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Macey Hallstedt, Site Specialist

I grew up in west Michigan and had a picture-perfect childhood. Literally, the movie American Pie is based on my hometown. It’s a great place to be from, but I have always known I wanted to travel. It’s a big world, and I want to understand as much of it as possible. My first step was studying abroad in Costa Rica with CEA. Long story short, it changed my life, and I learned that international education existed as a career path. But, to be a good advisor, I knew that first I had to travel.

So I did. Since graduating from the University of Michigan, I have worked at an ice cream shop in Sweden, as an English Teacher in rural Spain, a kayak guide on Lake Superior, and a logistics expert for outdoor adventures in the southwest before finally settling in Phoenix at CEA Study Abroad. During and between these gigs, I visited Costa Rica, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco, and Portugal. Included on my travel to-do list: the rest of the world.

When I’m not at my desk helping send students abroad, you can find me at beach volleyball or tennis courts. Or on top of a mountain. Or in my kitchen cooking up a feast with my friends. Or in my hammock reading a good book. Or obsessively tracking flights….

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