What it is Like to Be a “Minority” Abroad

I recently took a course on prejudice, micro-aggressions, and white privilege. It truly changed the way I look at the world on a daily basis. When I see people unaware of their privilege it shocks me. Privilege – as my professor taught me – is like an invisible backpack, which has tools or passes to […]

Photo Essay: Winter Break in Morocco (Part Two)

“I was on a quest, but I did not know exactly for what I was searching.  Europe is a beautiful and immense land, but the ancient, impressive monuments and stone buildings can seem unwelcoming in the dead cold of winter.  Looking at my options for the winter break, I began to understand what I was […]

One White Face – Thoughts on Race

Colorblind – A glimpse into race in the U.S. and abroad is an API blog series that looks at racial issues and concerns faced by API students, colleagues, and staff abroad. This post is by Hilary Corna, motivational speaker and author of the critically acclaimed book One White Face. “I hope you realize you’re the […]

Sometimes, it’s good to argue.

Whether you’ve just started a gap semester abroad, or you’re planning on participating in a summer program, one of the things you can expect during your time overseas is adopting certain characteristics of your host culture.   With Aspire by API’s immersion programs, this happens almost automatically—mainly because you’ll be around so many locals, and in […]

At Home… So Far Away From Home

Colorblind – A glimpse into race in the U.S. and abroad is a new API blog series that looks at racial issues and concerns faced by API students and staff abroad. This first post is by API Granada alumna Sarah Webb. Have you ever felt comfortable in your own skin? For most people this question […]