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While Abroad

The student experience

Documenting Your Experience Abroad

Going abroad to study, intern, volunteer or teach are exciting experiences often filled with many firsts and memorable moments. You may want to document your memories because they will fade quickly once you are back home.

While the memories fade, that does not mean you can't document the important events, the good days, and every experience in between. Whether you want to share your experience with your family and friends at home, remember exactly how you felt at a specific moment abroad, or enter a photo contest, there are several ways to document your time abroad.To help you get started, here are three methods to document your time abroad:

checklist.jpgTaking Photographs

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words! Photographs can help you communicate your experiences to friends and family. Sometimes it will feel as if you’re speaking another language, but your pictures will help them to understand what you’re talking about.

Practical Ethical Photography

You'll want to capture moments and memories that are precious to you but don't forget to practice ethical photography. This means asking yourself the questions to the left before you take photos and post them. Follow these important principles when taking photos and posting them to social media.


Blogging allows you to easily keep in contact with lots of people while still being able to focus on your time abroad (not on the 30 people who want an email from you). You could even link your blog to Facebook or Instagram to distribute it widely. We recommend using one of the following platforms: Wordpress (an online blogging platforom), Wix (an online site builder), and Blogger (an online blogging platform).

Blogging helps you: 

  • Communicate to the world with minimal effort and time expenditure
  • Share your experiences abroad candidly
  • Let loved ones know that you are safe
  • Share photos AND videos
  • Take your family and friends on your trip with you through thorough descriptions of sights, smells, food and emotions
  • Reflect on and process your study abroad experience

Here are some blogs you can use for inspiration: 


Going beyond recording your experience, critical reflection about your experience builds your awareness and engagement with your surroundings.

Even if you have never kept one before, you may find that while you are abroad you feel more inspired to write down how you are feeling and things you want to remember.  You may also find it relieves some of the stress and homesickness that often comes with being far away from home.

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