Terrible Things in Beautiful Places: A Study Abroad Story

When I visit places with dark histories, I’m always surprised by how beautiful they are — I expect their past to leave a visible stain on the space, but even people who do terrible things want to do them in beautiful places. The slave castle at Elmina is massive, and so white it’s almost blinding […]

Shifting Boundaries in Rural Ghana: A Study Abroad Story

We drove to the village in what can only be described as a party bus. The flashing, multicolored lights and sound system that felt funny and gauche as we left Accra felt like callous opulence in Hehekpoe. Most people in the village didn’t have electricity, and none had running water. The dissonance of our arrival […]

A New Way of Telling Time: A Study Abroad Story

As I was preparing to leave for Accra, I was fending off distressing questions from all sides. Are you going to live in a hut? Will you be able to receive mail? Do they speak English or just their tribal language? As a good student of critical race theory and postcolonialism, I deftly deflected these […]

Argentine Adventure: Tastes like Red Wine

In the summer of 2013, Leanna Scachetti traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her time there was organized by IFSA-Butler, a study abroad provider that has sent over 50,000 students abroad since its founding in 1988, and currently operates programs in over 19 countries.  In ‘Argentine Adventure Tastes like Red Wine’, Leanna shares how her time in Argentina helped […]

Questioning Authority on Santiago’s Streets

In 2013, Marielle Petranoff studied abroad in Santiago, Chile. Her time there was organized by IFSA-Butler, a study abroad provider that has sent over 50,000 students abroad since its founding in 1988, and currently operates programs in over 19 countries.   In ‘Questioning Authority on Santiago’s Streets,’ Marielle shares how conversations outside the classroom helped her better […]

#PassionPassport Education and Travel Twitter Chat

Vienna Cathedral photo for Education and Travel Twitter chat

For the team here at Passion Passport, the driving force behind a lot of our travels is education. Whether it’s language skills, cultural awareness, or historical perspectives, learning takes place in the classroom and on the sidewalk. You can learn new vocabulary while ordering dinner in a restaurant, and you can learn a lot about […]

Rebecca Holland: Scare Yourself

It’s 11pm on a Thursday when I step off the plane. The air is warm and filled with a scent I can’t immediately place, but will later fall in love with: sand, salt, citrus, and cardamom. Arabic music blasts from a car stereo outside of the airport and buses piled high with men on their […]

Manchester: A lot More than Soccer and Cider

When first deciding to go abroad for six months, all I knew about Manchester was that it had a famous soccer team. However, what I came to find in a short time is that the city is culturally rich and perfect for those looking to have a good time. Here are some tips for living […]

How to Eat Your Way Through Florence (and see some stuff too)

After six months of living in Europe for a semester abroad and five weeks of traveling through the Mediterranean, I thought I had seen – and eaten – it all. Then I landed Florence – the last city on my adventure – and it paid testament to the expression “save the best for last”. Though […]