On Arriving in London and Life in Camden

May 28, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Taylor_Lopez_Widget_PhotoTaylor Lopez is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications major with a minor in cyber security at the University of Maryland University College Europe, she is studying abroad in London this summer.

Below, Taylor talks about arriving in London and life in Camden where she will be living for the summer. 

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When I landed in London, I couldn’t help but smile because I looked out my window and noticed it was raining outside. I was greeted with raindrops because this is England and what else would I want? Despite realizing I’d forgotten to pack my umbrella, it made me happy to see the gray skies because it brought back memories from my last visit. Or it could’ve had something to do with only getting two hours of sleep the night before. Either way, I couldn’t wait to get off the plane, grab my suitcase and set off to the bustling streets of London. 


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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Thousand Word Thursdays: Sand Sculptor on Grafton Street, Dublin

May 28, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Each Thursday we will post a photo worth a thousand words from one of CAPA International Education’s global cities and let the image speak for itself. Today, Dublin.

沙雕 ( Sand Sculpture )
 Sand Sculptor Janos at work on Grafton Street, Dublin by qifeloyi

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland

Lentil as Anything: Volunteering Abroad in Sydney

May 28, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2015_From_Tommy_WinderlWords by Tommy Winderl, a University of Minnesota student who volunteered at Lentil as Anything while studying abroad in Sydney with CAPA International Education this Spring.

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There are many different ways to take advantage of a study abroad experience, and one way that I have chosen to do so is to volunteer at Lentil as Anything.

This organization was brought to my attention during one of the first weeks while in Sydney, when CAPA organized a food crawl in the Newtown neighborhood. Lentil as Anything was the first stop of three different places we would go that night.

What makes Lentil so unique is that it is a vegan restaurant that runs 100% on donations and volunteers. The goal of the not-for-profit organization is to provide a meal to anyone and everyone, regardless of their financial situation. The reasoning behind being vegan is so that no one is limited by the menu due to any cultural or dietary restrictions they may have.

Photo from the Lentil as Anything Facebook page

The menu is limited by the food available that day. It does not have any prices listed. Customers pay whatever they see fit to an anonymous box at the front of the restaurant, and if they can’t afford to pay then that is ok.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Volunteering Abroad

Study Abroad in Dublin: Pre-Departure Thoughts

May 27, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Ashley_Welsh_Widget_PhotoAshley Welch is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An economics major at Clemson University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In her first post below, Ashley shares her pre-departure thoughts.

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Well, this is it! I'll by flying to Dublin the day this post is published and, after a month of preparation, I am beyond thrilled to arrive. After spending most of May making the necessary calls and arrangements for my time in Europe, all I have left to do is finish packing – the most daunting task of all.


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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Internships in Global Cities

May 27, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Director of China Programs for CAPA International Education.

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There are many ways the people find their way to a global city, far from their home town. Apart from tourism, business trips, studying abroad, job-relocation and a few other things, a growing reason is to undertake an unpaid temporary internship - a structured working experience alongside regular employees in an organization in a far flung city.

There is general agreement that internships descended from professional apprenticeships that originated with the trade guilds of Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries. Master craftsmen and tradesmen took in young hopefuls who were doing fairly basic tasks to start and who served one master for most of their teenage life. After this "graduation", they could then begin earning a living in earnest and many stayed on to work with the master they had learned from.

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Posted in: Global Cities, Internships Abroad

Are You A Window or an Aisle?

May 26, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Lily_LiebermanLily Lieberman is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Lily raises an important question: Are you a Window or an Aisle? 

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There are two types of people in this world: people who sit near the window on a flight, and those who prefer the aisle. I came to this realization on a recent flight from Newcastle, England back to Dublin. I had seen Hozier, an Irish native, perform the night before at the O2 Academy and was now on a 6 a.m. flight - running on (maybe) four hours of sleep. Needless to say, my state of mind was nowhere near its usual clarity, but this revelation was too important to pass off as a fleeting thought constructed out of exhaustion. I had discovered an essential part of human character that could predict why people travel abroad.


So let’s start again. There are two types of people in this world: Windows and Aisles.

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

10 Markets to Visit When You Study Abroad in Dublin

May 26, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Markets can be some of the most lively and colorful places to visit when you're exploring a new city, where locals and tourists come together around everything from food to antiques to secondhand treasures. Here are 10 of our favorites to explore in Dublin:

1. THE DUBLIN FLEA MARKET. The Dublin Flea Market is an absolute must-see for anyone living in or visiting Dublin. It's within walking distance of Griffith College, and a personal favourite of CAPA Dublin students, staff and many locals. There are over 60 stalls so whether you’re after vintage clothes, retro furniture or want to enjoy a day out and a bite to eat, you're sure to find it here! Every month a different designer creates a poster for the Dublin Flea Marke. These posters are available to buy at the market and make a brilliant souvenir or gift to take home. This gem of a market is only open on the last Sunday of every month, between 10am – 5pm. Mark your calendar so you remember to head on down to Newmarket Square. You won’t be disappointed!

Photo from the Dublin Flea Market Facebook page

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland

CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview: Danielle Lukas

May 25, 2015 9:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Meet Danielle who studied abroad in Florence with CAPA International Education during Fall semester 2014. Below, Danielle talks about what she learned from volunteering while abroad, how it helped her create a community and the ways in which she was able to integrate into Florentine culture from chats with a local at a bakery to tasting the famous lampredotto.
CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
DANIELLE LUKAS: I’m Danielle Lukas. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy during the Fall 2014 semester. I am from New Jersey attend The College of New Jersey. I am a developmental psychology major, and plan to attend graduate school to receive my Master’s in Social Work. At school, I am a part of a children’s research lab, participate in a dance company and am involved in Greek life.
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Posted in: CAPA Alumni, Interviews, Florence, Italy

La Dolce Vita – Welcome to the sweet life

May 25, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Official_CAPA_Blogger_-_Mandy_GoodeMandy Goode is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing and operations management major at University of Colorado, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In the post below, Mandy tells us what it was like to arrive in Florence and a few travel mishaps and observations along the way!

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Arriving, exploring, eating (a lot)… these five days have already flown by. Here are my traveling mishaps and observations, as well as a brief report on the first few days of Florence.

Below are some notes from my travels:

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy

The Dublin Times

May 22, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Dee Liang alumni column profile

Dee Liang is a CAPA Florence alumna and graduate of CU Boulder in Colorado, sharing her world as a study abroad alumna in bi-weekly CAPA World posts.

In today's column, Dee takes us on a trip to the CAPA global city of Dublin! 

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Almost two weeks ago, I set foot on a plane for a journey that would be life-changing. One that meant following my dreams, and pressing pause on my hectic lifestyle I've finally gotten acquainted with since graduating. 


Folks, I'm pleased to announce that I'm on a 6-week nomadic journey across Europe, with a backpack for necessities and a journal for my sanity. Rewind to about a month ago, I had an instinct that old me something needed to be done. I think most, if not all, my posts so far has mentioned how much I missed traveling. I'd been planning a trip here and there, but the implementation aspect was uncertain. The commitment to this feels victorious!

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Life After Study Abroad


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