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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  1. I’m writing this anismsug that you want an experience you can apply to a career in some fashion (not necessarily as experience you can put on your resume) and that you plan to continue on the educator and/or liberal arts route (clearly you would not care about where to study abroad if you wanted to be a mathematician, since experiencing the world is not really needed for that subject). This is pretty much what I did when considering a study abroad program.The first thing to do is sit down and figure out where you want to be in 5, 10, and 20 years after your degree is complete.The only thing I could think you would do with an Education BA is become an administrative official at a school or college, without further education credits in a specialized area like math or science or primary school teaching. Therefore, you might look into possible internships or work study experience you could get through colleges in countries you have the option to study abroad at. Otherwise, just go where you think you might like to go.If you plan to eventually concentrate in an educational field, I would suggest sitting down with a piece of paper, folding it in half and making a list on each side. One side should be a list of subjects you might want to teach (and possibly get your Masters/Ph.D in) and the other side should be a list of places you think you might want to go because they interest you and do some matching to see if any of the two work together (for example, you decide you want to teach history at a university and that you might like greek history and Greece happens to interest you this is a match). Add the ones that match to your short list. The interesting thing about getting an advanced degree is that it teaches you specialization in your chosen field. A history major, for example, will choose to specialize in some time period and generally some country (Italian Renaissance Ph.D. student might like to have gone to Italy for their undergrad study-abroad program). An English major specializing in Romantic poetry might have visited England and seen all the places described by Romantic poets, like Wordsworth’s Tintern Abbey (a real place in the UK!) or to another country where a museum has been created to represent these authors, or where romantic poetry is highly valued as part of the institution’s curriculum. A psychologist might decide to specialize in Early Childhood Development and might have studied abroad at a college where this topic was making new discoveries (if not a US institution). An anthropologist might decide to study ancient South American civilizations because he went to Brazil. A social studies teacher might visit an African Institution (though it is pretty dangerous today), so that they have close access to tribes. Etc. Etc. Etc. I hope this helps a bit. Good luck.

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