Romania: Culture-Centered Communication and Engagement
About the Program
This program, offered in Maymester, allows students to travel to two Romanian communities in Eastern Europe, where they will complete their own digital storytelling projects and immerse themselves in the community. While on this trip, students will also get to sightsee and visit the Bran Castle (more commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle”), Sighisoara, a medieval city in the Transylvania region, and a local bed and breakfast, where students will conclude their trip.
In collaboration with Heifer International, students will experience and document the viewpoint of their host family through video, photography and written narrative—capturing the essence of local agricultural, community and daily life.
Compilation of students’ projects will result in promotional and informational materials to be formally presented to Heifer International staff for their use. Past participants of this program really enjoyed the following experiences in Romania:
- Buying authentic "I survived Dracula's castle" t-shirts
- Literally watching the cows come home
- Making lasting friendships with fantastic Romanians
- Eating "awesome" homemade donuts made by their host family
- Leaving with amazing stories—professionally and personally
Upon returning, students will have a unique perspective of Heifer International beneficiary communities, rural Romanian agriculture and the influences it has on daily life in that region. They will also return with sharpened communication skills in digital storytelling.
International Travel Scholarship
Additional Scholarships for International Travel
There are several scholarships available for international travel through the CAES Office of Global Programs.