A Student Perspective: Meeting the Brazilian Youth Ambassadors

Semester at Sea was proud to host five Brazilian students onboard the MV Explorer during the ship’s transit from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador. These youth ambassadors engaged voyagers in a variety of presentations, language workshops, and field programs all designed to teach Brazilian culture. I was happy to get to know these students and […]

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Inside a Favela

Favelas are impoverished and close-knit communities that are often referred to as the slums of Brazil. They are a big part of the country’s culture and the city of Rio de Janeiro specifically. For the Anthropology and Underdevelopment class, their visit to the Santa Marta posed an in-depth look at the community and the effect […]

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Science in the Field

  Just outside the city limits, environmental science students learned there was a whole other side of Rio de Janeiro to explore. The town of Barra de Guaratiba was home to a secluded beach, beautiful water, and most importantly a complex mangrove ecosystem. This area remained a relatively untouched natural wonder and was a safe haven to […]

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GoPro Moments: SAS at FC Barca

Before tickets were distributed on game day, excitement for the evening FC Barcelona vs. AFC Ajax fútbol match could be felt across the ship as nearly half of the shipboard community prepared for one of the most memorable experiences of the Fall 2014 voyage. Students, faculty and staff couldn’t believe that in a few short hours […]

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Fighting for her Chance to See the World

“Overwhelming.” Overcome by her emotion, that is the one word Paola Correa could use to describe what it feels like to be on the Fall 2014 voyage. With tears in her eyes, she recalled a time when being out of her bed was a far-off dream. “I don’t have a day to waste,” she said, […]

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Stories from the Streets of Barcelona

An NGO working with homeless adults, the Arrels Foundation opens its doors to people living on the streets who are struggling with a myriad of issues. They are a volunteer organization looking to provide comprehensive support to all people interested in leaving the streets behind and improving their quality of life. “They are so respectful […]

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Three Times the Adventure

It’s one thing to embark on a voyage with friends, but it is another to travel through 14 countries alongside two people that look exactly like you. The Postler triplets are a trio of fame aboard the MV Explorer. Amber, Carlie, and Sierra have different majors but share similarities in their appearance, mannerisms, and values. […]

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Through the Lens of Todd Forsgren

I love that romantic age of exploration when folks like Audubon and Darwin traveled around making scientific discoveries and creating incredible artwork.  Travel has been an extremely important part of my photographic career: I’ve spent about six years of my life workings as a photographer while living abroad.  I’ve always romanticized Darwin’s journey on the HMS Beagle, I […]

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Watch all of Summer 2014′s TEDxSemesteratSea Talks Online

“Anchors Away: From Ideas to Action,” was the theme for the Summer 2014 TEDx Semester at Sea aboard the MV Explorer in Helsinki on August 5. Passionate speakers shared how they may have been limited in the past – perhaps by perceptions or vision or physical issues – but experienced a catalyst that allowed them to advance past their barriers. Watch each of the talks […]

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