Why We Do it Wednesday- Hannah Grahek

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 […]

Volunteering Abroad

After I spent a few weeks in Florence, I felt this intangible need to give back in some capacity. Throughout my experience leading up to that moment, I felt that I was lucky to be living a dream. When I went to visit the API office I had a very specific idea in mind: I […]

The Tuscan Life and the Final Stretch

Ooh, boy – are classes heating up! It’s hard to believe that we have a little over a month left in the semester; you can definitely tell by the amount of homework that’s piling on. I feel like group projects and final papers are being thrown at me left and right! However, it’s nothing I […]

Two Weekends, Two Cities

These past two weeks have flown by for me! I have finally ventured out of Italy and taken on two new countries: the Czech Republic and Spain. Both trips were outstanding and I got to spend some time with both old friends and new. The weekend before last, I visited Prague in the Czech Republic. […]

Easter in Florence

One aspect of Florence culture that I’ve fallen in love with is the Italian obsession with Easter. Easter has always been my favorite holiday due to its springy pastel hues and animal patrons, such as bunnies and baby chicks. On top of the cuteness of the holiday, it also reminds me of the arrival of […]

Dogs of Florence

This Sunday, March 6th, marks the end of our fifth week in Florence – wow! Although I feel very much settled, it’s crazy how fast the time has passed since we arrived. Between classes and weekend travel, it seems like my roommates and I have been caught in a whirlwind of amazing activities with no […]

When You’re Quarantined in Paradise…

This weekend marks two weeks in Florence thus far! Honestly, it feels like we’ve been here a lot longer than fourteen days, what with all the new people to meet and places to see. I can confirm that Florence is absolutely gorgeous – I’ve done so much exploring so far (and more shopping than my […]

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