Gareth Henderson
History, Secondary Education
Class of 2011
King’s Faculty-Led Program
Sofia, Bulgaria to Istanbul, Turkey

How did you select your Study/Intern Abroad location?

I chose to travel to Bulgaria and Turkey due to the fact that it was related to my major and it was a part of the world that I had not previously learned a great deal about.  Overall, it was something completely new to me, so I wanted to experience it.

Why did you want to study or intern abroad?

I wanted to study abroad because I spent five weeks studying abroad in the United Kingdom in high school and wanted to travel again, and this was a great opportunity to do so.

What were the highlights of this experience?

The highlight of this trip was just being able to experience the culture of a country firsthand.  By traveling to both large urban centers and more suburban or rural areas, I felt that I was able to gain a well-rounded view of the countries and their culture.

What surprised you the most?

The hospitality of the people in Bulgaria and Turkey was the most surprising aspect to me.  Almost everywhere I went, people were happy to help and facilitate our studies there.

How has (or how might) this experience affect your major and future career?

Looking at a career in education, specifically as a history teacher, studying abroad is an important experience.  It will allow me to bring firsthand knowledge and experiences to the classroom, which will make the material almost come alive for the students and make it more meaningful for them.

What would you tell students considering studying or interning abroad?

I would tell any students considering studying abroad to do all they can to take advantage of the opportunity King’s is offering them.  The programs are all very affordable, and the experiences are priceless and will make a huge impact on the lives and futures of everyone who goes on a program abroad, no matter what their major is. 

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