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Argentine Style and Volunteer Day

Jan 31, 2019 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

In this post, Niah gives us a lesson in fashion before giving back to the local community.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Local Culture

The Top 5 Cultural Celebrations in Argentina

Jan 25, 2019 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

When you study abroad in Buenos Aires, there's a few cultural celebrations throughout the country that are worth looking into attending! Here are five for your list: 

1. Tango Festival

Argentine Tango is famous around the world, but no place celebrates it more than its home city of Buenos Aires. Every August, Buenos Aires hosts a tango festival that brings tourists and locals out into the street. Performances, lessons, and open air parties take place day and night in the city, and professional dancers from around the world gather to take part in the revelry.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Local Culture

Must Do in Buenos Aires: Visit the Colorful Neighborhood of La Boca

Dec 22, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

In this post, Elizabeth talks about arriving at her homestay in Buenos Aires and her first explorations of the beautiful Recoleta neighborhood that she will call home for the semester. 

My first week here has introduced me to new foods, taught me new words, and taken me to some pretty extraordinary places.  I’ve eaten delicious milanesas and empanadas, seen more of the varied and stunning architecture of the city, and looked at beautiful works of art.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to walk around one of Buenos Aires’ most colorful neighborhoods-- La Boca.  With art in just about every corner, the streets of La Boca are imprinted with stories of immigrants, labor, poltical protest, tango, and much more. Although it’s impossible to sum up the area’s complex cultural, political, and economic heritage briefly, much of La Boca’s recent history--and its transformation from a center of industry to space for artists-- centers around one man: artist Benito Quinquela Martin.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Local Culture

Adulting 101: 10 Money Saving Tips from CAPA's Finance Team

Nov 1, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Adulting (otherwise known as growing-up) is hard. Having your own responsibilities and making your own money can be an adjustment when you’re used to living at home and being taken care of. But there’s nothing like getting that first paycheck and knowing that all of your hard word amounted to something. You, and only you, just got paid!

Now that you’ve got that paycheck, what should you do with it? All that talk of saving for retirement so young can seem like it’s too far away to care about, but is it? The truth is that it’s never too early to start saving or learning the smart way to spend your hard-earned cash.

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To help you out, the experts from CAPA's very own finance department have come up with some tips to keep you on track toward financial stardom. Following these steps will put you on the right path toward saving and spending money efficiently:

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Scholarships & Financing

Why The Beauty of Studying Abroad is the Unknown

Oct 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumni Interview: Colby Cannon

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Meet Colby Cannon, a Marketing major at the University of Colorado- Boulder, who studied abroad in Florence in the spring of 2017. Below, he talks about why he chose Florence as his study abroad destination, how his CAPA community abroad felt like home, and how to balance wanderlust with academics.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
COLBY CANNON: Hello! My name is Colby Cannon and I studied abroad spring semester of my junior year in Florence, Italy. I am originally from the Bay Area, California but I go to school at CU Boulder in Colorado. I am currently studying Marketing in the Business School and I’m going into my senior year this upcoming fall. Some of my hobbies include water polo, basketball (go Warriors), hanging out and playing beer die with friends, music, and movies.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews

The Difference Between the Plane Ride There and the Plane Ride Home

Oct 2, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Taisia Smith

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Meet Taisia Smith, an alumna from George mason University who majored in Legal and International Studies with a concentration in African American Studies, who studied abroad in Florence in spring 2017. Below, she talks about why it was hard for her to leave her family to study abroad, how incredible the food in Florence is, and how her experience changed her and her long-term goals.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
TAISIA SMITH: Hello! My name is Taisia Smith. I am a 22 years old and I attended George Mason University. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy during the spring semester of 2017 which so happened to be my last semester in undergrad! Yes, that’s right, I am now Mason Alum! I graduated with a BA in Legal Studies and International Studies with a concentration in African American Studies. I have many different interests and hobbies but I spend most of my free time writing, reading or netflixing. I love being outside so I find myself finding a nice spot and relaxing because life is stressful and breaks are most certainly needed.

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Posted in: Interviews, Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews

On Being a Nontraditional Study Abroad Student

Sep 25, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Joyce Leung

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Meet Joyce Leung, a Dietics major and Public Health minor from D'Youville College who studied abroad in London in spring 2016. Below, she talks about what it was like to study abroad being older than her peers, how growing up in Hong Kong and Canada affected her study abroad expereince, and why an internship was her primary goal for her study abroad experience.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
JOYCE LEUNG: I am a Dietetics major/Public Health minor student from D'Youville College and studied abroad in London, England. I am originally from Hong Kong but completed most of my education in Canada. I studied both community college and university in Canada. I worked in healthcare throughout and after my education. I moved from Toronto, Ontario to Buffalo, New York for a combined Bachelors/Masters of Science program, which allowed me to study abroad with CAPA for an internship.

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Posted in: London, England, London Interview

Interning, Volunteering, and Learning Abroad: You Can Do It All

Sep 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Rebecca Knight

Meet Rebecca Knight, a Speech Pathology and Spanish major at the University of Pittsburgh who studied abroad in Buenos Aires during spring 2017. Below, she talks about what it's like to live in a homestay, what it's like to volunteer in another country, and shares her top 3 tips for anyone heading to Buenos Aires.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
RK: My name is Rebecca! I’m a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Speech Pathology and Spanish. This Spring I studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in order to further my Spanish speaking skills. I’m very involved in the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at my university, spend time volunteering, and love to read, travel, and spend time with my friends!

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Internships Abroad

Capturing Study Abroad: Memories and More

Sep 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Maddy Choate

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Meet Maddy Choate, a sociology major at the University of Colorado who studied abroad in Florence in the spring of 2017. Below, she talks about being close to her family and ways to keep in touch, how to tackle the packing process for moving abroad, and why she would recommend study abroad to any potential student.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
MADDY CHOATE: My name is Maddy Choate and I am a senior majoring in Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. In the Spring of 2017, I studied abroad with CAPA in Florence, Italy! I was born and raised in San Jose, California and can usually be found hanging out with friends, binge watching Netflix, or behind a camera lens. I am very passionate about traveling and people in general!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews

On the Importance of Education and Giving Back

Sep 4, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumni Interview: Eduardo Pablo Ramos

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Meet Eduardo Pablo Ramos, a strategic communication and political science major at Washington State University who studied abroad in Florence in the spring of 2017. Below, he talks about choosing to study in Florence for a love of history, why he chose to volunteer abroad, and how befriending locals changed his time in Italy.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
EDUARDO PABLO RAMOS: Hello! My name is Eduardo Pablo Ramos. I am an incoming junior pursuing a double degree in strategic communication and political science at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. I was born and raised in a small North Central Washington town called Wenatchee (pronounced: weh-nah-chee). My parents and family members are all agricultural workers. Growing up, it would have been inconceivable to think that I would spend three months in Florence. My family’s resources have always been scarce, but our determination grand.

I have long been involved in politics and empowering my community. Early on, I committed myself to breaking cycles of poverty and providing equitable opportunity to all of our residents. Throughout my life, I have been blessed with people who have believed in my capabilities.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews

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