see that this is very relevant, topical and emotional material which affects migrants worldwide. On the Friday morning of the second week we visited Casa de Los Amigos, which offers housing, food, community support and even Spanish classes to make integration into Mexican society easier. We had a chat with an 18 year-old called Frank who had made his way to Mexico City from Cameroon. He was aiming to reach the US but upon arriving at Casa de Los Amigos he decided to stay in Mexico City and make a life for himself here. Next stop was Casa Tochan, which houses male migrants who are transiting th ...

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Here we are, week 1 of Inclusive Education in Graz done! It’s been a fast-paced week, but we have also all settled in well, so it feels like we have been here, studying in Graz, for a while now. Let me take you back through our week. Saturday afternoon we all trickled into the hotel – some of us arriving from other travels, some fresh off the plane with a good dose of jet lag. Some of us are experienced travellers, and some of us hadn’t left Australia before. We are all studying education and psychology, and most of us are about halfway through our courses. These are the things we learnt that night as Georg, our Austrian activities coordinator, met us in the lobby and took us out for dinner and drinks to get to know each other. The next day dawned bright and early but most of us had a late start before meeting up at noon for some ice skating adventures. Some of us took to skating more naturally than others – some were doing loops and others struggled to let go of the wall – ...

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