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A girl in Siena, Italy

My Study Abroad Journey in Siena


By Isabelle de Klerk, Diverse Ducks Ambassador Food, Culture, and Sustainability in Siena, spring 2024 My Study Abroad Journey in Siena Hello, fellow adventurers! My name is Isabelle de Klerk, but you can call me Izzy. I'm a 19-year-old African American woman, and my pronouns are she/her. I…
A girl eating at the restaurant

The beginning of my internship in Madrid


By Emma Egbert, Diverse Ducks Ambassador GlobalWorks Internship in Madrid, Spring 2024 Hello! It’s a pleasure to begin writing. My name is Emma Egbert. I am a junior at UO studying finance. It is a gift to be able to study abroad this Spring in 2024. I am a part of the Global Works program,…
A girl in South Korea

The Ending of my story with South Korea


By Jazmin Hernandez-Espinoza, Diverse Ducks Ambassador Korea University Exchange, fall 2023 The short and exciting roller coaster ride has officially come to an end. My time in South Korea felt like flying with a boomerang. I launched myself very far from home, I saw very beautiful skies and…
A boy in Japan

When I first arrived in Japan


By Joey Sota Matsuno, Diverse Ducks Ambassado Waseda University Exchange, fall 2023 When I first arrived in Japan I had a strong desire to strengthen my connection to my Japanese heritage. Despite many challenges, I feel as though I am striving to meet that goal more with each passing day.…
Student Lena Wehn standing next to a tall tree in the Amazon rainforest

Learning to love and cherish the great outdoors


Image   By Lena Wehn, Diverse Ducks Ambassador Universidad San Francisco de Quito Exchange, fall 2023 I have noticed that Ecuadorians love to be tourists in their own country. Foreign tourism exists but isn’t a massive…
Black and white photo of Student, Lena Wehn, against a backdrop of mountains and a lake

A Broadening Experience in Quito, Ecuador


Image   By Lena Wehn, Diverse Ducks Ambassador Universidad San Francisco de Quito Exchange, fall 2023 Bio: Lena Wehn is an undergraduate at University of Oregon, Clark Honors College in her senior year of study. She is pursuing a…
A girl in North Korea

A Chance to Experience the Korean 빨리 빨리 Life


By Jazmin Hernandez-Espinoza, Diverse Ducks Ambassador Korea University Exchange, fall 2023 What a ride, the life of an individual who lives in South Korea is very intense. As a Latina and an Americana I am astonished at the type of lifestyle you live in this country, it is so hard and…
A city girl day

Arriving in South Korea


By Jazmin Hernandez-Espinoza, Diverse Ducks Ambassador Korea University Exchange, fall 2023 Hola! Hello! Bonjour! 아녕아세요!! My name is Julia Jazmin Hernandez-Espinoza and I am Latina-Americana. A born and raised Oregonian but definitely not a natural hiker! Currently at the University of…
study abroad students making an O shape with their hands

Fulfilling a Lifelong Dream of Traveling Abroad


Image By Hope Clifton, Diverse Ducks Ambassador NGOs in SE Asia, summer 2023 Day 1: Here I am a middle aged woman going back to school obtaining concurrent masters degrees and participating in GEO study aboard program for SE Asisa…
group of study abroad students posing with peace signs

Learning and Growing in SE Asia


Image   By Hope Clifton, Diverse Ducks Ambassador NGOs in SE Asia, summer 2023 My study abroad program, NGOs of SE Asia, has exceeded any expectations I may have had for the program. When I started the study abroad program, I had…