1. What was your Civic Semester experience? As a rising junior, how if at all has Civic Semester impacted your Tufts experience beyond your time in the program? Absolutely positive! Just the idea that I’m writing about how awesome this program was already excites me. I’m not saying this in […]

Looking Back, Would You Do it Again? Q&A with Civic ...


by Silas, Tufts 1+4 Participant With the biting Vermont breeze a refreshing reminder of where I ended up after a week of mild chaos, I finally began to reflect on my time in Uruguay. As my dog ran ahead of me, I remembered some of the highlights of the year, […]

Three Lessons in Self Love


by Giovana, Tufts 1+4 Participant I walked into my neighborhood’s TATA (a supermarket chain in Uruguay) on the morning of my two-month early departure, due to the pandemic, to buy some Uruguayan essentials: dulce de leche, yerba, y membrillo. As I entered the store my attention was immediately drawn to […]

Coming Full Circle



by Christopher, Tufts 1+4 Participant I laid on my bed in the humid hostel room as the dry bed sheets stuck onto my sweaty back. The whole room reeked of body odor from the day-old damp bathing suits hanging on the towel rack in the bathroom and some hidden in […]

Disfrutar La Vida, Paso a Paso


by Seneca, Tufts 1+4 Participant I met a host of incredible people during my year abroad. Strangers who welcomed me – a foreigner with no voice or connection to the local community — with open arms into their homes and their lives. These people shared so much with me, more […]

O Caminhão Que Vem


by Madeleine, Tufts 1+4 Participant Since coming home to Maine, I’ve been asked “How was Uruguay?” a million times. I hear it from neighbors, friends, and relatives, all meaning the best, but not understanding that I still don’t know how to answer. I know what everyone wants to hear: “It […]

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