Author: Rebecca Cross

Into the woods: Two alumnae receive funding for research in Ecuador’s forests

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Two alumnae of SIT’s Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation program received grants to continue research on a newly discovered tree species. The species, Magnolia vargasiana — a large, neotropical magnolia — was found in Ecuador’s Eastern Cloud Forest. The new species is the latest in a series of such discoveries by…

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Arline Saturdayborn: Ten years later, a teacher continues to learn

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When Arline Saturdayborn found SIT’s TESOL master’s degree program, she knew it represented the work she had been looking for her entire life. With an MA from Harvard, Arline had been teaching high school, but didn’t love the work. After completing a brief course in teaching English as a foreign…

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Changemakers: Joshua Davis

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SIT planted an idea that guides Josh Davis’ thinking every day. In his role as executive director of an organization serving the homeless in Brattleboro, Vermont, Davis said, “Part of my education from SIT that still rings in my ears is the question: ‘How can we listen to the voices…

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From Vermont to Rwanda and beyond: A conversation with SIT alum Jesse Routte

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Jesse Routte is a man with a plan. A lot of plans, actually. Routte is the original force behind Three Stones Consulting, a Rwanda-based nonprofit that works to position NGOS for success in a country that itself represents a compelling success story.

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Activism on film

It started as a joking suggestion. Why not, said Hayley Stuart, Courtney Blackmer-Reynolds, and Shaya Christensen, make an all-women documentary? The three were students with SIT Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change in fall 2014, studying documentary filmmaking.

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CONTACT 2018: What Students Had to Say

When I first read about the CONTACT program, I said, this is something I need to add to the work that I do. CONTACT was the answer that I was looking for. Usually, I just want justice. I have realized that justice is also part of healing, that truth and…

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A book that speaks to the heart

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A book that speaks to the heart By Alvino E. Fantini A Lone Star in the Green Mountains by Kathryn Bonnez The Experiment Press Here’s a book you’ll want to read. It’s beautifully written, fun to read, and speaks to the heart. It’s also a cross-cultural adventure that most SIT…

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SIT alumnae returning to Bolivia as Fulbrights

June 29, 2018 SIT Bolivia is proud to welcome alumni Theresa Edwards (2016) and Jackie Gilbert (2014) back to Bolivia as Fulbright Scholarship recipients this year Jackie will be focusing her research on indigenous activism related to water rights. She will primarily be working with Oscar Olivera and the Fundación…

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A shock to the system

Why culture shock can be a good thing By Joseph Lee Jordan: Engineering and Design for Sustainable Environments Thus far, my study abroad in Amman, Jordan, has been fantastic and very intense simultaneously. The intensity stems from the culture shock I experienced upon entry into the country. Let me preface…

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24 summer reading recommendations from around the world

Looking for some reading inspiration this summer? We asked our academic directors to share their favorite books from or about their countries. Here are their recommendations. Africa, South of the Sahara Barry Ferguson, Academic Director in Madagascar Madagascar (2018) by Stephen Holgate Ferguson says: Madagascar, just recently published, is by…

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