Beauty and the Beast

San Pedro, Belize is a small Caribbean city located on an island; just a few miles from the second largest coral reef in the world. In the air or on the ground, the beauty of the sandy beaches with its cool, clear waves along with the stereotypical palm trees providing some shades from the warm […]

An Adversarial Brotherhood

  My clothes were drenched in sweat as our car approached the border. Anxiety and claustrophobia had taken over my entire thought processes. The noise, the crowd and random dudes trying to sell “I love India t-shirts” were all a bit overwhelming. That was my situation when we entered the stadium. This is how I […]

Motivation from Devastation: My Midpoint Report

  Halfway through my internship with Child Family Health International (CFHI) in India, my perspective of public health not only broadened my scope of the world intellectually and professionally but emotionally and spiritually. In the first three weeks of my program, I analyzed multiple Non-government organizations that provide healthcare resources and programs for member’s impoverished […]

Instrumental Gestures

My name is Colton Chacalias and I spent a portion of my summer in Belgrade, Serbia. My girlfriend and I attended an Ethnographic Sensibility Field School to study, and experience, Serbian culture. 6 weeks was enough to make it feel like my second home. We lived with a host family, and quickly transformed from guests […]

Creating a Green Wall

A highlight of my stretch experience happened on my final Saturday in Fez, Morocco. I co-hosted a Green Wall event at a high school with many barren walls. My project partners and I had been planning this event since the beginning of our project, and the past week had been spent running all over the […]

Discovering Dresden & Challenging my Character

The weeks leading up to my stretch experience were among the busiest and most stressful weeks of my life. In a sudden mood of adventure and curiosity, I decided to spend my summer in Germany to improve my language skills and gain some experience working in industry. It’s funny that during the school year, we’re […]