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Tamia Casey

Bio Summary
Cohort Year: 
2017
Home Institution: 
Lincoln University
Heinz Programming Area: 
Environment
Study Abroad Country: 
Ecuador
International Experience

Tamia traveled to South America and lived in Guayaquil, Ecuador for two months. While studying Spanish and Ecuadorian Culture and Society she also worked closely with the community’s free clinic, "Instituto Superior Technologico Bolivariano." While in class she studied the rich history of Ecuador and the origins of their music, style, traditions, languages and more. Being fortunate enough to participate in an internship Tamia was able to work hands-on with Doctora Ron and her colleagues in the clinical setting, putting her Spanish skills to work and helping the community in the free clinic. Her global exploration took her to Quito the capital city, where she hiked to an active volcano and stood on both earth's hemispheres and then to the Presidential Palace. Then to Cuenca the nations third largest city to visit "Ruinas de Ingapirca," the largest remaining site of the Incas ruins, where Tamia was able to stand in the ancient Sun Temple. Tamia then traveled to the rainforest to Banos, Ecuador a city known for its extreme sports, where she enjoyed white water rafting zip lining, and visiting the famous "La Casa del Arbol" known for its swing "overlooking the end of the world." Tamia most of all enjoyed spending time with her host family, where she was able practice her Spanish and teach some English to her "little brother," Maximiliano. After some time in Ecuador Tamia was able to greet, bargain, and hold conversations with the locals. Living in the more urban area of Ecuador, Guayaquil, she observed the new direction Ecuador is heading into and many different social and economic backgrounds. By the end of her time abroad Tamia made new friends from different universities and Ecuador, and she has improved her skills in the Spanish language. She accredits this amazing opportunity to the Vira I. Heinz leadership program for not only making this experience financially possible but making her a confident first time world traveler. 

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