You might remember, but if not I will remind you: a major part of participating in this study abroad trip was taking a spring semester class before leaving and now taking a fall semester capstone class. This has been a year-long program and I am now 2/3 done with it.
A big part of being in this program is completing a research project. I started my project last semester and am now trying to finish it up. The topic is homelessness. I have gone back and forth on what specifically about homelessness I want to focus on, because it turns out that it is a very broad topic. I eventually concluded that I would focus on natural disasters and displacement-induced homelessness. This is still more or less what I want to study, but I have found that it’s very hard to research something if you don’t have a lot of first-hand experience with it. While I have had a lot of experience volunteering with a multitude of poverty and homeless organizations, I have virtually no experience whatsoever with natural disasters.
I still want to focus on that, but I also want to incorporate a social aspect, as I do have a lot more personal experiences on social views of the homeless and it is well within my range of knowledge and capacity to gather data. I made a separate research blog to help document the process and allow others better access to it. I decided to make it a separate blog because I realized that this blog (Rachel’s Travel Journal) has the potential to apply to many future opportunities abroad, rather than just this one summer. And believe me, there will be more. So if you’re interested, check it out!
You can find the blog at this website: http://www.homelessnessaroundtheglobe.weebly.com
While the primary reason for my blog is to organize my research for this class, I am and have always been very interested in studying homelessness and hope to continue to be able to long after this program is over. Hence the name of the title. It incorporates my interest in this topic of research, as well as my desire to continue to travel around the world.
I would also appreciate it if you all would take a quick survey I made about your general knowledge of homelessness in your hometown area. That can be accessed at this linK: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1410225800827
Thanks for reading!