Staff : Jill Ranaivoson
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Jill Ranaivoson
(352) 273-1528
Study Abroad Advisor
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Jill advises for Italy, Greece, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Originally from the St. Louis metro area, Jill obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications and Religious Studies from Webster University and a Master of Arts in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute. Her experiences abroad include studying and working in London, England and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar.

Questions for Jill

  • What are your favorite destinations?
    The United Kingdom, Ireland, and Madagascar (Judging from this list, it's probably safe to say I have a thing for islands!)

  • What did you make sure to bring with you when living overseas?
    Photos of family and friends, copies of important documents, a decent headlamp, a travel adaptor/converter, and a few easy to learn games like UNO or Left Center Right, which are fun to teach and play with locals then leave as gifts when you return home.

  • What's one travel tip you like?
    Try to learn and use the LOCAL language of the country you are visiting as much as possible, and don't be afraid to make mistakes!

  • Please share a funny or unique occurrence that happened while you were abroad.
    While traveling through the Irish countryside, the bus I was on came to a halt. Normally in this type of situation one would expect to find the driver waiting for a flock of sheep to cross the road (which in itself can be quite the cultural experience), but instead I saw the driver get off the bus and run towards a flock of sheep in the distance. Apparently a piece of luggage had flown off the bus and tumbled down the hillside. And sure enough that lone tumbler of a suitcase was mine.

  • How did living overseas shape you?
    Studying abroad was the first time I had to step outside of my comfort zone and experience life on my own. It was terrifying and fantastic at the same time! It also set me on a completely different path in life. My experience in Madagascar taught me about the value of community, the beauty of simplicity, and the power of an education. I also learned a great deal about myself, my own cultural identity, and the importance of intercultural understanding.

  • Anything else?
    Plan like heck-then go with the flow.