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Cake by the ocean

By Sergio Jimenez at CIEE

Our HSA students were able to travel to Cádiz, the most Southern city in Europe. Cadiz, half island, half peninsula, is connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of... keep reading


Exploring Medieval castles, no big deal

By Sergio Jimenez at CIEE

Our high school students got the opportunity to explore two of the most important towns in the province of Seville: Alcalá de Guadaira and Utrera. Alcalá’s castle is the result... keep reading

Thanksgiving Break

By High School Away

A couple of months ago we had no idea what thanksgiving will look like at the CIEE Global Institute Monteverde due to the pandemic; but thanks to a brave group... keep reading

Socializing during COVID times

By High School Away

Socializing during Covid times has been really hard for people around the world. The lockdown as one of the measurements to reduce the spread of the virus has created a... keep reading

Orientation in Paris

By Finley A.

Come read about my alleged 3 day trip to Paris. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Bon Voyage!

By Finley A.

Hello! My name is Caroline Finley Appleton, but I insist you call me Finley. I am 15 years old, and a bit of a homebody or I was until I... keep reading


Christmas already come to Madrid

By Jorge García González at CIEE

December in Madrid smells like Christmas. The cold is already felt in the streets, the Christmas lights illuminate the city and the markets decorate the squares. The illusion of young... keep reading


Spanish-American Thanksgiving

By Patricia Witzig at CIEE

Thanksgiving can be a tough time for students abroad. It may be one of the most important holidays of the year for Americans, when extended family and friends get together... keep reading


Farewell between finals

By Patricia Witzig at CIEE

CIEE Madrid hosted a potluck farewell event last Friday to bring host families and CIEE students together to toast the end of the program. A game of CIEE Jeopardy showed... keep reading

Family in Japan

By Kiyana P.

You know that you’re with the right host family when you’re home away from home is with them. My fabulous host family, the Sakurayashiki family. Has from day one been... keep reading

A Definitive Ranking of Aussie Foods

By Phoebe S.

Hey y'all! Tuesday, March 26, marks 10 weeks since I first stepped foot in Australia. I can't believe it's been that long already...In that time, I have tasted some of... keep reading


High School Abroad in Chile - Day Trip to Santiago

By High School Semester Abroad at CIEE

At the end of February, our High School Abroad in Chile participants took a day trip to Santiago, the capital of Chile. The group visited La Moneda Palace, where the... keep reading

Top 5 Tips for Acclimating to a New Country

By Helen S.

Moving across the world to an entirely new place without knowing anybody or anything about your surroundings can seem intimidating. Being able to smoothly and easily adapt and adjust to... keep reading

5 Tips & Tricks For Being A Vegetarian Abroad

By Ela D.

Thus far, being a vegetarian in a foreign country has been tedious (I have to answer quite a few questions!) but quite easy. Here are a few tricks I have... keep reading

Christmas Giving in Brazil

By Trent R.

In the United States, we exchange gifts and donate time or financial resources to charity during the holidays. In Brazil, many Christmas traditions are different than back home, but the... keep reading