Gracias por todo, Ecuador

“Build community wherever you go” To say that our time in Ecuador was transformative is an understatement.  On Tuesday, we returned from our week-long service learning trip to a Kichwa village deep in the Amazon rainforest.  Our group included 15 incredible delegates from UA: 13 students and 2 chaperones.  Throughout our week, we completed work…

Ecuador – you’ve already stolen our hearts

A few hours ago, we arrived in Quito, Ecuador to begin our Summer Service Learning. We’re already smitten with the warm Ecuadorian hospitality, the yummy food and the beautiful surroundings. We look forward to beginning our service work tomorrow. We will be off of the grid so stay tuned for a comprehensive blog update next…

Bavarian Adventures

BLOG POST by LINDSAY SINGEWALD ’18 On our final full day in Germany, we ventured outside of Munich into the Bavarian countryside. As we rode along the highway, we moved away from the cityscape and into the winding roads between the snow-covered peaks of the Alps. We arrived at our first destination, which was a…

Dachau: Never Again

BLOG POST by KATIE JONES ’20 This afternoon, we rode outside of Munich city center to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial. Prior to our arrival, seniors Teddy Elliman, Alexis Poore, and Lindsay Singewald led a discussion on civic responsibility as it related to the Holocaust and present day events. Mrs. Neill left us with a…

Munich: Recent History

BLOG POST by LAUREN ROSICA ’20 This morning, we visited Olympiapark, BWM World, & the BMW Museum- it was a day for learning about some of the things in Munich’s recent past. We started our day at Olympiapark. It was fascinating being able to visit a place where the Olympics were once held in 1972…

Monday in München

BLOG POST BY CLARE SHIPLE ’19 Today was our first full day in the beautiful city of Munich. Our early morning consisted of a bike tour with our guide Lorena, who stopped to show us many interesting sites including the Bavarian Parliament, ice river surfing, Bier Garden, Englischer Garten, and University of Munich where the…

Auf Wiedersehen & Hallo

This morning, we bid a sad farewell to our host families after a wonderful week in their homes. For many of our girls, this marks the end of a yearlong exchange that began in August when students were first matched with their hosts in preparation for their visit to the U.S. last October. We know…

Saturday with our Sisters

BLOG POST by ABBY RZUCIDLO ’19 On our last day with our host sisters, we were able to experience German culture with our host families in many different ways. Many students had a day full of riding roller coasters at Phantasialand amusement park, even if they were for toddlers!! Freshman Lainey Wriggins had the opportunity…

Little Village: Big Views

BLOG POST by Jessie Falasco ’19 The gated in village of Bad Münstereifel was easily one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. With history dating back to the Stone Age, you could feel and see the culture everywhere.  Our host teacher, Mrs. Temming, grew up in this beautiful town and she was…