Blog Your Exchange Travels with a Disability Perspective
Share about the world through your experiences as a person with a disability studying, volunteering or working overseas. Learn how to create a blog and browse some other travelers' blogs below.
Why Blog about your international experience?
- Stay in touch with family and friends.
- Create a multi-media journal of your experience that you can treasure for years to come.
- Encourage others to consider participating in an international exchange experience.
- Expand your own learning about the people, culture, language, history, and geography of the places you visit.
- Use your blog to get credit for an international experience through your college or university when you arrange it as an assignment through a professor/teacher.
- Contribute to the blogosphere like your non-disabled peers while sharing your unique perspective.
Tips for Starting a Blog
If you decide to keep a blog when you go abroad, fill out this online form. We may feature your blog on the MIUSA website!
Read the Blogs below by clicking on the links
- Chronic Adventures at Sea
- For Semester at Sea students like Emily Block, time is measured in countries visited. Emily, who has a chronic health disability, hopes her blog will encourage others to travel the world.
- Rachel in Tanzania: "Some Experiences are Universal"
- Where others saw impossibility, Rachel Garaghty saw (and accepted) a challenge to conduct independent research in Tanzania. Rachel has a form of muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair.
- Beyond the Finish Line with Anjali Forber-Pratt
- Paralympic athlete Anjali Forber-Pratt took time out of her busy training schedule to talk to MIUSA about how athletics can be an avenue for international exchange, leadership, and citizen diplomacy.
- Listening with Compassion in the Philippines
- Nehama Rogozen blogs from her station in the Philippines, where she contributes to community development as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Nehama is deaf and uses cochlear implants.
- There's Always a Way in Brazil
- Guida Leicester, a graduate student with a physical disability, uses her blog to track the progress of her school work in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- Bring Me That Horizon
- Destiny Yarbro, a Hard of Hearing student, blogs from 11 countries over the course of the semester.
- La Hora Antonia
- For Antonia DeMichiel, a student who has cerebral palsy and uses crutches, catching her next dream meant catching the next flight to Argentina.
- Able to Serve: The Modern Faces of HIV
- For its inaugural overseas volunteer project, Volunteer Positive assembled a team of people living with HIV to serve as international volunteers in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
- Finding a New Normal in Peru
- Volunteering at a health clinic in Lima, Peru offered Tracy Cherba an opportunity to share her strategies for managing diabetes with the community.
- Capturing the Everyday Beauty of New Zealand
- Mathew Cowlin is a student at Kenyon College in Ohio who traveled across the world to study in Christchurch, New Zealand for six months. Mathew, who has cerebral palsy, found the site seamlessly accessible.
- Expanding the Meaning of Home
- Annie Keenon traveled to Accra, Ghana with 14 fellow University of Oregon Journalism students to fulfill internships with various media outlets and non-profit organizations. Annie, who is hard of hearing, visited several disability rights organizations and uses her blog to share her added knowledge on the state of disability rights within Ghana.
- Pursuing a New Overseas Adventure in England
- In England, MIUSA exchange alumnus Mickey Kay landed an internship with Motivation, an international disability and development organization. Mick has a mobility disability and uses a wheelchair to explore the sites of Bristol.
- Effecting Change Through Film
- Through documentary film, Mitch St. Pierre aims to raise public awareness of conflicts around the world. The Canada native, who has osteogenesis imperfecta and uses a wheelchair, has traveled to over forty countries.
- Researching Advanced Reactors: A Fulbright Experience in Switzerland
- Via YouTube, Kristina Yancey discusses her Fulbright research in nuclear reactor technology, navigating Switzerland using a power wheelchair, and learning German with international students.
- Featured Person: Sarah Leslie
- Meet Sarah, who describes how civil unrest in Egypt impacted her studies while in the Middle East. Sarah is hard of hearing and used assistive devices to access classes in Arabic and Islamic Studies.
- Featured Person: Ming Canaday
- Ming Canaday, a Chinese-American university student, has traveled to China multiple times to study abroad, learn Mandarin on a Boren scholarship, and intern with a disability organization!
- No Means 'Try Harder': Blogging from Verona, Italy
- Read about Anne Reuss' Italian and LIS language studies "from the other side of the world, through Deaf eyes."
- From Oxford to Istanbul: Studying and Traveling with a Disability
- An American student from Atlanta, Georgia, Chelsey Kendig backpacked through Europe after studying at Oxford in the United Kingdom. She blogs about her many passions and about her experiences traveling with Dermatosparaxis.
- My Adventures on the Paris Metro to see the Eiffel Tower
- Emma Verrill, who has a spinal cord injury, studied abroad in Rennes, France. Upon arriving in Paris, she embarked on an odyssey with friends to see the Eiffel Tower for the second time.
- U.S. DeafBlind Student on her Overseas Experiences
- Haben, a law student, writes eloquently about her first volunteer experience abroad during her sophomore year of high school when she traveled to Mali, West Africa, to help build a school.