Melissa and Paulo

Meliisa speaking

Melissa was a Georgian College student in the Travel and Tourism program.

Paulo was a Georgian College international student from Brazil.

Melissa and Paulo were selected for the 2017 Social Innovation and Cultural Exchange project, were they completed their co-ops by visiting Asia for 11 weeks to help promote Georgian College. They visited over 20 cities within three countries, including China, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Doris and Shannon

Doris at the great wall of China

Doris was an international student at Georgian College from China in the Business Marketing program.

Shannon on the great wall of china

Shannon was a Georgian College student in the Human Resource Management, graduate certificate program.

Doris and Shannon were selected for the 2018 Social Innovation and Cultural Exchange project. They traveled around Asia for six weeks on a jam-packed schedule, helping to promote Georgian College.

Mike and Matias

Matias eating

Matias is a Georgian College international student from Chile. He came to Georgian in 2016 to study Computer Programming.

Between semesters he went VIA University in Denmark for their three-week summer program on Android Development.

Mike is a Georgian College international student from Korea. He was studying computer programming at Georgian College.

Between semesters he also went VIA University in Denmark for their three-week summer program on Android Development.


The #GoAbroadSquad is a team composed of Georgian College students, alumni, staff and faculty that have completed a successful study or work abroad experience and we invite you to learn from them and join the squad in future semesters. We aim to empower all Georgian College students to become changemakers through international experiential learning. The #GoAbroadSquad creates social change in all Georgian College campuses.

Why get involved?

1. Improve your student experience through internationalization and experiential learning

2. Network with like-minded individuals; with people who have done a study or work abroad experience or with people that are considering this in the future

3. Enhance your cultural awareness and global knowledge

4. Expand your world view and share stories with others

5. Learn something new, and get inspired about social innovation ideas

6. Enhance your resume with global and cultural awareness skills

If you want to learn more about what our team does and how you can get involved in our movement feel free to send us a message or email us at

Krystal in Japan – Predeparture


The days leading up to this trip has been filled with assignments and chapter long to do lists.  To be honest it’s a bit overwhelming trying to ensure I’ve covered every little detail of everything before I leave.  It’s s nerve racking flying to the other side of the world with people you don’t know to spend 12 days working together. I’m not exactly sure what activities we’ll be doing or what exactly is expected of me.  I only know where I’m going and for how long.  Also, for the first time I’m going to have to be actively aware of my shell-food allergy 24/7 – that’s a bit scary.  So, in summary, I’m anxious. However, Japan has been #1 on my list of places I absolutely need to travel to so no matter what happens I’m excited to experience it.  I’m honestly already thinking about what I want to do if I ever get to go back (I haven’t even been there yet! haha!).  I feel truly blessed that my first time there is not as a tourist but as a student because I get to have the full educational experience and see parts of Japan for what it is and not what the tourism industry has put forth for me to see.

I think my fascination with Japan stems from the fact that many things about the culture is so opposite to my own. Even the most mundane common everyday things that I hear about are intriguing.  I’m enthralled by their media and entertainment. It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever come across in my life, but it’s also the first bit of media that I’ve encountered that accurately depicts how my mind works. I love storytelling and writing and I must admit that a lot of my writing is heavily influence by Japanese drama, anime and manga.

I’m excited to experience the culture firsthand, meet new people, try new food and cross another country off my list.  I’ve been collecting bracelets for places I’ve travelled to- I’ll attach a picture below.  I can’t wait to add a new one to my collection.

necklaceThis bracelet is the first one I ever got- it’s from Cancun 2015.  A guy had set up a booth inside the resort I was staying in and was carving personal designs in coins and attaching them to handmade bracelets.  I decided to share this picture because of the symbol I requested to be carved.  It’s the logo of One Piece.  One Piece is a Shonen manga created by the mangaka, Eiichiro Oda.  The manga follows a group of pirates travelling the world, conquering their fears, and following their dreams.  It is my biggest inspiration and I hope to get a copy of the manga in the original language when I travel to Japan.


Cassandra in Denmark – The Project

The Project

The week continues as we work with Jonatan Marcussen the manager at Mejlgade lab, an intelligent individual who is responsible for making the Pier 2 project even possible, he has been such a help with organizing resources for our plan to make it as successful as possible. The major project for the end of the program as mentioned before my group is working to build an eco-park on Pier two in the Aarhus harbour. Read more

Matias & Mike in Denmark – Week 1

The Journey Begins: Getting to Aarhus

Hi there! We are Matias Contreras and Wontae Bong; two international students at Georgian College, living the amazing experience of study in Demark for 3 weeks. We applied to a great initiative developed by the Go Abroad Squad and International Centre in Georgian. They made the connections with VIA University College, which is located in the city of Aarhus Read more

Cassandra in Denmark – Week 3

United Nations ’17 Sustainable Development and Co-creation

The third week has begun since I started the United Nations’17 sustainability development goals and co-creation and it has been an experience of a lifetime. First, I was a little nervous to begin the course with people I didn’t know because I did not realize how easy it was to make friends with people from different cultures and different native languages but I did not need to worry. Read more

Asia 2018 – Week 4

Week 4 – Dongying, Beijing

Hello everyone! After our visit in Jinan, we took a 3 hour train ride to Dongying, which is the youngest city in China! It’s population is around 2 million and it’s well known for its oil production! Almost everywhere we looked, there were fracking sites! We made a presentation at Shengli- New Zealand School and sat in on two classes with an American and Canadian teacher! We additionally made another presentation to parents and their children who have interest studying abroad in Canada. It went very successful, as many parents stayed behind to ask questions for 2 hours after the presentation was finished! Read more

Asia 2018 – Week 2

Week 2- Guangzhou, Foshan, Nanning, Xi’an and Baoji

Ni hao- Hello everyone!

As you can probably see from the title of this post, we’ve visited a lot of cities within the past week: Guangzhou–> Foshan–> Nanning was our first big trip in week two. The past two weeks have flown by but in a weird way, it also feels like it’s gone by slow. This is probably because we’ve travelled to so many places in such a short amount of time. Read more

Asia 2017 – Week 11

Week 11 – HCMC, Vietnam – Hanoi, Vietnam

What’s up, everyone?!

We hope that this week you learn some essential information on how you can adjust and adapt to a new culture and your own culture when you return home. If you look up the definition of “reverse culture shock” on google this is what you will find: “The shock suffered by some people when they return home after some years overseas. Read more

Asia 2017 – Week 8 & 9

Week 8 & 9 – Xian – Baoji – Nanjing – Suzhou – Shanghai

Yes, you read the title correctly! Four train rides, one flight and a lot of coffee! Five cities in two weeks. These past two weeks have been very busy and productive week for our project. We have had many opportunities to share more about what life is like as a student at Georgian College this week and have yet again met so many amazing students, parents and staff in East Asia. Read more

Cassidy in ireland – Week 2

Week 2: Preparing

Well I did it, it took me 6 tries but I did it, I packed 4 months in 2 suitcases…okay and my carry on (which is packed with clothes and shoes).

Packing is just one small part of preparing for my journey. This week I am going to go over ALL preparation, so if any of you readers plan on doing a study abroad program you can get an idea of the steps ahead. Read more