CFANS Study Abroad Program Student Testimonies

There is nothing like hearing a testimony from a student who has already had the experience of studying abroad.

The emotions, the stories, and the growth, are just a few of the treasures that the students bring back home, once the program has ended.

Take a look by yourself and imagine what studying abroad can do for you.

Cody Venier

Cody Venier

Term: Winter 2016 - 2017

Program: Exploring Ecuador: People, Land & Water from the Amazon to the Galapagos 

Even though my study abroad program was a “short term” program, I feel that I had learned more from the experiences, culture, people, landscapes, interactions, values, and immersion than I have ever learned in a classroom. In Ecuador, I became in love with the mountains that surrounded every city and even had the opportunity to climb a volcano! I was forced to improve my Spanish speaking skills because most of the people there did not speak much English. There were so many new types of food, architecture, music, clothing, vegetation, and ways of life that I had before experienced. At times I felt over stimulated but that was a good thing. We traveled so much to see all of Ecuador and had an awesome tour guide from the Ecuadorian study abroad center CIMAS who was the drummer for a pretty famous band in Ecuador. 

Click here to read Cory's complete story in Ecuador. 

Jeffrey Tillery in Thailand

Jeffrey Tillery

Term: Winter 2016 - 2017

Program: Thailand: Tiger Conservation and Vertebrate Field Methods

Traveling to Thailand was a life-changing experience. I had never traveled out of the country before this adventure, and going here was the best decision I've ever made. The wildlife, the field experience, the people, the food, the city, and the beach were all mesmerizing. Waking up to gibbon calls in the morning, being within 100 meters of a tiger, seeing a group of dholes, and seeing two elephants forty meters away while in the dense jungle made the trip worthwhile in itself, but another great thing about the trip is the impact it has had upon me personally, academically, and professionally. Coming into the trip I hadn't done any field work, and the field studies at Bueng Boraphet and Huai Kha Khaeng gave me field experience that provided a spark in motivating me to get more involved with field surveys, assessment, and research around the Twin Cities. The mist-netting and banding portion at Bueng Boraphet also ignited a new found passion in birds. I've always enjoyed birds, but I'd always had my mind set on working with mammals. However, after having my first hands on experience with birds like kingfishers and bitterns I understand why people have such a love for birds.  

Click here to read Jeffrey's complete story in Thailand.

Annabella Lockhart in Belize

Annabella Lockhart

Term: Summer 2016 - 2017

Program: Belize: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation

Hi! My name is Annabella Lockhart and I am an incoming sophomore studying animal sciences. This May I participated in the study abroad program; Belize: Wildlife Medicine & Conservation. Overall, I had a fantastic experience studying abroad in Belize. Academically, I learned a great deal from experienced wildlife veterinarians and conservationists who were kind enough to allow students to oversee and even participate in their work. I was able to work hands-on with animals which is extremely valuable to me as I hope to become a veterinarian someday. The interactions I had with individuals who work in various areas from crocodile conservation to wildlife rehabilitation helped show me the wide variety of careers available for me to pursue.

Click here to read Annabella's complete story in Belize.