Last days in Japan-going back home

What I regret the most is probably how short this program was. It was only two weeks and I just got used to the routines and now I have to leave. On the last week, we went hiking with my host mom, her friend and another exchange student Maia and it was beautiful. The view... Continue Reading →


Anastasiia Zavialova: Falling in Love with Japan

It has been a week since I live in Japan and study at Saijo college. My host family which consists of mom and dad are amazing. They are so sweet and friendly and it really feels like that we are family. When I had bad insects bites on hands and face, my host mom took... Continue Reading →

Anastasiia Zavialova: Getting Ready-To the Land of the Rising Sun

Making a decision to study abroad is a serious step. For me, it was something I considered to be impossible due to circumstances. It still is. I don't know how it all happened, but the next thing I remembered is I received a letter that I got accepted and that's when I had tears of... Continue Reading →

Katie Shieff: End of Trip & Back to Seattle!

Hello! It has been a long time since I've had the chance to write a blog post, but I made it back to Seattle yesterday! I had such an amazing experience and want to go back to New Zealand soon! For my break week, I was able to do so many fun things!  I went... Continue Reading →

Katie Shieff: Bay of Islands

Last weekend, I went on a 3 day adventure to the top of New Zealand. I had so much fun, and went to many different places. On Friday, I hopped into a van with my biology teacher and 10 other students who were going on the trip. Our first stop was a beach town, where... Continue Reading →

Katie Shieff: Exploring Auckland & Tattoos

I've officially been in New Zealand for one week! I live with two other roommates in an apartment, and everything is going great. I've been able to figure out Auckland public transportation, which is pretty similar to Melbourne public transportation. I really enjoy taking the trains to places around the city. So far, I've seen... Continue Reading →

Katie Shieff: Break Week & Arrival in New Zealand!

I'm back from my amazing break week in Sydney and Cairns! I had the best time and was able to explore so many places. Last Tuesday, I flew up to Sydney with a group of classmates from the program. We arrived in Sydney around 10AM, and then checked into our hostel. My friend and I... Continue Reading →

Katie Shieff: Australia Day and Delicious Food!

Yesterday was Australia Day! When I first found out I would be here for Australia Day, I was super excited. In my intercultural communications class we learned about the history of Australia and why Australia Day is actually very controversial. On January 26th, 1788, Europeans arrived on the coast of Australia and "claimed" the land.... Continue Reading →

Katie Shieff: Field Trips & Pub Crawls

I can't believe I only have one more week of school before I leave for Sydney and Cairns! I am so excited to travel up the coast and see the Great Barrier Reef! This week, we went on two excursions for biology and history. For biology, we went to Cape Shanck and explored rock pools.... Continue Reading →

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