Diplomats

Story by Kelsea Morshuk-Allen, Co-op⎜Photo by Catherine Titcomb As Americans, we often do not show enough respect towards those serving us overseas who are advancing American interests, helping the most vulnerable populations such as refugees and asylum seekers, keeping our citizens safe in times of need of evacuation, and facilitating negotiations before wars can even…

More Than Just Its Wars and Conflicts

Story by Taylor Niederland, Global Co-op⎜Photo by Taylor Niederland “You’re co-oping in Syria?! … in Siberia?!” “No, I’m co-oping in Serbia,” I said, impatient and tired of people confusing my co-op location. “You know, it’s an Eastern European Balkan country that was formerly part of Yugoslavia.” “Oh, that country. I got it confused.” I had…

The Cats of Amman

Story by Maggie King, Global Co-op⎜Photo by Maggie King My home in Amman was on the top of a hill, like at least half of the houses in the undulating landscape of the city. “Right off the Seventh Circle, then go to the supermarket and make two turns,” I would instruct my taxi drivers in…

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…