The Vermont Connection


Jean Pak


This paper is a personal reflection and exploration of the author’s short-term study abroad experience in Apia, Samoa. The narrative will consider the elements of one author’s personal experiences building community abroad in a limited time span and how these elements contributed to a successful short-term study abroad experience. The author will also examine the implications of these experiences, and of adopting a community-building perspective for short-term study abroad programs within higher education.