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Ivan is a Phoenix native that recently graduated from Arizona State University. Through his own experiences studying abroad, he is passionate about aiding others in their process.
Ivan enjoys writing, painting, and going to concerts in his free time. He also plays 3 instruments: the flute, saxophone, and drums.
Growing up I spent a lot of time traveling, one of my earliest memories is getting into the car to drive nine hours to Oklahoma to see my grandparents. The long car rides turned into long plane rides as I got older and my love for traveling grew. I’ve traveled to at least 12 different countries and 20 states. My goal is to visit every region of the world and all 50 states.
Growing up in a small town in southeast Texas, I surprised everyone when I decided to attend college in a different state at a school nine hours away. After graduating high school, I packed my things and moved to Oklahoma to pursue my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma. There, I had two majors: International Studies and German. Also, I completed a minor in European Studies. During my time at OU, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, for a semester to develop my German skills. Long story short, I fell in love with it and worked towards making a career out of it. When I returned to OU, I spent two semesters as an intern at their Education Abroad Office. After completing my degree, I returned to Texas and taught in middle school and high school as a guest teacher. After a year, I decided to pursue a graduate degree at Texas A&M University in Master of International Affairs. While I pursuing my degree, I worked at the Education Abroad Office on campus. Living and studying in Germany was the best decision I’ve ever made and fueled my desire to pursue a career in the international realm whether it was in national security or international education.
When I am not working, I love to read, garden, bake, and do a lot of crafts. During quarantine, I spent a lot of time getting into new hobbies. Now, I know how to make soap, candles, and embroider. I love to try new coffee shops or restaurants and wander around bookstores for hours. Moreover, I enjoy spending time with my two nieces and the rest of my family. Most of all, I love lounging around watching Hitchcock movies with my 21-year-old cat, Princess.
Brendan is originally from Maine but joined CEA after working several years of customer service remotely and teaching abroad in Spain. He has a strong passion for education and international travel.
Brendan is an avid sports fan, stays active hiking and golfing, and enjoys seeing live music.
Kelsey Eihausen is from Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2022. She has worked extensively with UNL's Global Affairs offices for the past two years and studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea. She is passionate about international education and giving students opportunities to experience new cultures.
She is an avid music fan and loves spending free time with family and friends.
My interest in international travel began in High School when I was able to participate in a two week tour of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria with my European History class. I was hooked and sought out more international experiences, including a short-term exchange in France. However, my life changing abroad experience would come when I spent a semester studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. I immediately fell in love with the region's culture and grew fascinated with the history which shaped my adopted home. I was also able to travel extensively in Central and Western Europe during this semester abroad.
I decided I wanted to share my passion for international travel with future college students so I attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY to obtain my master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. This program allowed me to gain theoretical knowledge of student development and also to gain hands-on experience as the graduate assistant in the study abroad office. In this role I served as the primary contact for all 22 exchange programs offered by the college, advising students on issues pertaining to academics, housing, visas and more. Finally, I most recently served as an onsite staff supporting first-year college students studying abroad in London.
My international experiences resulted in immense personal growth, allowed me to gain new perspectives on the world, and simply, forced me to grow up. It is incredibly rewarding to witness this growth in each student I advise. Outside of work my interests include sports (soccer, football, ice hockey), taking in live music, hiking, and checking out new, interesting foods.
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Growing up, my first taste of the world was through cruises with my family! My brother has played travel hockey for 13+ years so I also had plenty of long car rides across the country in my childhood. I knew I wanted to go to France in the fourth grade, started studying French in High School, and went to Paris for a semester with CEA in Fall 2019!
I stayed close to home, attending Northern Illinois University (NIU), where I obtained my Bachelor’s in World Languages & Cultures with an Emphasis in French and Francophone Studies. During my time at NIU, I also spent a month in Aix-en-Provence living with a host family.
When I am not traveling or working, I enjoy listening to podcasts and trying new restaurants!