Lately, I’ve read and related to many articles about the struggles of people of color traveling and living abroad, in Thailand, Spain, France, and others. Traveling as a person of color raises many questions about where we feel most comfortable, who we identify with the most, where we feel most at home.
These questions become particularly critical when participating in a study abroad program. The close-knit community fostered in study-abroad programs creates all kinds of power dynamics that sometimes need to be processed in order to have a positive experience. As a student of color who studied abroad my junior year of college, there were many things I wished I had considered before jumping in to the experience. Here are a few: