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Support: My school's study abroad office is TERRIBLE so I was given a lot of hurdles to jump through on my University's end, however the help I recieved from the support staff at GLS was WONDERFUL.
Program: This was by far the best 4 months of my life. If you step out of your bubble and get to know non-american students you will leave Cyprus with lifelong friends from around the world. I WOULD DO THIS PROGRAM AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT. A year later, I regularly talk to friends from Libya, Cyprus, Austria, Australia, and England. The courses transferred directly into my major.
I ended up researching SO many study abroad programs and couldn't find one that even came close to the opportunities GLS offered.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Cyprus
Posted: Oct 6, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Learning Semesters

I recommend this program, but with some reservations. I chose it because it was the only program I could find that visited both Greece and Italy (two places I really wanted to go), and because the prospect of spending most of my time in Cyprus, which I knew very little about, was exciting. For the relatively small amount of money you pay for this program, it really is a great value. We traveled as a group to Rome, Athens, Ephesus, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini, and Patmos. Our apartments in Cyprus and our hotels abroad were very nice, and group travel was pretty well organized. My main caveats concern the classes and communication. I was hoping for a bit more of an academic challenge than I received, and I felt like most of the time my professors didn't really want to be teaching these classes. My program was Early Christianity, and the website made it look like the whole summer would be organized around that theme. However, apart from my Religious Thought class, the program was not at all centered around Early Christianity. Instead, you are grouped together with all of the other Summer in the Mediterranean programs, and this makes it quite difficult to focus on your area of study. The advisors for the program are great, but whenever they took us on excursions throughout Cyprus, they pretty much dropped us off, told us to do whatever we wanted and to call if there was an emergency. If you are fine with planning your own time, this is all well and good. I was expecting a detailed itinerary for each city based on my Early Christianity program. All this being said, I am happy that I did the program. It needs improvement, but I loved my roommates and advisors, and I gained so much experience about how to be on my own when abroad.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Turkey
Posted: Oct 6, 2008
Overall:
6
Support:
5
Value:
9

Global Learning Semesters

The classes, especially the "studio" art classes, are a freaking joke. I chose the summer in the med. art and photography program, and regret ever paying them tuition. photo supplies are insanely expensive.. i would not recommend this program to people who actually want to learn stuff from their classes. there are many experiences to enjoy and other things to learn, but the acidemics in this program suuuck.
the weekend trips are deffinately the best part (if you're a beach person.. or just like to drink), but be prepared to be horded around like sheep. shoving 90+ people around 3+ different countries takes up a lot of time.
if you just want to travel... hop on a group tour. its basically the same thing, but maybe cheaper.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Cyprus, Greece, Italy
Posted: Oct 6, 2008
Overall:
6
Support:
5
Value:
8

Global Crossroad

I have recently returned from my trip to Tanzania. It was life changing and wonderful. I am really amazed to see the community work carried out by the global crossroad. I worked for 4 weeks in Olof Palme Orphanage. Global Crossroad had partnered with this orphanage since last 4 years. In the last 4 years, orphanage had received nearly $20,000 donation to contruct buildings and schools. Before joining the global crossroad program, I have talked with many volunteers who had joined their program. And I also found them very happy with the program. so, I thank global crossroad for arraning such a excellent program for me.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 5, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Thank you for this. I am seriously looking into going to Dar, Tanzania with Global Crossroad and it's tough to decide with such contradictory feedback on this site. Perhaps I will email Olof Palme directly to get some information but I'm glad to hear that you had a good experience.

Global Crossroad

My experience in Peru is truly one of the most memorable moments of my life. I stayed in Cuzco for about ten days from May 3 till 12, one day in Lima, and then flew back to Toronto, Canada. From start to end, Jenny and Martha, the national and local representatives, were very helpful and supportive, and facilitated our stay in Peru. We always talked with Jenny. My friend, Maryanne, and I had the fortune of meeting another volunteer (David Curtis) who works at an orphanage, whom we became good friends with during this trip.
The host family was extremely friendly and welcoming. Despite not speaking the Spanish language at all initially, I felt very comfortable interacting with them through other means (ex. sign language, drawing, dictionaries...). They served us many delicious local foods, such as the guinea pig, ceviche, maize, papaya juice..etc. They showed us around the city and took us to markets, small shops, cathedrals and other touristy places (ex. Plaza des Armas). On weekends, they even planned full-day trips for us to see Machu Picchu, other Inca ruins, and museums. We even got to go horse-back riding on mountains!!! The Peruvian scenary was stunning and the experience was exhilirating.
At home, we played soccer, drew pictures, watched TV and chatted with the host family. The house is nice and spacious, and the washroom is very clean. The only minor concern is that there isn't hot water to shower in, but it's easy to get used to. Our bedroom has two beds with lots of blankets (the night can get really chilly), and our privacy was always respected.
Our workplace was a geriatric center in a small, rural area that is 20 min away from home by bus. We usually worked from 9am-5pm, but time flies by when you're having a good time! The staff there (doctors, nurses, psychologists..etc) were as curious about our culture as we were to theirs! I learned how to apply hot packs and massage patients who had sore backs and necks, how to use various medical equipment, and learned some common Spanish medical vocabularies.
Many thanks to Global Crossroad and Jenny for organizing everything, Martha for matching us with our wonderful host family and workplace, the staff at the geriatric center for teaching us local medical practices, and of course, the host family (Beto, Hilda, Favio and Nicole) for sharing their wonderful culture with us. All of this was very fulfilling and worthwhile. I am thankful for Global Crossroad for providing us this opportunity. I will forever remember my time in Peru.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Oct 5, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Hi, I'm planning to use GC to go to Peru this summer and I was hoping to directly talk to some of the people who have already done so. If you could email me at dswanner@wharton.upenn.edu I'd really appreciate it.

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