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Ecology, Agriculture, Travel and Love

When they began their studies at UC Santa Barbara in the 1980s, Greg Massa and Raquel Krach would never have imagined themselves where they are today: growing organic crops on a family farm outside of Chico, CA. But a tropical biology program in Costa Rica sparked an appreciation of the role of ecology in agriculture and kindled a love – for farming and for each other – that set a new trajectory for their lives.

Relive their story by watching “Changing Lives — Back to the Farm,” the final installment in UCTV Prime’s series “Going Places: UC Education Abroad.”

Hopefully the six stories we’ve shared have given you the travel bug. Learn more about UC’s Education Abroad Program — and make sure you send us a postcard!

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UC Education Abroad: ‘Renaissance Man’

UC Merced study abroad student Mario Trejo and his fiancé traveling in Italy

At 12 years old, Los Angeles resident Mario Trejo saw only one path for himself – to follow his brothers into gangs.  But by his senior year in high school, good grades and an interest in medicine led Mario to follow the encouragement of his teachers and apply to the University of California, which changed the course of his life.

But it wasn’t until his junior year at UC Merced that Mario realized what he thought was an impossible dream — the chance to study in Florence, Italy. During his semester abroad, Trejo studied Italian, found inspiration in the romantic settings and, most important of all, was able to truly transcend his difficult history and realize the extent of what he was capable.

Watch Mario’s story in “Changing Lives: Renaissance Man,” part of the UCTV Prime series, “Going Places: UC Education Abroad.”

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Making a Mark in Ghana

With no medical care available in the village of Wli Todzi, those in need of serious medical attention must be carried by stretcher down the mountain. Rise Up Development Collective is raising funds to build a clinic.
With no medical care available in the village of Wli Todzi, those in need of serious medical attention must be carried by stretcher down the mountain. Rise Up Development Collective is raising funds to build a clinic.

As the remarkable folks featured in the UCTV Prime series “Going Places: UC Education Abroad” are showing us, the study abroad experience can be a lot more meaningful than a few cool stamps in a passport. And the latest episode, “Changing the World: Building a Clinic, Bridging Worlds,” is no exception.

While studying abroad in Ghana, UC Santa Cruz student Jeremy Kirshbaum launched an effort to help residents of a remote mountain village construct a life-saving medical clinic. Now, students at UC Santa Cruz are helping residents of this mountain community acquire critical funding and health resources through ecotourism, bead sales and benefit concerts, while forging enduring connections across continents and cultures.

Watch “Changing the World: Building a Clinic, Bridging Worlds,” and check out more inspiring study abroad stories at the “Going Places: UC Education Abroad” website. Stay tuned for the final two episodes — all about “Changing Lives” — on December 18.

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Study Abroad Students Enroll in a Life-Changing Adventure

For the hundreds of thousands of college students mulling over the decision to study abroad next year, the clock is ticking. The deadlines for applications at most universities, including UC, are in January and February. UCTV Prime’s new series “Going Places: UC Education Abroad,” premiering December 3, just might inspire some of them to say YES to adventure.

From witnessing history at the Berlin Wall to saving lives in a remote West African community, “Going Places” shares the life-changing stories of participants in the University of California’s pioneering education abroad program. Launched in 1962, just as commercial jet travel was dawning, UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) is now one of the largest and most diverse undergraduate exchange programs in the country. As the program marks 50 years of educating and inspiring global citizens, this series explores how UC study abroad students are influencing the world – and how the world is influencing them.

Check out the trailer for the series and stay tuned the first three Tuesdays in December for new episodes!

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