Why We Do It Wednesday- Allison Duchesne

API employees work tirelessly in the U.S. and abroad to serve our participants and ensure they have the best international experience possible. At API, we all share stories of personal transformation by international experience- we remember our first days abroad, our first meals, and our first international flights. We have these stories of transformation in […]

From an Engineering Student Who Went Abroad

Some people say you go abroad to find new places that amaze you and pick up new talents and, generally speaking, figure out what you’re really meant to do in life. I fully agree with this statement, however, I think it deserves to be clarified a little. Sure, new places and faces, maybe a new […]

Re-Entry–It’s Never Easy

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Well, I have been back in […]

Little Italy + NYC = Buenos Aires? Who Knew?!

I’m human, therefore I make assumptions. I assumed I knew what I was getting myself into when I decided to spend 6 months in Argentina. I assumed I knew enough Spanish to ask basic questions and make polite chit-chat. I assumed I’d be eating some version of rice and beans and tortillas quite a lot. […]

Studying Abroad is Like Geocaching

Expect the unexpected. Start journeys. Take risks. Not too long ago, I had my first experience with the modern-day version of treasure hunting known as “Geocaching”. Simply put, geocaching is the act of hiding an object – known as a “cache” – and providing the coordinates of the cache to allow others to find it. […]

London: Where Dreams are Achievable

British accents. Tea at all times. Pubs galore. Beautiful men and women rushing to and fro from buses and the tube. Parks hidden in every corner. Museums standing tall in seemingly every zone. Inspiration in the air (or maybe that’s the undeniable bliss of the fish and chips stand down the road…). London. The city […]


My first day of my senior year of college coincidentally falls exactly two months after I returned from London. Since I’ve been home, the first question people usually have asked me is, “So how was London?!” I have a strong feeling that once school starts, I’m going to be getting that question even more. Whenever […]

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