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January 15, 2018 Program Testimonials

What a week it’s been so far! Most of us arrived in Cusco on the weekend, a little jet lagged and a little weary due to altitude sickness. Apparently being over 3000 m above sea level is a bit different to being back home in Australia. After settling in to our accommodation at La Casa de Don Ignacio and meeting our fellow students we ventured out to see a little bit of the city and get our bearings. Cusco was the capital of the Incan empire and the city really speaks to this incredible heritage, as well as the Spanish influence of the 16th Century. One of the other things you notice around here is the number of dogs on the streets! As someone who has worked in animal welfare for several years, I was impressed by how healthy they all looked and how they were happy to follow you around the town for a little bit. Cusco is a bustling town and everyday you explore you find new areas and new things. On Sunday a group of us took the walk up to Christo Blanco, a statue of Chris ...

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Well, we are officially four days in and I feel as though, even before classes have begun, I’ve learned A LOT. For instance, I should probably be wearing two shirts, two pairs of socks AND have multiples of everything because it can take a little while to figure out a washer and dryer in Dutch (unless that’s just me, hey I’ll cop that). I’ve learned that the one inch gap between the top of my boots and the bottom of my rolled up jeans is enough to ruin my entire life, and rolling them down is definitely the most practical option. Not as aesthetic, but in instances such as European winter, it seems that practicality must trump all. Us Australians, Brisbanites in particular I’m thinking, wouldn’t know a real winter until it hits us in the face, much like it does as you walk out of the safety of the warm airport. I’ve decided that a Queensland winter prepares you for a European winter just as high school prepares you for university- it doesn’t. The history, ...

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January 12, 2018 Program Testimonials

Apart from taking an embarrassingly long time to understand the correct way to look before crossing roads, I’ve had an incredible first week in Maastricht. The week was mostly about learning about Maastricht and its surroundings. Our adventure started on Thursday the 4th of January, everyone arrived at our Guesthouse excited to be having such a fun and exciting first week of 2018.  We are all in Maastricht to study International Environmental Law, but a lot of us are at different stages in our law degrees and are all from different towns and universities. After settling into our rooms and meeting our new roomies, we nervously headed into the common area for Dutch pizza (features a lot of blue cheese??). But there was nothing to be nervous about, everyone here is so nice and all so excited to be on this study tour. We all sat around and got to know each other over some wine to celebrate arriving in Maastricht. A great end to our first day, and exciting start to our 3-week adventur ...

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September 7, 2017 Program Testimonials

Well apparently the time has finally come! How has 3 weeks passed so damn quickly? Despite it sadly being our last week in Mexico City, it was such an epic week that flashed by way too quickly! Free Day We were lucky that again on Monday we were granted a free day! It was perfectly timed because man did we need a breather (especially after our hectic weekend – click here to check out what we got up to). I decided to go on a solo mission to Soumaya, an incredible art gallery owned by Carlos Slim (one of the richest people in the world). I would absolutely recommend this gallery. Not only are the artworks in their world class – think Dalí, Renoir, Degas and Riviera, but the building itself is exquisite! For the rest of the day we spent our time chilling and working on our presentations due at the end of the week. We also went to a cute little cafe a block away from the hotel. It’s called A43 and has THE BEST mushroom burger I’ve ever had! Plus if you’re a ...

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Hola chicas! Cómo estás? As you can tell, my Spanish is going quite well! My stomach on the other hand, not quite. Our 2nd week in Mexico City has been equally full on as our first week (if you missed what happened, you can catch up here). We’ve learnt a lot, visited numerous museums and cultural sites and had one of the scariest nights of my life. Let’s have a look at what we got up to this week! Free Day Woo! We finally got a day off which meant an epic sleep in. Most of us used this day to relax and reset ourselves in preparation for the crazy week ahead of us. I used this day to remember my time in Mexico City forever! I got a TATTOO! Victoria and I headed to ‘Soul Flower’ in La Condesa to get some ink. The guy who gave us our tattoo was so awesome! His name was Jorge and he was from Honduras. He owns his own tattoo shop in Costa Rica where he now lives, and is currently travelling around to tattoo conventions in Mexico and Guatemala. After everything I’ve le ...

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Mexico, that country that speaks Spanish, is renowned for its tacos and tequila and apparently Trump doesn't like people from there. That's about the extent of my knowledge of Mexico before arriving and commencing my studies in its capital, Mexico City. So how did I end up here? Well you may recall that around this time last year, I was completing a short course in La Rochelle, France, with a company called AIM Overseas (you can read about my experiences in France here). And after having such a life changing and incredible experience in France, I looked into their programs to see how I can escape another Australian Winter. That's when I came across their program based at the University of La Salle in Mexico City titled 'Immigrants, Human Rights & Mexican Society.' Damn what a mouthful hey! Since I'm studying International Studies with Communications & Media Studies, I've always been fascinated, concerned and frustrated with current social and political perspectives towards ...

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