Parker in Greece

  Welcome to the summer 2016 LeadAbroad blog!  We are so excited to feature students on all of our programs from Cape Town to Greece, Rome to Barcelona.  We will be sharing their experiences, perspectives and advice as we progress through this summer. Today we hear from Parker Esoda on DIRECT Greece!  Parker attends the University … Continue Reading »


By: Megan Mallonee, a rising junior at the University of North Carolina 1. You might actually need to learn some Italian. I tried to pick up a little bit before I left for Rome, but pretty much figured I would be cool with “pizza” and “ciao.” But what I didn’t realize was that there really … Continue Reading »

Rome's Hidden Gems

GO Rome students depart for Italy in just a matter of days! We are so excited to share a guest blog from Scott Heptonstall with Bus2Alps, one of our tour operators! Don’t miss these great tips as you prepare to embark on your Italian adventure. So you’ve made it! You’ve arrived in Roma with only … Continue Reading »

By: Allie Vaughn, a junior at the University of Alabama Since studying abroad we have been challenged emotionally, physically and academically, we each overcame our own obstacles and concurred personal fears but the biggest task still lies ahead of us, how do we prepare for the journey home? First and foremost give yourself time to … Continue Reading »

Beautiful sunset in Greece

Our LEAD Greece students have wrapped up their service project with the Salvation Army. Katrina Storms from the University of Tennessee shares her powerful experience and the lessons learned in Athens. Inspiration is something people seek throughout all stages of life, but hope is the driving force for most goals in life. However, it is … Continue Reading »

Going Out outfit for Greece

Considering going to Greece? Don’t miss Hilary Rattikin’s simple outfit guide! A junior at the University of Texas and current LEAD Greece student, she is an expert on what to bring!

Packing is always one of the most difficult parts of getting ready for a long trip. In between classes, hiking, and touring it can be hard to decide what all you need to bring. To help you out, here are the five types of outfits you’ll need in Greece:

1. Comfy Casual
From sitting through morning classes at the hotel to grabbing a quick ice cream cone in Athens, comfort is key! Be sure to bring a few casual tshirts and shorts to run around in on low key days.

Outfit 1 for Greece

2. Active
Some of our days are more active than others. Whether we are climbing a volcano in Santorini or hiking Samaria Gorge it’s important to have comfortable athletic wear to keep you cool. Tennis shoes are definitely a must!

Active Outfit for Greece

3. Casual Cute
With all the beautiful places to see, you will to want to take more pictures than your memory card has room for. Make sure you look cute while touring the Acropolis and exploring Crete with friends. Shorts and cute tops are comfortable, effortless and ensure you will look great in all the photos you send home! Converse are the way to go on long days like these. Don’t forget a cute pair of sunglasses!

Casual Cute outfit for Greece

4. Swim
Be sure to bring a cute swimsuit and cover up! You will live in flowy sundresses and sandals while you’re heading to the pool or sailing around Santorini on a catamaran. However, with all the adorable cover ups we’ve found shopping maybe it’s not the end of the world if you “accidently” forget yours!

Outfit idea for Greece

5. Going Out
From fun dinners with friends in Glyfada to a night out on a rooftop in Athens, it’s smart to bring a couple of outfits you can dress up or dress down. We love wearing rompers, jeans, and sundresses and mixing them up with flats or wedges and fun scarves or jewelry.

Going Out outfit for Greece

But don’t stress! If you happen to forget a cute sundress or a pair of jean shorts, you have 70 new best friends to share closets with!

LEAD Cape Town on Bloukrans Bridge Bungee

Christopher Bybee, a junior at Texas A&M University, describes a powerful moment on Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa as our students made the 709ft bungee jump. Don’t miss this incredible story of courage and support. It’s interesting in life to see simple things come together to create a powerful moment. We often aren’t able to … Continue Reading »