Posted: October 20, 2017

Dear Prospective Student,

We haven’t met, but if you’re like any other SFS student I have met, you crave adventure, love the environment, and have a passion for learning and igniting change in the world. Maybe you’re just starting your study abroad search or maybe you’ve already committed to SFS. Regardless, we are nearly two months into the fall semester and there are a few pieces of advice I want to share with you.

#1: If you want a free mudbath, leave your gumboots with good tread at home.
 

Dan Oliveira after falling in the mud and providing us with lifelong laughter material

 
#2: Bring your best binoculars for our wildlife walks. It’s a fashion statement.
 

Sidney Williams, looking good. Photo courtesy of Anna Chahuneau

 
#3: Pack a hat.
 

Dan Oliveira with Georgie, a red-billed blue magpie, at a community-based ecotourism project. Photo courtesy of Peter Wedell

 
#4: Carry a stick to defend your coconut from the macaques at Angkor Wat.
 

Anna Chahuneau defending her coconut

 
#5: Practice your best Tarzan impression.
 

Camille Morales showing up Tarzan. Photo courtesy of Peter Wedell

 
#6: Nap, because your days are packed with inspiring classes and engaging field trips, on the back of a wagon-like “mechanical cow” as it traverses the rough terrain of a wildlife sanctuary.
 

Anna Chahuneau napping en route to a community-based ecotourism project, where we stayed for three days

 
#7: Learn more than you ever thought you would in the best classroom in the world (ie. nature).
 

Students making field observations at an elephant conservation project. Photo courtesy of Peter Wedell

 
#8: Meet friends that make you laugh harder and longer than you’ve ever laughed in your life.
 

Students and professors pretending to be water birds in a floating village on the Tonle Sap lake. Photo courtesy of Anna Chahuneau

 
→ Conservation and Development Studies in Cambodia