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About Student Treks Blog

The Student Treks is a blog of study-abroad students adventures in Spanish speaking countries to encourage high school and middle school students to learn Spanish and motivate them to go abroad to experience life in another country. about-blog

Off to Chile

January 28, 2014 by Casey Cabbage

Hi, my name is Casey… I’m a student at the University of Tennessee and I just arrived in Chile a week ago. I am living with a family and taking classes here, as an Int’l Business major, and plan to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way for the next five months! more


Welcome to the Student Treks Blog

May 24, 2013 by aaron

Hello everyone and welcome to the Student Treks blog—the place where you can learn more about all of the countries in the world that speak Spanish. The blog is one of our favorite features because it introduces the culture of Spanish-speaking countries from the perspective of our college...

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Lima, the City that Never Ceases to Impress…

May 12, 2013 by Svetlana Finichel

The unemployment rate might be pretty high in the city of Lima, but that doesn’t affect the cats that work at the Kennedy Park in Lima, also often referred to as the “cats park.” One of the highlights of the upscale district of Miraflores, the beautiful park was initially built on the...

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Lake Titicaca: Where Time Stands Still

May 12, 2013 by Svetlana Finichel

Peru just never seizes to impress me. With every new place I visit I get more and more convinced in how diverse and beautiful this country is. The last weekend I spent in the magnificent and full of mystery Lake Titicaca region. The lake itself is the highest navigable lake in the world and...

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Studying/Living Abroad is a Great Experience

May 6, 2013 by aaron

When asked what they learn from their study-aboard experience, our Language Treks bloggers always say that they learned as much about themselves and their culture as they do about the country they visited. It’s interesting to be with people who don’t see the world the same way you do and...

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When home stays thousands miles behind…

April 5, 2013 by Svetlana Finichel

Yes we are different!
Yes we are different!

You can talk about cultural differences; you can read up on the symptoms and consequences of culture shock; you can be emotionally prepared or not, - there is no way to avoid being influenced by the startling disparities between the way of life you are unaccustomed to...

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Latin American and Castilian Spanish

April 1, 2013 by aaron

I’m often asked what language do we teach—Spanish from Latin America or Spanish from Spain… called Castilian. For those of you that aren’t sure what the differences are—you can think of the difference between English as it is spoken in England vs. the United States—the accent is different...

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