Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

2012 Tahiti Study Abroad

September 4, 2012

Tahiti Week 4: Coconut Day, Last Hike and Surf Competition!

Group picture at the waterfall!

by Veronica Sedano (written on August 19) Our last week in Tahiti consisted of variety of activities. We dedicated a whole day to learning about coconuts. Coconuts are used in every way possible here, they are used to start a fire, to eat, for body/hair products, you name it. We then took our last hike!…

Tahiti Week 3: WATERRRR!

The cave!

by Veronica Sedano (written on August 12) Week three was a bit more relaxed. We spent the majority of our time out in the water. We started off at a cave by the name of Grotte De Maraa. The cave’s arched ceiling creates and optical illusion that makes the cave look smaller than what it…

Tahiti Week 2: Dance, Dance History and Tattoos

Museum Costume Collection

by Veronica Sedano (written on August 5) Week two started off with practice from the time we woke up to the time we had dinner. Our dance practices were for two full days, Monday and Tuesday. One of the crew members, Falea, is very involved in Tahitian dancing and volunteered to teach us. We learned…

August 1, 2012

La Orana! First Week in Tahiti!


by Veronica Sedano Our first week in Tahiti has been quite eventful! We focused mainly on oral and written traditions. In the Tahitian culture, most traditions are passed down from generation to generation, orally and vertically rather than horizontally. The second day we visited a ceremonial event that is referred to as a Marae. In…

July 20, 2012

Meet Tahiti Blogger Perla Flores

Meet Tahiti Blogger Perla Flores

by Perla Flores Hello everyone! My name is Perla Flores. I will be a sophomore this upcoming fall at the University of Washington where I plan on majoring in either Law, Society and Justice or Business. I am from a small town up north called Marysville. I come from a family of seven, my oldest…

July 17, 2012

Meet Tahiti Blogger Veronica Sedano

Veronica Sedano

by Veronica Sedano My name is Veronica Sedano and I am a junior at the University of Washington. I plan on majoring in Medical Anthropology and Global Health with a minor in Diversity. I was born in Chelan, Washington and lived in a small town 10 minutes away called Manson. In 2001, my parents decided…