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Exploratory Travel

Traveling  can help you prepare for life by applying your learning to real world contexts, navigating unfamiliar environments, developing intercultural skills,  and boosting your career prospects! Whether you're traveling abroad or domestically for your Field Experience Grant, we want to make sure that you  understand the impact your project might have on those around you.

Below are four articles that have been recommended to us through the Office of International Education. We highly recommend reading through these whether you're planning your Field Experience or just curious about perspectives on international travel and service.

International Travel

Past FEG participants have embarked on amazing journeys.  They have attended art festivals, explored family genealogy, honed their photography and writing skills and much more.

Noah Sisson '20- Blooms Day Festival, Ireland

"The real bonus of my trip was being in another country and experiencing everything through a different lens. There was no New York Times newspapers or American news channels meaning that all the stuff going on back home was essentially cut off from me. Of course there are online news feeds and ways to know what's going on in America but I actually enjoyed the break and immersing myself in the local events. After a few days I was following Irish news stories like I would in the US and got so much out of it. Liberal Arts in practice is about applying what you learned from Beloit in the world. One thing Beloit has taught is how look at situations from different angles and perspectives in order to make sense of things. So I tried to immerse myself in Ireland and see the world the way the people of Ireland saw it. To peer at the political and social dynamics from there perspective opened my mind to all sorts of different possibilities."

Katherine Jossi '20, Amsterdam- observations on urban bike mobility

"I remember I was standing at a train stop in Amsterdam in somewhat of a strange part of town. As I waited for the train to arrive a woman approached me and asked if I could help her navigate the train system. I realized after 6 days of being there I was capable of showing someone the system and explaining how it worked. I think it's always a honor too when you are mistaken for a local I think it speaks to the way you carry yourself abroad. I want to say my trip was compiled of a lot of small moments that led to realizations about myself and what I want to do with my life."

Brian Dahlberg, 18 Student- led research team, Boundary Waters, MN

"Another moment was when we were coordinating some final tweaks to our methodologies before we entered the backcountry, and as we were doing so I looked around the room and was impressed with what everyone brought to the table in terms of knowledge.I realized what effective communicators these Beloit scientists were!  Early in the backcountry trip we had to make a “portage,” or a hike from one lake/river to the next. There were two other groups also portaging, one of which was a father and his ~10 year old daughter. The daughter was inquisitive and asked who we were, and at the other end of the portage we overheard an exchange between her and her father. She whispered something to him and he replied, pointing, “Who, them?” To this she exclaimed “Not them; they’re the scientists!” It was a very validating moment and a great morale boost, as each of us were younger and looking on at the impressive college kids not so many years ago."

Faith Macdonald, '19, Family Geneaology- UK

"On my second day in Ireland, I went on a tour of Newgrange, a passage tomb near the river Bonne. We had discussed the tomb in my archaeology class, as an example of monumental architecture in stone age Europe. The outside of the tomb is incredible, sitting high on a hill overlooking the countryside, part of a network of mounds and burial sites. But the experience that really effected me was being able to walk inside, as no photography of the inside is allowed, and I had never seen the inside before. The reason the tomb is so well known and considered a feat of engineering, is that on the winter solstice, sunlight comes through a light box over the door and illuminates on the floor of the chamber. They recreated this effect for us, and it reminded me why I study anthropology. That is truly beautiful and fascinating to me, and will stay with me for a long time to come."