IHP Cities in the 21st Century Letter Home from India Spring 2015

From the moment we stepped out of the airport in Ahmedabad, India, the city offered up a sensory overload. Cows, monkeys and the occasional elephant in the street, the smell of burning trash, and the hustle-bustle traffic on the ride to our hotel formed our first impression of the place where we would spend the […]

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IHP Climate Change Letter Home from Morocco Spring 2015

IHP Climate Change Spring 2015: Morocco Country Blog Khobz Babies, Medina Mazes, & Sahara Sandstorms   Food in Morocco   Moroccan cuisine was definitely an immediate and obvious departure from Vietnamese cuisine; as soon as we landed in Casablanca it was out with the rice and noodle soups and in with the khobz (pronounced “hobs”, […]

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IHP Health and Community Spring 2: Letter Home from Vietnam Spring 2015

Xin chào, and Greetings from Hanoi!   After a total of forty-three hours of travel from New Orleans (by way of New York, Frankfurt and Singapore) we arrived in Vietnam, ready to start the abroad part of the semester. We found ourselves in a city that pulsates to a rhythm that is, at first, very […]

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IHP Cities in the 21st Century Letter Home from Cape Town, South Africa Spring 2015

Hello Well Wishers, As we say goodbye to our IHP family, we reflect on our time in Cape Town, the last stop on this IHP journey. Guided by our powerful and brilliant country coordinator, Sally, we dove into Cape Town head first, using the many tools we have honed over the semester. Along the way, […]

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IHP Human Rights Spring 2015 – Chile

Chile Santiago and Curarrehue We are currently sitting in a volcanic ash storm in Curarrehue in the south of Chile. It is 11 am and it is pitch black outside. Cocina Mapuche in Curarrehue, Chile. Picture credit: Lizzy Brilliant We are currently at Cocina Mapuche where we ate two times. The Mapuche woman who co   […]

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IHP Health Track 2: Spring 2015 – South Africa

Auxeni! (Or, “Hello” in Xitsonga, one of the eleven national languages of South Africa!)   Greetings from South Africa!   We blinked and woke up in Johannesburg, South Africa on Feb 17th. Our first week in Johannesburg provided the perfect adjustment period from one extreme way of life to another. We stayed at an old […]

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IHP Health Track 2: Spring 2015 – Argentina

Dear Friends and Family,   It seems crazy to say, but we’ve reached the last step of our journey. After 16 weeks of flights, homestays, site visits, guest lectures, challenging discussions, and more challenging good-byes, it’s time for us to begin thinking about a new set of obstacles as we readjust to life back where […]

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IHP Health Spring 2015 – South Africa

South Africa “We are a land of paradoxes.” These words were spoken to us during one of our first guest lectures way back in India, but we find they can apply here in South Africa just as easily. This country is one of the most geographically diverse places one can imagine, from towering mountains to […]

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IHP Spring 2015 Climate Change: Vietnam

LETTERS HOME: VIETNAM!   Ho Chi Minh City Our adventures in Vietnam began in the southern part of the country. We flew into Ho Chi Minh City, usually referred to as Saigon by the local people. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam, with a population of about 7.4 million. Arriving on […]

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IHP Spring 2015 Cities in the 21st Century Video Letter Home from Brazil

Students on the IHP “Cities in the 21st Century” program reflect on their time in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the second of the four sites they’ll study in over the course of the program. During their four weeks in San Paulo between February and March, they explored issues such as water rights, housing disparities, transportation, as […]

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