No One Left Behind: My Time in Matelot

As I sat in the Piarco Airport in the Port of Spain late Friday night, all I could think about was going home to shower and sleep. Over twenty-four house later as I sit in my apartment reminiscing on the experience I just received one-line sticks in my mind “No one left behind.” This is…

From Bolivia to Pittsburgh to Sennott

When starting this class, it felt as if our actual trip was so far away. But typing this, I am already back in the library attending classes with my trip already finished! To say that this trip was amazing is an understatement. It was challenging personally, professionally, and academically.  During this trip, I experienced many…

Save the Reef :(

Uhm, excuse me? It’s seriously Week 8 already?! Since we last talked, I visited Cairns in Queensland and went SCUBA DIVING in the GREAT BARRIER REEF. Yeah, that’s two things I can check off my bucket list right there. It was amazing, but also sad because of how much the reef has been destroyed by…

Gracias, Puerto Rico!

Wow.  What a week.  I feel as though I have so much to say, yet I have been left absolutely speechless.  Puerto Rico exceeded my expectations far and beyond of what I wanted from this Spring Break. I saw the beauty of this wonderful island, I immersed myself in and adapted to a new culture, and I certainly experienced…

“Here we work with love”

I would like to begin this blog post by thanking everyone that was involved in making this trip possible. Thank you to everyone in the Pitt Business and Pitt Business Study Abroad Office. Thank you to everyone at Amizade. Thank you to everyone at Caras. Thank you to everyone who made scholarship money available. Thank…

A week of liming… and building local capacity

  It’s hard to put into words just how amazing the past week in Trinidad was. Before we left, I had no idea what to expect. The experience I had was above and beyond my wildest dreams. When we began traveling together, our group of 8 were classmates. Now, traveling back, we are friends. Building…

Looking Back At It

Overall, experiencing the International Marketing in Ecuador program was an enormous growth opportunity for me. I was able to experience an entirely different country and language guided by caring chaperones and kind, generous natives. Personally, I had to learn how to be comfortable being uncomfortable. In Quito, it was hard to be surrounded by a…

Adios, Ecuador

My time in Ecuador has come to an end and now I am able to reflect on my time there. As always when I leave a new country, I am surprised by what challenged and changed me the most. It is rarely what I think it will be, which also held true this time. Although…

Looking Back on Paradise

It only took one week in paradise for me to grow and learn alongside an amazing group of people and an inspirational community. Through this experience I was able to confront cultural norms I did not expect to experience while in Trinidad and more specifically in Matelot. Prior to the trip I was under the…