Current Student Crowdfunding Sites

The Education Abroad Office provides support for PCC students who are creatively looking to fund their study abroad experience. The following students have put together crowdfunding campaigns to raise money. Help them if you can!

Jose Luis Garcia

Japanese Culture In Japan

Hi! I’m looking for a little financial help so that I can see how the tech industry in Japan is different than the tech industry here in America . I am planning to major in computer science and believe that this once in a life time opportunity will be detrimental in my educational career.

Noemi Gomez

Peace and Conflict In Japan and South Korea

My name is Noemi and I am a student at Portland Community College. As a first-generation Hispanic college student, I understand that being mindful of cultural differences is critical to helping others handle obstacles. I want to become a school counselor because I enjoy helping others. K-12 students are becoming more diverse and it is essential for counselors to gain cross-cultural communication skills to work with this population.

Emily Olson

Principles of Ecology in Australia

This summer, I get the amazing opportunity to travel to Cairns, Australia to study Ecology. The program focuses on the interactions of plants and animals in northern Australia, as well as the ecology of the great barrier reef.
I am looking to focus on a degree in natural/environmental sciences, so this step will definitely forward my progress, as well as give me a lot of first-hand experience.

Marcela Uribe

Japanese Culture in Japan

I’m 18, and I’m currently a freshman attending Portland Community College located in Oregon. This past year, my friend and I heard about the opportunity to study abroad in Japan, through Education Abroad, provided by my school. We both took a leap of faith and decided why not? Why not embark in this literal once in a lifetime experience for us both? This is our first year in college, and how grateful would we be to be able to make this dream a reality.

Alex Christian

Japanese Culture in Japan

I am only finishing my freshmen year of college, but I will be minoring in Japanese for my degree. This summer, I’m taking the opportunity to travel to Japan and learn about their culture through a study abroad program my school is providing. Japan has a very unique, different culture. I am grateful for this opportunity to experience their culture, lifestyle and language!

Lizet Gonzalez

Peace and Conflict in Japan and South Korea

My name’s Lizet Gonzalez and I’m a sophomore at Portland Community College. I’m lucky enough to have been offered the opportunity to study abroad in Japan and South Korea for a month this upcoming summer. By taking this course, it’ll benefit me by having more knowledge of how different societies interact with each other and by learning more of how others have very different political views psychology-wise but as well as social. This program will also benefit me by being more open-minded and just getting out of my comfort zone especially because the career I’ve decided on is nursing, pediatrician to be more exact.

Monet Sutch

Film Studies in Spain

I have an incredible opportunity to study the internationally revered films of Pedro Almodovar in his home country, Spain. As I work toward a degree/career in mental wellness and the arts, I want to have as thorough an understanding of different art mediums as possible. Art gives us a tangible road to the subconscious, where ample healing takes place. Film is a very accessible, approachable form of art that has undeniable power to communicate, challenge, and unify. Almodovar’s films are potent samples of film’s utmost social potential. Studying his films in the context of their home country would give me unparalleled insight, not to mention inspiration, that I could then use to motivate, captivate, and understand future clients.

Andrea Rubio Ramirez

Peace and Conflict in Japan and South Korea

As many of you may know I am a student who is just starting a journey in International Studies. I have recently been tapping into my new interest in politics and have interned this lawmaking session in Salem for Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer. I have really enjoyed and appreciated my time there. Working in Salem has prepared me in my many ways to face political conflicts and I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to continue my studies this summer in Japan!

Leigh McKinney

Women’s Health in India

Mitauye Oyasin is the phrase, my people, the Lakota use to conceptualize interconnectedness. Literally it translates to, “we are all related.” We are a culture that has experienced many traumas, yet are still well rooted. The women in my life have been my strength and inspiration. I am a single mother, a first generation student and have never been outside of our Nation. Intergenerational trauma is something I want to pursue my studies in clinical psychology practices around. It is important to me because I wish to serve my community while honoring my ancestors. Please help me achieve my dream.

Mina Nava

Ecology in Australia

Hello, everyone! My name is Mina. I am a Portland Community College student, and I am very excited to have been accepted into the Ecology in Australia study abroad program for Summer 2019.
As a nontraditional college student whose only international travel has been to immigrate to the US, studying abroad was a concept that I never thought I would get to experience. This trip is not just going to be an educational achievement, but will also fulfill a life goal. I am asking for your help and support to make this dream happen. While I am also expecting financial aid to cover some of these costs, I will be taking other classes in the summer for my final stretch on completing my associate’s degree. As a full-time student, I am only able to work part-time, but I plan to take up extra hours to supplement my financial aid.
I will be extremely grateful for any and all donations.

Tara Kroft

Peace and Conflict Studies in Japan and South Korea

It has always been a dream of mine to be able to travel abroad. I got accepted into a study abroad program where I will be working towards my political science major in a Japan and South Korea. Unfortunately this trip will be very expensive. I really want to be able to achieve my personal goals of traveling and my educational goals of studying international relations and learning more about other cultures.

Baibi Hollister

Peace and Conflict Studies in Japan and South Korea

I am a Portland Community College student who is just starting a journey in International Studies. This opportunity to travel overseas to both Japan and S. Korea is unimaginable for me. As someone who is studying International Studies, this trip is not only going to be a personal experience, but an educational experience as well. As I’ve just started into this degree, this wonderful overseas experience will help me understand the cultures of East Asia.

Sophia Alvarez

Math in London

I live in a lower middle class family that has not traveled at all. When I came across a flyer that advertised study abroad at school, I thought it would be amazing to travel but quickly dismissed the thought knowing I wouldn’t be able to afford it. I saw all the different places people could go and I began to get the idea that maybe I would be able to go. Money has always been a struggle for my family and I began working my first job at 14. Going to London would mean I could expand my horizons (literally) and do something my parents have only dreamed of doing.

Serina Crew

Japanese Culture in Japan

For those of you who know me personally, you know that traveling to Japan has always been a dream of mine. I was recently accepted into the Japan study abroad program at my school where I will be able to travel to Tokyo with my class and have the opportunity to explore the beautiful city as well as earn credits. I am currently a full time student still looking for work as I am quite tight on money right now. I am asking for any small donations that would help go directly towards the down payment I have to make to hold my spot for this trip as well as the plane ticket and other expenses. Even a couple dollars would make a difference and any help is greatly appreciated. Please help me make my dream into a reality!

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Sucdi Ahmed

Peace and Conflict Studies in Japan and South Korea

I am a Portland Community College student who is studying International Relations and am taking my first study abroad this summer! The opportunity to travel to both Japan and South Korea is a privilege and an amazing chance to deepen my knowledge of alternatives to violence in political movements. I always have been intrigued by learning about other languages and cultures. In my life, I have acquired the ability to speak Somali, Spanish, and English fluently along with being at varying degrees of fluency in Japanese, French, Arabic, and German. As an International Relations major, I aim to have a multidimensional perspective on a global scale.