Heading off for over three months in another country is easy for some students. Others might like to consider SST but have circumstances that make it difficult. Commuter students may find the extra room and board fees beyond their budget. Athletes may not be able to take time away from the demands of the sports they play. A student with a disability may wonder if accommodations are available for her. Other students may worry that they will face racism or homophobia in an unfamiliar culture.
The resources on this page address situations that prevent students from choosing SST. If the barrier you face is not represented here, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to talk. No one should have to pass up a rare opportunity to see the world from a different angle.
I just want a career and a degree. Why should this matter to me?
- Global Citizenship Competencies from Participate Learning
- What does it mean to be a citizen of the world? A TED Talk on the need for global thinking.
- First Generation Students Traveling Abroad: The Alumni Stories link on this page offers stories such as this one by Kalaal Thomas, who describes how travel in China relates to his career goals.
- According to this article in Business Insider, people who spend time abroad have a clear sense of self and increased life satisfaction.
- This slideshow by Elaine Meyer Lee includes helpful statistics on employment and travel abroad.
- You could make a positive difference in someone else’s life. In Ripples in a Pond, Susan Yoder Graber tells how a difficult SST experience looks surprisingly different with 50 years of hindsight.
I need to hear the honest opinions of other students.
- SST Stories contains many reflections from GC alums who went on SST. Choose stories by country or the year they occurred.
- Delphin Monga, Tanzania 2020 – Delphin chose to spend SST in the region where he spent his childhood as a refugee.
- Eric Miller, “The Refuge” Film, Ecuador Spring 2020 – Eric created this film about Ecuador while on SST. He also describes what the COVID-19 evacuation was like.
- See the blurb about Emma Eitzen’s project under racism below.
I can’t afford SST.
- See our scholarship page. In the past year, Goshen College students have been awarded Boren, Gilman and Rotary Scholarships.
- More study abroad scholarships.
- Consider our U.S.-based unit, Dreams and Journeys: Immigrants and Refugees. “Worldwide travel” with no jet lag, no extra fees.
I struggle with anxiety, depression or another mental health challenge.
- Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales: Mental Health and Self-Care
- Traveling Abroad with Mental Illness This is a frank account from a student who had painful struggles with depression while traveling, but did not regret going abroad. The author provides advice for responding to a group member with a mental illness.
I am concerned about encountering racism in another culture.
- Emma Eitzen, a GC student who went to Tanzania in 2020 completed a project on identity issues on SST for students of color while there.
- The Diversity Abroad website is written for faculty, not students, but it also includes many articles by a wide range of students.
- Anti-Racism Resources for White people CIEE
I am uncertain about going abroad as an LGBTQ+ student.
Parts of these pages are very general or specific to UC Santa Cruz. Scroll down to the sections called Student Perspectives to read stories from LGBTQ+ travelers.
I’m not sure international travel can work for me because of a disability.