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!

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!

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.

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.

Noemi Gomez

Peace and Conflict In Japan and South Korea

My name is Noemi and I am a student at Portland Community College. I’m raising money for the Peace And Conflict Trip in Japan and Korea for June 2019. 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.

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.

Examples of Previous Crowd Funding Campaigns
Julisa Golden

Principles of Ecology in Australia

It has always been a dream of mine to study abroad, but I’ve never been able to muster the funds. This time I decided to face my fear of asking others for money and reach out to my community for help. A teacher of mine is taking a group of students to Australia for 3 weeks!

Jake Edgar

Sociology in Bolivia

In early January of this year I learned of a study abroad opportunity which would take me to a country I had only recently discovered. Not in the sense of knowing it existed, but rather, how it existed. How it was radically changing its political and social structure and that country was Bolivia. Since 2006 Evo Morales, the first Indigenous president in history, has made sweeping steps towards a true and beautiful form of equality, which rejects imperialism and places the needs of people, of all the people, first. I am truly an admirer of his work, and I hope to make this a life changing trip.

Emory Neer

Health, Food Systems, and the Environment in Cuba

My long term goal is to open up a non-profit that teaches kids how to grow their own food and manage stress in order to keep themselves healthy and combat the negative health outcomes that result from the hierarchies ingrained in our society. This program will provide an immersive, global learning environment for studying topics related to food supply, agriculture, the environment, and health in Cuba, looking at the differences in food supplies and systems and how they impact nutrition.

Jessica Miller

Principles of Ecology in Australia

When I decided to go to college after almost 20 years off, I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to study abroad! Well, opportunity knocked, and I answered, but it turns out studying abroad is not a cheap endeavor.

Amelia Shelly

Health, Food Systems, and the Environment in Cuba

We have the privilege of learning from many locals about Cuban agriculture, urban farming, healthcare and general nutrition. We will also stay at La Picadora community, listening to the work and wisdom of the Cuban people that has shaped a revolutionary approach to community, to health. I am so deeply excited about being accepted into this course and the many opportunities for learning and hands-on experience it provides.