The Aloha State

Story and Photo by Samantha Greig, Global Co-op In Hawaii, Aloha is more than just a greeting. Aloha is a way of life and a symbol of love and acceptance that creates the beautiful island spirit. The spirit of Aloha manifests itself in the Hawaiian culture in a plethora of subtle ways that breathe even…

A New Approach to Trust

Story by Erin Burba ⎜ Photo by Ashna Singh When I decided to move to Tanzania for my second co-op, I had very little foundation for and understanding of what was ahead. I knew next to nothing about the country. My new boss couldn’t tell me exactly what kind of projects I would be working…

Poverty and Education in Kisumu Slums

Story by Madeleine Hahn-Smith ⎜ Photo by Aneri Shah Karibu Kenya! “Karibu” – meaning welcome, is one of the first Kiswahili words I learned when I arrived in Kisumu and is a central theme of this community and its culture.  Each new person I met welcomed me into their home— offering food, tea, and conversation. These…

Feeling Homesick at Home

Story by Tori Baldassini, Global Co-op ⎜ Photo by Lauren Scornavacca When I left Boston to go to Ecuador for six months to complete my global co-op with the non-profit organization, Manna Project International, I was filled with excitement. I had a lot to be excited about – I was about to embark on a life-changing adventure…

Yellow Fury

Story by Gabriela Bentham-Garcia, Global Co-op⎜Photo by Silvia Diaz We all have romantic visions of studies abroad; meeting interesting people, eating exotic cuisine, and traveling where maps and GPS’s are stumped. I had a similar vision of what my semester in Paris would be like: four months of crêpes, croissants, cathedrals, Courbets and saunters along the…

The Land of Jamón, Siestas, and Yankophiles

By Laura Rodriguez, Global Co-op Star Wars and Kill Bill. slang, memes, Hollywood—the diner that is. “You know, there’s movie theaters where they don’t dub the original movies in English.” It always takes me by surprise exactly how much people outside the US appreciate a culture that we as Americans fail to distinguish ourselves in….

The Caribbean Conundrum of Cuba

By Paige Welch, Global Co-op (Any views or opinions expressed in the following article are strictly those of author and do not reflect the beliefs of Northeastern Global Journal.) Being a Spanish major with an interest in history, I have always dreamed of going to Cuba. The island is a fountain of culture and has played…

Rethinking Spring Break in Mexico

By Sophie Horn-Mellish, Global Co-op What could be more attractive than an all-inclusive resort in Mexico for spring break? Beautiful ocean views, warm sun to interrupt freezing Boston, and all-you-can-drink margaritas. The flights there aren’t too expensive either, and the whole country is generally affordable; more so than Florida, which is another popular spring break destination….

Insightful in Israel

By Jakob Leichtman, Global Co-op Warm weather, beautiful beaches, and counter-terrorism are quite the combination. That’s what my family and friends told me when announced that I’d be working in Israel at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) for my third and final co-op at Northeastern. That said, traveling and taking risks are nothing new for…

Coffee is the Bedouin Way of Life

Photos by Rei Segali Story by Lindsey Bressler, Global Co-op Bedouins are traditionally nomadic Arab Muslim tribes who have lived in the Sinai Peninsula for about 7,000 years. They are also the poorest demographic group of Israeli society, suffering from unemployment, high rates of crime, and a lack of access to education. For the tens of…