The Highs and Lows of Moving Abroad

At the Volunteers Colombia orientation in Bogotá, we were given a lesson on culture shock and how most people supposedly react to living in a new culture. It included a snazzy graph that looked something like this: While that may describe many people’s experiences long-term, having been in Colombia for six weeks now, my graph, […]

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Hola, Medellín!

Everyone in our group knew that we would be leaving for our respective cities on Thursday, but we did not find out until Wednesday night at 8:00 pm that most of us would have to get on the bus to the airport a short eight hours later at 4:00 am. And we hadn’t even started our goodbye […]

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The Pre-Departure Panic

It started about a week before I was due to board my flight to Colombia. I’d get in bed and try to sleep, but find myself lying awake, my thoughts racing and heart pounding. All day long I’d feel anxious, fears and worries playing in my head like a radio station I couldn’t turn off. Concerns […]

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