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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

Study Abroad

CIEE & CCIS Programs

Country Semester Programs Summer Programs
Argentina Buenos Aires - Liberal Arts
Buenos Aires - Undergrad Research: Globalization & Development
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires - Community Public Health
Buenos Aires - Gender and Ethnic Studies
Buenos Aires - Performing Arts in Context
Buenos Aries - Spanish Language
Buenos Aires
Australia Macquaire
Gold Coast
Newcastle
Sydney
Perth - Arts & Sciences
Perth - Ecology, Conservation & Sustainability
Swinburne University of Technology
Wollongong - Arts & Sciences
Gold Coast

Perth - Tropical Marine Ecology
Austria Salzburg Salzburg
Belgium Brussels - Advanced Liberal Arts
Brussels - Business, Communications & Culture
Brussels - Business, Communications & Culture
Bonaire Bonaire - Tropical Marine Ecology & Conservation Bonaire - Tropical Marine Ecology & Conservation
Botswana Gaborone - Arts & Sciences
Gabrone - Community Public Health
Gaborone - Summer Community Public Health
Brazil Salvador da Bahia - Liberal Arts

Rio de Janeiro - Language & Culture
Rio de Janeiro - Business, Economics & Culture
Rio de Janeiro - Liberal Arts
Rio de Janeiro - Media, Design, & Social Communications
Rio de Janeiro- Environment & Sustainability Studies
Rio de Janeiro - Intensive Language & Culture (Winter Only)

São Paulo - Business & Culture
São Paulo - Liberal Arts
Rio de Janeiro - Intensive Language and Culture
Salvador da Bahia - Intensive Language & Culture
Sao Paulo - Intensive Language and Culture
Bulgaria Veliko Turnovo Veliko Turnovo
Cambodia   Siem Reap - Cambodian Studies
Canada Chicoutimi Chicoutimi
Chile
Santiago - Business & Culture
Santiago - Liberal Arts
Valparaiso - Language in Context
Valparaiso - Liberal Arts

 

 
China
Beijing - Advanced Chinese Studies
Beijing - Environmental, Cultural & Economic Sustainability
Beijing - Intensive Chinese Language
Beijing - Language & Society
Nanjing - Intensive Chinese Language & Culture
Nanjing
Shanghai - Accelerated Chinese Language
Shanghai - Business, Language, & Culture
Shanghai - China in a Global Context
Beijing - Intensive Chinese Language
Nanjing- Chinese Studies 
Shanghai - Accelerated Chinese Language
Shanghai - Business, Language, & Culture
Shanghai
Costa Rica Monteverde - Sustainability & the Environment
Montevede - Topical Ecology & Conservation

San Jose

Santa Ana
Monteverde - Topical Ecology & Conservation
CONVERSA
Santa Ana
Czech Republic Prague - Central European Studies
Prague - Film Studies
Prague - Communications, New Media & Journalism
Prague - Global Architecture & Design
Prague
Prague - Central European Studies 
Prague
Prague- Communications, New Media and Journalism
Prague/Parie (Multi-Site)- Psychoanalysis and Culture
Prague/Barcelona (Mulit-Site)- Contemporary European Culture
Prague/Seville (Multi-Site)- Communications and New Media
Prague/Paris (Multi-Site)- Art and Architecture 
Prague/Paris (Multi-Site)- Eurpoean Cinema
Prague- Psychology
Denmark Copenhagen Copenhagen
Dominican Republic
Santiago - Liberal Arts
Santiago - Service-Learning
 
Santo Domingo - Liberal Arts
 
Santo Domingo
Santiago - Community Public Health
 
Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo - Sports and Society: Baseball in Context

 

Ecuador Guayaquil
Quito
Guayaquil
Quito
England, United Kingdom
Kingston
London - Arts & Humanities [Goldsmiths]
London - Arts & Sciences (UCL)
London - Arts & Sciences (Westminster)
London - Asian & African Studies (SOAS)
London
Ormskirk
London - Kingston University 
London- British Culture
London/Berlin (Multi-Site)- Communications: Telling the Story
London/Amsterdam (Multi-Site)- Comparative Public Health Systems
France
Paris
Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence - Art Program
Annecy
Nice
Paris - Contemporary French Studies
Paris - Critical & Francophone Studies

Rennes - Liberal Arts
Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence - Art Program 
Angers
Chambéry & Annecy IFALPES 
Nice 
Paris 
Paris/Prague (Mulit-Site)- Psychoanalysis and Culture
Dakar/Paris (Multi-Site); Francophone Studies 
Paris- Language and Culture
Paris/Prague (Multi-Site)- Art and Architecture 
Paris/Prague (Mulit-Site)- European Cinema
Paris/Seville (Mulit-Site)- Religious Diversity in Europe 
Paris- Contemporary Music Creation and Critique
Paris/Berlin (Multi-Site)- History and Memory
Germany
Berlin - Business & Culture
Berlin - Global Architecture & Design
Berlin - Language & Culture
Heidelberg - Intensive Language
Heidelberg - European Studies
Heidelberg
Berlin/London (Mulit-Site)- Communications: Telling the Story
 
Berlin/Paris (Mulit-Site)- History and Memory 
Berlin- Contemporary Germany
Greece Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
Ghana
Legon - Arts & Sciences
Legon - Business, Development & Social Entrepreneurship
Legon - Ghanaian Studies
Hungary Budapest - Central European Studies  
India Chennai
Hyderabad - Arts & Sciences
Chennai
Mumbia- Business and Entrepreneurship
Ireland
Dublin - Arts & Sciences
Galway
Dublin - Engineering, Technology & Society
Maynooth
Limerick
Dublin - Irish Studies 
Galway
Limerick
Dublin/Palma (Multi-Site)- Business and Tourism in Europe
Israel Haifa - Internation Relations, Psychology & Peace and Conflict  
Italy
Ferrara - Language & Culture
Ferrara - Liberal Arts
Florence 
Rome
Tuscania
Rome/Florenece/Tuscania
Venice
Florence 
Rome
Tuscania
Venice
Naples- Italian Studies 
Naples/Alicante (Mulit-Site)- Archeology in the Mediterranean
Naples/Alicante (Multi-Site)- Food and Culture in the Mediterranean
Japan Tokyo - Arts & Sciences
Shinjuku
Tokyo - Japanese Studies
Tokyo
Jordan
Amman - Arabic Language
Amman - Diplomacy & Policy Studies
Amman - Language & Culture

 

Amman - Arabic Language
Amman - Middle East Studies 
Mexico Guanajuato - Spanish Language(Winter Only)
Guanajuato - Liberal Arts

Guadalajara
Guanajuato- Spanish Language (Winter Only)
Guadalajara
Guanajuato - Language and Culture
Morocco Ifrane

Rabat - Language & Culture
Ifrane
Rabat - Language & Culture
Rabat/Seville (Multi Site); International Business(Winter Only)
Namibia Windhoek Windhoek
Netherlands
Groningen - Urban Planning & Society
Amsterdam - Business & Culture
Amsterdam - Social Studies 

 

Amsterdam - Contemporary Netherlands Studies
Amsterdam/London (Multi-Site)- Comparative Public Health Systems
Groningen- Urban Planning and Society
Amsterdam/Barcelona (Multi-Site)- Contemporary Social Issues in Europe
Groningen/Amsterdam (Multi-Site)- Contemprary Netherlands Studies
Groningen/Palma (Multi-Site)- Environmental Issues
New Zealand Auckland
Christchurch
Palmerston North
Waikato
Wellington
 
Nicaragua Managua - Liberal Arts  
Northern Ireland Belfast - Society, Conflict & Peace in Northern Ireland  
Peru Cusco
Lima
Cusco
Poland Warsaw - Central European Studies
Lisbon/Barcelona (Multi-Site)- Iberian Art and Architecture
Portugal Lisbon - Language & Culture Lisbon - Language & Culture
Russia Moscow

St. Petersburg - Russian Area Studies
St. Petersburg - Russian Language
Moscow
St. Petersburg - Language & Culture
St. Peterburg - Russian Language

 

Scotland Dudnee
Stirling
Stirling
Senegal
Dakar - Language and Culture
Dakar - Development Studies
Dakar - Senegalese Studies
Dakar/Paris (Multi Site); Francophone Studies 
South Africa
Cape Town - Arts and Sciences
Cape Town - Service-Learning
Stellenbosch - Sustainability & Community

Cape Town - Community Development & Social Justice
South Korea
Seoul - Arts & Sciences
Seoul - Korean Studies
Spain
Alicante - Language and Culture
Alicante - Language in Context
Alicante - Liberal Arts 
Barcelona - Advanced Liberal Arts
Barcelona - Architecture and Design 
Barcelona - Business and Culture
Barcelona - Language and Culture
Barcelona - Economics & Culture
Barcelona - Global Architecture & Design
Barcelona - Liberal Arts
Madrid - Business, Economics & Culture
Madrid - Engineering & Society
Madrid - Legal Studies
Madrid - Liberal Arts
Palma De Mallorca - Business & Tourism
Palma de Mallorca - Liberal Arts
Seville 
Seville - Advanced Liberal Arts
Seville - Business and Society
Seville - Communications, New Media & Journalism
Seville - International Business and Culture
Seville - Language and Society
Seville - Liberal Arts 
Seville - Teaching Development
Alcalá de Henares - Language and Culture
Alicante - Language and Culture
Barcelona - Language and Culture
Palma de Mallorca - Language and Culture 
Seville/Rabat (Multi Site); International Business (Winter Only)
Seville - Internship
Seville - Language and Culture
Barcelona/Praque (Mulit-Site)- Contemporary European Culture 
Seville/Prague (Multi-Site)- Communications and New Media
Seville/Paris (Mulit-Site)- Religious Diversity in Europe
Seville

Palma/Dublin (Multi-Site)- Business and Tourism in Europe
Alicante/Naples (Mulit-Site)- Archeology in the Mediterranean
Palma/Groningen (Multi-Site)- Environmental Issues
Barcelona/Lisbon (Mulit-Site)- Iberian Art and Architecture
Alicante/Naples (Multi-Site)- Food and Culture in the Mediterranean
Barcelona- Architecture
Barcelona- Business and Culture
Barcelona- Business Intership
Barcelona/Amsterdam (Multi-Site)- Contemporary Social Issues in Europe
Seville- Communications, New Media and Journalism
Palma de Mallorca- Summer Internship
Sweden Uppsala - Arts and Sciences  
Switzerland Lugano Lugano
Taiwan
Taipei - Communications, Business & Political Economy
Taipei - Intensive Chinese Language and Culture
 
Thailand Khon Kaen - Community Public Health
Khon Kaen - Development and Globalization
 
Turkey Istanbul - Language and Culture
Instanbul
Instanbul
Istanbul- Contemporary Turkish Studies 
United Arab Emirates Sharjah - Business, Engineering, Arts and Sciences  
United State of America  
New York City - Global Achitecture and Design

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