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Lessons from Abroad
Heather Frank and Rebecca Owen MAIEM ’13, co-organizers of the “Lessons from Abroad” conference at MIIS.

“I am really passionate about making the most of your study abroad experience,” says Rebecca Owen MAIEM ’13 who, along with Heather Frank MAIEM ’13 has taken on the task of organizing the San Francisco Bay Area regional “Lessons from Abroad” conference, to be held at the Middlebury Institute on March 21, 2015.

According to Rebecca, making the most of your study abroad experience after you return home can be almost as important as the time you spent there.

Rebecca and Heather bonded via social media even before they arrived in Monterey to pursue a graduate degree in International Education Management, and they share a deep-rooted passion for facilitating international education opportunities. Heather had recently returned to the U.S. after three years working in Taiwan and Rebecca was finishing her studies in Boston. As students, they volunteered at the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) conference in New Orleans in 2013 and they have also attended the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) regional conferences together since. Heather will serve on a panel discussion on “Building International Careers” for the second year in a row at “Lessons from Abroad” conferences (San Francisco last year, San Diego this year).

The dynamic duo fearlessly took on the job of organizing the “Lessons from Abroad” conference for the San Francisco Bay Area this year, and of course their first thought was to ask their alma mater to host. The conference is designed for anyone interested in sharing their lessons and experiences from time spent abroad, and anyone seeking new ways to study, work or travel abroad again. Check out the website for more information or click to register.

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