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Jillian Pellicano, the Lions Abroad marketing intern, writes:

Bula! My name is Jillian Pellicano, and I am eager to represent Penn State as the Lions Abroad Marketing Intern. I am a junior marketing student with a passion for exploration and the outdoors.

For as long as I can remember, Fiji and Australia have been the two places in the world that I have always dreamt of visiting. This past summer, I was fortunate enough to spend five weeks with some unforgettable people through the AUIP North Queensland and Fiji programs. Both destinations fully lived up to all my excitement to explore these two amazing locations.

Jillian showing Fijian kids how to operate her camera

Jillian showing Fijian kids how to operate her camera

This program meant more to me than I originally anticipated. As expected, some of my favorite highlights include snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, learning how to surf in Fiji, bungee jumping in Australia on a free day and touring the Sydney Opera House. However, the real highlight of my study abroad was meeting some of the greatest people and learning some things about myself that would have been hard to notice without this experience.

Exploring Sydney, Australia

Exploring Sydney, Australia

My entire life, up until this program, I have been an extremely home-oriented person. I am very close with my family so, needless to say, the prospect of spending over a month halfway around the world with a bunch of people I barely knew terrified me.

Luckily, this program was able to extract from me a newfound independence, which I have taken with me ever since. I am a more self-sufficient, daring and go-getting person after this experience. Eager to try new things, I no longer fear the difficult or foreign opportunities in my future, but rather I look to them with excitement and ambition. All of these reasons lend to my excitement for sharing my story with prospective students as the Lions Abroad Marketing Intern.

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Amanda Back, the Eagles Abroad marketing intern, writes:

When I returned home from my 24-day adventure exploring New Zealand and Sydney during my J-term of my junior year, I truly became obsessed with traveling and with New Zealand and Australia. The experiences I had were not only the best I had during my college career, but some of the best days of my life. Back at home, I literally could not stop talking about all the activities I embarked on and everything I learned. I constantly found myself thinking back to those awesome three weeks wishing I could relive the entire experience over again.

Lucky for me though, I get to share everything I experienced and how incredible the program was because it is my job now. I am the 2013-2014 Eagles Abroad intern for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse! (And ohhh my goodness am I super excited!)

Able Tasman kayaking

Abel Tasman kayaking

Going into the New Zealand and Sydney Sustainable Business program, I will admit I was a little nervous. I had never traveled without my friends or family and definitely hadn’t been to the other side of the world! It was definitely a little scary. But once I stepped off the plane at LAX and met up with my fellow study abroad classmates, all of my worries vanished. Together we made so many memories and also became friends. We swam with dolphins, went kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park, and I even got the courage to go bungy jumping during my free time at the AJ Hackett Kawarau Bungy Centre. It’s where bungy jumping started—pretty sweet, if you ask me.

Plus, I learned so much in those three weeks about international business practices and sustainability. The learning was all hands-on and definitely not your typical lectures. New Zealand and Sydney businesses take pride in focusing not only on profit, but also helping people and the planet. Creating sustainable business practices is key for a truly successful business.

Amanda in front of the Sydney Opera House

Amanda in front of the Sydney Opera House

Traveling from Queenstown to Wellington, crossing the Tasman Sea to Sydney and many stops in between, this 24-day program was one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t wait to assist students who are also hoping to meet some great people, embark on new adventures and create the best memories of their life on the New Zealand and Sydney business program for the 2013-2014 J-term!

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Have you recently returned from your AUIP study abroad to Australia, New Zealand or Fiji? Do you find yourself talking to everyone about your amazing international experience? Wish you could turn all that talking into an internship? Well, you can!

Don't be lazy. Apply now!

Don’t be lazy. Apply now!

Applications for the 2013-14 marketing internship program are now available. AUIP marketing interns provide faculty, staff and potential students vital assistance in the study abroad program selection and pre-departure preparation process.

One intern will be selected at each of our partner universities. The only stipulations are that candidates must have completed an AUIP program, currently be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral program at an AUIP partner university, and be in good academic and judicial standing.

You must obtain a copy of the job application and contract from your study abroad lead faculty and submit these completed items to AUIP by July 19, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST. We look forward to receiving applications and having another successful group of marketing interns!

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For a third year running, Australia has secured the title of the world’s happiest country. Based upon criteria of income, jobs, housing and health, the land down under beat out number two Sweden and number three Canada for the top honor from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The OECD statistics show more than 73 percent of people aged 15 to 64 in Australia have a paid job, above the OECD average of 66 percent and life expectancy at birth in Australia is almost 82 years, two years higher than the OECD average.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Australians also work fewer hours each year than their OECD peers. The average Australian works 1693 hours in contrast with most people in the OECD working 1776 hours a year.

Plus, we recently read in a separate study that Australia provides workers with nearly the most paid vacation days and holidays amongst countries with advanced economies.

So, congrats to all the Aussies living happy lives! We’re sure our students currently in Australia are observing the jubilant lifestyle of the local people.

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Tiffany Kascak, the Lions Abroad marketing intern, writes:

While being abroad, your schedule might be more hectic than usual. Throughout your travels, you’ll encounter new, interesting things to do and people to get to know. Thus, incorporating exercise into your time overseas sometimes can be a challenge.

Most likely you will not be going to the nearest gym to work out or packing your dumbbells in your suitcase, so creativity is key in staying fit. These are some ideas for exercise when you’re constantly traveling:

Run, run, run: Some of my roommates would go for a jog around the local neighborhood. They enjoyed this activity because they were able to familiarize themselves with the surrounding area along with getting exercise. Just don’t run so far that you could get lost!

PSU students hiking on Magnetic Island

PSU students hiking on Magnetic Island

Hit the trail: Another way to accomplish exercise is to go for a high-paced hike. One day, some classmates and I went on an extremely invigorating one that was pretty much all uphill. The hike proved strenuous, yet rewarding because when we reached the top we had a beautiful view. It was a fun activity for all of us because we got to talk and know each other better during the hike. Plus, when you’re chatting away, you’re distracted from the intensity of the hike.

Let’s play ball: Playing group sports is another method of staying fit. By group sports, I don’t mean a football game or ice hockey tournament, but rather more realistic ones like ultimate Frisbee (Frisbees pack easily in a suitcase!) or soccer (local parks often have fields you can use). Or, you can always pack a ball of some sort to throw around on the beach or outside your accommodation.

Water, water everywhere: Many of the AUIP programs are located near oceans, rivers or lakes. If you’re a water person, then check into options for kayaking, swimming and snorkeling. Australia students can certainly take advantage of the nearby Pacific Ocean. Meanwhile, Fiji students can just step out of their accommodation in many places for a quick swim or snorkel. Do remember to have a buddy when doing any water activity, so someone is there in case of an emergency.

Exercising while overseas often takes place outside, so the opportunities will heavily depend on your surroundings and the recent weather. Regardless of these factors, you’ll surely we be able to find something to suit your workout style.

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Annalise Kelleher, the Buckeyes Abroad marketing intern, writes:

Before I left for Australia, I knew the program’s general theme but didn’t know many details about the subject of “Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment.” I had never considered myself an environmentalist, and I never thought much about my natural surroundings. I knew that I was going to learn the basics, but I ended up learning so much more about myself during my time abroad.

Australians are very conscious about their environment. Stressing the concept of interconnectivity, our field guides pointed out the environment is all connected and relies on its counterparts for survival. For example, water runoff from farms and agricultural work near the coast can bring additional sediment into the ocean, thus in turn potentially hurting wildlife and the Great Barrier Reef. This all made sense in my mind but seeing the damage in real life truly opened my eyes. I realized how seemingly daily actions can seriously hurt something else.

Ohio State students Ashley and Annalise snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef

Ohio State students Ashley and Annalise snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef

I took these ideas back home with me post-program. Then, I began recycling at my apartment, convinced my friends to recycle and stop littering, and began using less water at home. These may seem like small environmental contributions, but I know each conservation method helps. By teaching others, I’ve learned that I can learn more environmentally friendly techniques.

In my reflection, I realized we seem to have worse problems with conservation and environmental protection in America than in Australia and many other countries. For students planning to study in Australia, keep an open mind and an open heart. You will learn several important lessons that, if approached correctly, could begin to change our home and protect the beautiful environment around all of us. So, take plenty of notes, because you’ll want to remember those changes to implement upon returning home.

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Ali Johnson, the Tigers Abroad marketing intern, writes:

As you begin making your summer plans, fellow students, make sure study abroad is on that list. Studying abroad is one of the best experiences I have ever done. After having done so, one of the questions that I have been asked over and over again is: “Why Australia?” I have probably been asked this question several hundred times now since the program and especially now whilst being an intern for AUIP.

Immediately after my Australia program, I would answer the question by saying, “Why not? It’s beautiful!” But after having a whole semester to reflect on the question, my answer has now expanded from “it’s beautiful” to a million different reasons why I think Australia is the best place to study abroad. Here are a few of my main reasons:

1. Visit World Heritage sites: Australia currently has 19 World Heritage sites and a lot of them are in danger. Australia is also home to the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest. The Great Barrier Reef is home to the world’s largest coral reef system! Australia’s World Heritage sites are also under an act of law to protect them, which in fact has raised tourism in Australia because their sites are now being preserved more than ever and helping them survive longer.  Even though the act is preserving World Heritage sites, human impact is also a huge threat that could cause them to disappear in the future.

Ali and study abroad friends snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef

Ali and friends snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef

2. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef: One of my main reasons to study abroad in Australia was to see the Great Barrier Reef. I have dreamed of snorkeling and scuba diving in the vast ocean and seeing all of the amazing colors and shapes of the coral reef. But how long will the Great Barrier Reef be like that? I didn’t want to miss my opportunity. The Great Barrier Reef is something I will never forget and will be one of my favorite memories for the rest of my life!

3. See unique species: Another reason why I wanted to go to Australia was because how cool would it be to see kangaroos and koalas? So cool, right? Well, I wanted to be able to say that I have seen them in the wild and not just at the zoo. Australia is home to so many unique species that the Unites States doesn’t have. Besides roos and koalas, there are countless reptiles and other creatures that we have never been exposed to before!

4. Swim beneath waterfalls: Australia has so many waterfalls too! How cool would it be to swim underneath a waterfall and look up and see drops of water fall down on you in slow motion? Well, I have experienced that and it’s way cool. While in Australia I swam under five different waterfalls, and I’ve only seen six in my life!

5. Be a celebrity: If those reasons haven’t sold you yet then how would you like to feel like a celebrity for four weeks? Everywhere we went, people would ask us about being American and where we were from and they would ask our opinions on everything. Australians have amazing accents and can be mesmerizing, but they were also so intrigued with us. No matter where we went, everyone was so nice and wanted to strike up a conversation about anything just to talk to us. This was great and really exposed us to their culture.

Australia has so many wonders and reasons to visit! Those were just some of my favorite reasons to study abroad in Australia and after you go, I’m sure you will have some to add on!

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