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Chile
Climate Studies
Student Post

Running through Puerto Natales

by Cayley Delancey


I’ve never been a runner, but I’ve always believed that the best way to learn about a new place is on foot, and the fastest way to travel on foot during a small window of time is usually at a...
November 6, 2019
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Student Post

An Unexpected Lunch

by Oaklea Elfström


We were hot, sweaty, sore, tired, and hungry when we peeked through the monastery gate. Unsure whether we’d be welcome to look around the grounds, we hesitantly tiptoed in. All we wanted was a piece of grass to sit on...
October 8, 2019
		
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Chile
Climate Studies
Student Post

Untold Stories of Patagonia

by Claire Connors


Last week, we traveled down to Punta Arenas to board a ship which took us through the fjords of Tierra del Fuego. Among the glaciers, penguins, and choppy seas, we stopped at Wulaia bay for a day hike. As we...
October 7, 2019
		
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Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Student Post

In Search of Understanding

by Helen Dugmore


At 7,000 feet above sea level, the sun is intense. So intense that I can feel it slice through me with the perfect aim of a Bhutanese master archer, neatly cutting my body into nothing more than a cloud of...
July 30, 2019
Turks & Caicos Islands
Marine Resource Studies
Student Post

Being a First-Generation Latino Student in the Turks and Caicos

by Luis Abreu-Socorro


When you look at study abroad programs, do you look to stay culturally educated? Do your parents help you to apply and transition, or do you depend on yourself? My name is Luis Abreu-Socorro, I am a rising sophomore at...
July 30, 2019
Costa Rica
Sustainable Development Studies
Faculty Post

Cacao's Role in Regenerative Tourism

by Mary Little, LL.M.


Our day began by hiking to the cacao plantation through hot cattle pastures scarred by erosion. The students’ relief was palpable at being embraced by the shady agroforestry system, home to poison-dart frogs, toucans, and a wild variety of insects....
July 30, 2019
		
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Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Staff Post

Bread-Making on the Farm

by Holly Hummel


The Santos farm on San Cristobal is a beautiful, secluded place. I was first invited there this spring when arranging a class trip to learn how to make yani queques (sounds like Johnny cakes). The past few years we went...
June 29, 2019
		
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Cambodia
Conservation and Development Studies
Staff Post

Histories of the Bunong Indigenous People

by Arden Simone


    This month, SFS students are focused on Directed Research (DR) -- one of my favorite parts of the semester. I enjoy DR because it is applied, experiential, purposeful, project-based and “real world experience” learning, and it grants students...
April 24, 2019
Peru
Amazon Studies
Peru Lisbet Christoffersen
Faculty Post

The Right to Decide

by Lisbet Christoffersen, Ph.D.


The Right to Decide: Culture and Crop Diversity in the Andes In times where food production increasingly concentrates in large corporate monopolies, and the ingredients in our processed meals are based on still fewer crops, looking into the field of...
April 9, 2019
Cambodia
Conservation and Development Studies
Maya Glicksman
Student Post

Cooking Tricks from the Masters (Video and Recipes!)

by Maya Glicksman


Every meal prepared by our beloved staff members Maly and Congkea is cooked with love, laughter, spice, and vegetarian options, of course. We’ve been living at the Center for over two months now, and are constantly surprised with flavor profiles...
April 9, 2019
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Vishva Nalamalapu
Student Post

From Silence to Noise

by Vishva Nalamalapu


Our plane shudders to a halt on the runway of Paro Airport. I step out, and I am immediately enveloped by an expansive silence that engulfs the valley and everything beyond it. I continue on — off the runway, through...
April 8, 2019
		
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Peru
Amazon Studies
Katie Brown
Student Post

SFS Peru: A Reflection

by Katie Brown


As I sit down to write this blog, I reflect upon my journey abroad and all that it has meant to me. The people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, the places I’ve gone. It all adds up to an...
April 8, 2019
		
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Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Faculty Post

Harmonious Phobjikha

by Purna Chhetri, Ph.D.


I will now continue my story of fascinating Phobjikha valley, about which I said “Every season the valley is in different a mode and mood”. This time I will tell the tale of the transition period - the end of...
March 12, 2019
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Student Post

Love Resides in the Bhutanese Flowers

by Kaya Pulz


Ten years ago, I am swimming through a sea of entrepreneurs and aspiring reality TV guest stars. I’m looking up, seeing not one familiar face, and realising that they can’t see me. Their eyes are glued to the screens that...
March 12, 2019
		
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Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Faculty Post

Supporting Local Tourism

by Leon Mach, Ph.D.


It is rare for academics to get a chance to put their ideas into practice. One of the best parts about working with SFS is getting the opportunity to moderate community engagement projects that align with our academic interests. Two...
February 26, 2019
Cambodia
Conservation and Development Studies
Staff Post

Wildlife Rescue in Cambodia

by Rattanak Sovan Dyna


The gibbon 'Jumper' looks at us and then keeps travelling through the forest, relying on her long arms to jump from one tree to another. Only her missing leg reminds us of her hard past of being captured by wildlife...
February 26, 2019
		
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