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…

The Benefits of Returning

By Rachael Phillips, Global Co-op As part of the study abroad community in high school and now a student at Northeastern, I have noticed a clear trend of “country-hopping” among young, curious, and internationally-minded students. Every Dialogue, study abroad semester, and international co-op is somewhere new for a month or six, filling your passport and never…

Traveling Through a Divided Kingdom

By Devin Windelspecht, Global Co-op The streets that wind their way through Belfast used to be battle lines. Twenty years ago, Northern Ireland existed in a state of conflict known as the “Troubles”: a thirty year period of conflict between Catholics and Protestant paramilitaries, in which frequent assassinations, bombings, and civil unrest became a defining feature…

Grappling with Climate Injustice in Cambodia

Photo by Allason Hsu, ISF Academy Story by Anthony Zunino, Global Co-op What words and images come to mind when we hear the term “climate change”? Sea level rise, smog-choked skies, a polar bear stranded at sea. When discussing climate change, the narrative tends to focus on its geophysical effects, but across the world people are…

Two Sides of the Same Story

by Gabriela Beatham-Garcia, Global Co-op I’ve always been taught that there’s at least two sides to the same story. This is true both in everyday arguments over who ate the last piece of cake to long standing conflicts like the one between Catalonia and the rest of Spain. But this conflict can also happen within…

Equestrianism: Luxury Sport or Hobby?

By Darshan Hagalahalli Shrinivas, Global Co-op When I first heard about global co-op, I thought I would go to a place where I had never been before, and to meet different people and exchange cultural views. However, my strong love for the place where I grew up led me back to Bangalore. Bangalore, also known…