The Teacher Becomes the Student

Story by Julia Moore, Dialogue of Civilizations⎜Photo by Julia Moore “Will you be our teacher?”  A little girl had grabbed a book and handed it to me. I looked at her and my face lit up. There are a lot of opportunities to make connections with people from a completely different culture when you’re abroad,…

A Lasting Connection

Story by Kayla Mackay, Dialogue of Civilizations⎜Photo by Kayla Mackay This past summer I was fortunate enough to attend the Social Enterprise and Micro-Consulting Dialogue in Cape Town, South Africa. It was a trip that allowed us to work with and consult local entrepreneurs from the area and learn more about the social and economic…

Inspired to Act

Story by Nile Drochak, Dialogue of Civilizations⎜Photo by Annie Sigl As I shoved my unfolded clothes into my suitcase and snatched my passport while rushing out the front door for the airport, I thought, “Wait, where exactly is Bosnia and Herzegovina? And is it one or two different countries?” At the time, I did not know that…

What’s So Special About Geneva?

Story by Marcus Mahtemework, Dialogue of Civilizations⎜Photo by Marcus Mahtemework We all have colorful expectations of studying abroad. Whether the charm lies in experiencing native cuisine, absorbing the local culture or attempting to speak a foreign language with the people of the country, most of us welcome the opportunity to study outside the United States…

The Enigmatic Russian Soul

Story and Photo by Rintaro Nishimura, Dialogue of Civilizations Exploration comes with surprises and discovery. My summer escapade to explore a new culture led me to discover the enigmatic Russian soul. Culture is the values, beliefs, and traditions of a group of people. We delved into the enigma through four main topics: architecture, food, society, and…

The Barefoot Philosophy

Story by Chelsey Harmer, Dialogue of Civilizations ⎜ Photo by Maria Virginia  Sitting on the ground in a circle, barefoot, metal trays in front of us, watching the locals skillfully eat a heaping plate of dal, rice, and roti without using any silverware. Children from a nearby village wandering over to play, learning their names…

Right to the City

Story and Photo by Noa Dalzell, Dialogue of Civilizations Last summer, I embarked on the “Right to the City” Dialogue of Civilization in South Africa, led by Professor Liza Weinstein. We visited the country’s three largest and most politically significant cities — Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town — and I hate to embrace the Northeastern…

Uruguay: “Quedarse en el chiquito”

Story by Emma Bernstein, Dialogue of Civilisations ⎜ Photo by Hope Luria Uruguay is Argentina’s hermanito to the north, colloquially referred to as the Switzerland of South America. Both Argentina and Uruguay have a heavy European influence due to a high volume of early European immigration, but the countries have their own unique identities, and Uruguayans would be offended to be…

Communicating without Words: Language Barriers in the Atlas Mountains

Story by Aspen Schneider, Dialogue of Civilizations⎜ Photo by Katherine Murrey Communication became the greatest comfort when traveling with a group of unknown classmates to a continent that I had never been and immersing in a culture and religion vastly different than my own. To be able to ask my professor questions, to discuss new ideas…

The Power of Narratives in Shaping Identity

Story and Photo by Olivia Sorenson, Dialogue of Civilizations Over the past two years, I had the privilege to go abroad to the Middle East three times through Northeastern University. Each time I returned, I faced difficulty in processing my experiences, as I was confronted with a seemingly endless list of personal and political contradictions, conflicting…