An enduring lesson in human rights

May 5th, 2020   |   Human Rights, International Honors Program, SIT Study Abroad

SPRING FORWARD
What SIT students brought with them from their
spring 2020 study abroad experience

Student sites on rooftop against a city backdrop

We went to the highest peak of the city. The the air was cold, and it was barely light until the sun slowly rose behind the hills illuminating a breathtaking landscape of mountains, valleys, and the sparkling blue lake.

Steven Escobar-Mendez
Sophomore,
Lehigh University Class of 22
SIT IHP Human Rights: Movements, Power and Resistance (Nepal, Jordan and Chile)

The best thing about the IHP program was traveling to different parts of the world in a semester with such an amazing group. I have never been to the other side of the world, so it was an incredible opportunity made possible through aid from my university, the program, and the Gilman International Scholarship.

There were so many memorable moments, but a particularly vivid one was watching the sun rise in Pokhara, Nepal. We went to the highest peak of the city. The the air was cold, and it was barely light until the sun slowly rose behind the hills illuminating a breathtaking landscape of mountains, valleys, and the sparkling blue lake.

The program was sadly cut short due to Covid-19 when were in Amman, Jordan. However, lessons on multiple aspects of human rights from UN officials and NGOs will have a lasting impact on me.

Thanks to SIT, I will continue studying political science and global studies with firsthand experience.