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.
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
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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.
This 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.
This is our third and last week in Aarhus. I must say that we do not want to leave yet because everything has been awesome and there are still many things to do around. This Friday we had our final exam in Android Development course, and it looked though, so we spent several hours studying in order to be ready.
This is our second week studying in Denmark, and the experience has been awesome. People in Aarhus are friendly, and everybody speaks English, so there are no communication barriers and it is quite easy to move around.
After a long journey, I am finally settled back into my home and back onto my regular schedule. Coming home was very hard for me as I made so many new friends in Aarhus, we became so close over the course of a month by working together every day.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Our last week in China seemed to be the longest week of them all- this is likely because we were anxious to fly home. It’s crazy to see how fast a month and a half flies by, and what aspects of Canadian culture you come to miss. For both of us, we missed the air quality, water activities (such as paddle boarding and kayaking) and our significant others. Read more →
This past 2 week in Aarhus, Denmark has been nothing but an adventure of a life time. First, when I came to Aarhus I was very nervous about how different the culture was compared to Canada, I then began school where it opened up a lot more opportunities for me to meet new people from all around the world. Read more →
WOW! We can’t believe how fast this project has flown by! It’s already week 5 and it feels like week 2. We must admit, the first few weeks felt much longer than the remaining 3. We’re making stops in two cities before we fly home, so there will be lots of final site seeing and presentations to make before July 10! Read more →
A little over a week has gone by since I arrived in Denmark, the beginning of my trip started in Copenhagen, I stayed there for four days in a place called Bedwood hostel on the street Nyhavn which is the Main Street for tourist in Copenhagen. Read more →
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 →
My name is Cassandra Khan, from Canada I was born and raised here. I attend Georgian College in the Environmental Technology program going into my 2nd year. After I finish my 2-year program, I plan on going into Marine Biology as it has been my dream since I was 11. Read more →
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 →
Hi there! My name is Matias Contras, from Chile. I came to Canada by the end of 2016 to learn English and try a new experience, hopefully for a good couple of years. Back home I studied psychology and worked in that field for around 3 years. Read more →
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 →
We hope so far you have gained some valuable knowledge of the East Asian culture from reading our posts. This time before we share our weekly experiences we decided to write a section including five tips of how to have the best experience when studying or working abroad. Read more →
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 →
We want to start out this week by thanking all of our readers for sending us such amazing comments & sharing our posts! This week we have included a few funny video’s featuring Melissa eating some interesting food choices after losing a card game. Read more →
The start of week five in East Asia was spent in Xi’an. Xi’an is located in the northern central part of China. It is the capital city of 13 different Chinese dynasties, and has a long and storied history. Our first day in the city we had lunch at a local restaurant with one of the parents of a Georgian College student. Read more →
Hi, everyone! We are so happy to see how many people have been reading our blog every week we will be sharing more information about the cities that we are visiting and a few travel tips. This week’s journey started in Beijing and ended in Luoyang. Read more →
Week 3 in China for us was very busy. It’s funny because sometimes we have to stop for a second to remember what city we are in and what day it is. This week we started our journey in a city called Wuhan. Read more →
Week two in Guangzhou was a roller coaster ride. We started to adapt to life in China, and we found a great Western restaurant that had amazing Italian food called Oggi. It was nice to find some comfort food. However, we have been very busy with our activities, events, and engagement with our new Chinese friends and partners. Read more →
You are the best thing that has ever happened to me. You have been some of the most incredible sights I’ve seen, and some of the most amazing times I’ve ever experienced. I will struggle for the rest of my life to explain your beauty to those who have never seen it. Read more →
This can be really stressful and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with panic and heartache as you feel your final days approaching. Of course there is excitement in seeing your friends and family again (and pets!), but it can be scary to know you’re saying goodbye to some of the best times of your life in just a few weeks. Read more →
The lights have been hung over the busiest streets, outside the pubs and storefronts, the trees and market set up in Eyre Square and of course the big Ferris wheel and beer tent set up as well. Christmas is in full swing in Galway and it’s spectacular. Read more →
Living abroad has been the most incredible, adventurous, crazy, scary time of my life…and so much more but I won’t get into all that yet. But it’s not all fun and games all the time (just most of the time), there are lots of things to consider when planning to live abroad. Read more →
Being an international student has proven to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life if not THE most amazing. There are a lot of new and different experiences that come along with it and I am going to share some of mine with you. Read more →
I know you’re probably wondering if I am even here for school or just fun. Sometimes I wonder that too since I am having such an incredible time, school included. Well I am finally going to talk about school life! Read more →
I am almost a month into my semester here in Ireland and I have absolutely fallen in love with Galway. The atmosphere never fails to amaze me from the 24/7 live music (whether it’s in the streets or in the pubs) to the rainy, cobblestone streets full of shops and cafes. I’ve become a Galway girl. Read more →
My journey started on Friday September 23rd. I got to the airport about 3 hours early as suggested and checked in my bags. Miraculously they were under the weight limit…not sure how but I’m not asking questions!! Read more →
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 →
This week I have been finishing up work and wrapping up…well, basically my life here in Canada. It’s a strange thing preparing to up and move your life to another country. I grew up in the Barrie area so I never moved away for school and I’ve never attempted to pack up my life before…until now. Read more →