Eve of departure: GPP’16 Year 11

Once again, I find myself on the “eve of departure” for the Preparing the Future Professoriate: Switzerland program also known as Global Perspectives Program (GPP).   This year marks the 11th trip to Switzerland with brief side trips to Italy … Continue reading

The Eve of Departure!

Some days just need to be 48 hours long! The past days have been full of excitement on different levels. However, this specific night is when everything should come together to form a “plan”! I’ve been thinking a lot about my first days in Europe, and how would the experience would be like, especially that […]

Preliminary Thoughts about Switzerland

Among the many interesting facts that have been shared about Switzerland during our preparation sessions, three have caught my attention: The two-track education system with no given “higher-ranks” to any of both. I believe that this doesn’t only enhance the education system, but it helps the society be self-sufficient when it comes to the large number […]

On the Eve of Departure – A Global Perspectives Experience

“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go, I’m standing right outside your door, I hate to wake you up to say goodbye.”                               – John Denver Tomorrow I depart at an ungodly hour for my first ever adventure to Europe as part of the Global Perspectives Program through Virginia Tech. This whirlwind experience […]

Stopover success

We left DC at 8:30 pm and arrived in Iceland 6 hours later (6:30 am local time). We had reserved a rental car at the airport so we groggily made our way to the rental car counters. But there was no counter for Thrifty rental car. Just a bored looking teenager holding a (barely visible) sign with our name on it. Not sure what to expect, we followed this young chap to the shuttle and off we went to a…

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Expectations About Study Abroad

Being a international student studying at Virginia Tech, I am looking for the GPP trip as a great opportunity to explore one more education tradition.  Here at Virginia Tech, I am learning deep into my area of field, exploring the different aspects of college education, training myself to teach future college students. As part of … Continue reading Expectations About Study Abroad