We’re very excited to welcome on board this semester’s bloggers and vlogger who will be sharing their study abroad journeys with us through weekly posts here on CAPA World! Each of them will receive a grant of $600 accompanied by a $300 explorer fund while they are in country to help them generate content. From pre-departure over the next few weeks through December’s homecoming, we will watch these five storytellers learn about their host countries, explore and discover the real city beyond the stereotypes and expectations, interact with locals, take classes and complete internships and then come back and reflect on all of these experiences.
So who are they and where are they going? Introducing…
ANITA CHOMENKO, VLOGGER, LONDON. Anita is a Digital Media major at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and will be vlogging her way through Fall semester abroad in London. While she’s there, she’ll be taking media courses and completing an internship. She’s also looking forward to trying some strange new foods, working on her photography skills, traveling around other parts of Europe and finding beauty in the world around her. Anita will be giving us some local restaurant recommendations with a range of prices and cuisine, talking about the cultural differences she encounters and sharing some tips on traveling further afield from her host city.
Look for Anita’s posts on CAPA World every Thursday and read more about her on her Official CAPA Vlogger page where the archives will be compiled.
SAMANTHA GAUVAIN, BLOGGER, DUBLIN. Samantha is a Journalism major at Arizona State University in Phoenix and will be blogging her way through Fall semester abroad in Dublin. With a passion for literature, she’ll keep an eye open for rare books and visiting literary museums. She looks forward to sharing knowledge learned through her Gaelic class and excursions like a trip to Belfast to learn about “The Troubles”. She’ll also be sharing her experiences of traditional Irish folk music and visiting The Brazen Head – the city’s oldest pub – which hosts nightly storytelling and traditional Irish tales. A veggie lover, Samantha is challenging herself to find Dublin’s best.
Look for Samantha’s posts on CAPA World every Friday and read more about her on her Official CAPA Blogger page where the archives will be compiled.
CELESTE GUHL, BLOGGER, SYDNEY. Celeste is a double History and Comparative Literature major at University of Massachusetts Amherst and will be blogging her way through Fall semester abroad in Sydney. A seasoned traveler, Celeste has already visited nine countries and this is her second study abroad program with CAPA (the first was in London). Ballroom dancing, Magic the Gathering, and performance arts are on Celeste’s agenda for Sydney as well as traveling around the country with a side trip to New Zealand. She’ll be exploring alternative Sydney, the city on a budget, theatre, street art and learning how to interact more with local communities.
Look for Celeste’s posts on CAPA World every Wednesday and read more about her on her Official CAPA Blogger page where the archives will be compiled.
EMILY KYLE, BLOGGER, FLORENCE. Emily is a double English and Psychology major at UCLA in California and will be blogging her way through Fall semester abroad in Florence. She hopes to be sharing with us “entertaining and meaningful anecdotes of culinary genius, cultural novelty and linguistic acquisition”. Beyond food, the arts and language, we’ll hear about Emily’s host family, her journey to meet long lost relatives and understand her Italian heritage and what it’s like to celebrate a few holidays (her birthday, Halloween and Thanksgiving) abroad. Knowledge gained inside the classroom will help guide Emily’s stories of adventure in the greater city and beyond.
Look for Emily’s posts on CAPA World every Tuesday and read more about her on her Official CAPA Blogger page where the archives will be compiled.
EMILY MCGEARY, BLOGGER, LONDON. Emily is an English major at Arizona State University in Phoenix and will be blogging her way through Fall semester abroad in London. She’s a huge ‘Hunger Games’ fan and hopes to attend a film premiere while she’s abroad. With a bucket list filled with literary locations, we’ll surely see her visiting places like 221B Baker Street and the Charles Dickens Museum. She’s hoping to head to the Jane Austen Festival in Bath too. On a non-literary note, Emily is on a mission to find London’s coolest non-traditional afternoon tea and is looking forward to telling us how she handles adjusting from her dessert home to a city known for its rain.
Look for Emily’s posts on CAPA World every Monday and read more about her on her Official CAPA Blogger page where the archives will be compiled.
Congratulations to all of you! We look forward to following your journeys and adventures throughout the rest of 2014!
To find out how to become an Official CAPA Blogger or Vlogger for Spring 2014, visit the scholarships page on capa.org.