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mentor picture Danilo Bonilla
 
Danilo Bonilla
International Programs Counselor
UCLA Education Abroad Program
I was born in Quito, Ecuador and lived there until the age of seven. My family and I moved to Southern California and have been living in the Ventura and Los Angeles Counties ever since. After graduating from high school, I... I was born in Quito, Ecuador and lived there until the age of seven. My family and I moved to Southern California and have been living in the Ventura and Los Angeles Counties ever since. After graduating from high school, I participated on an international cultural exchange program called “Open Doors” in Milan, Italy. The program placed me with a couple of host families during the summer to experience the Italian culture and language. After that summer, I started my university career at Ventura Community College. I studied there for a couple of years and then transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). During my second year at UCLA, I studied abroad in Siena and Padua, Italy through the University of California’s Education Abroad Program (EAP). I lived in Italy for one year and within that year I traveled throughout Western and Eastern Europe. After returning from my experience abroad, I finished up my bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in International Relations. Then, I started working for UCLA EAP. I first started out as a student worker and then became an advisor/counselor for the program. I have been working for UCLA EAP since 1996 as the advisor for “EAP Reciprocity Students” (international exchange students) and advising/ counseling for study abroad programs in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Italy and Mexico.

Responses

  1. I think study and travel abroad has helped me and is continuing to help me in many ways. The simple fact that I have met many people from different countries has been extremely valuable to me. I have learned so much by interacting with people who have different perspectives and opinions. It has helped me understand that there are many ways of doing things, that no one way is right or wrong. There are, quite simply, different ways of thinking. It has helped me respect and understand other people’s points of view. I think that interaction with different people is one of the basic keys to having a happy and successful life, whether it is a career, a relationship or anything else. In my job, I’m responsible for recruiting, advising and orienting students. There are both UCLA students and international students and come from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds. As an advisor/counselor I need to be able to interact with these students effectively to discuss topics such as academics, health, safety, finances and cultural issues. All my past experience traveling and studying abroad has helped me perform my job well. In addition, it has helped me interact with not only students, but faculty members, staff, colleagues and supervisors. I am currently still interested in traveling, studying and working abroad. My past experiences have made me want to learn even more. In summary, I think study and travel abroad can be a driving force and a source of motivation to pursuing one’s goals in life.
    7 answers – Personal
  2. One of things that sparked my interest was the experience of moving from Ecuador to California. Another thing was that my high school hosted several international exchange students every year. There were some teachers and students that believed these exchange students were an asset to the high school and integrated them through active class room participation and social events. There were some families and teachers that also hosted these exchange students, including my own family. We hosted two students. It was during high school that I became interested in pursuing a career in study abroad. As I mentioned before, my first official travel abroad experience through a program was during the summer after graduating from high school. Soon after starting my university career, I started taking foreign language courses. I started with French in high school and continued taking it during my first couple of years in college. Then, I also became interested in taking another Romance language, Italian. It eventually led me to study in Italy for one year. During the time that I have been working for EAP, I have had the opportunity to travel to some of our partner universities and cities abroad. Some countries that I have visited are Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Uruguay. All of the traveling and my work with international students motivated me to learn more and be more involved with people who have had experiences abroad. For example, I started to get involved in an international student club. In addition, my past experiences abroad motivated me to try to learn yet another romance language. This time I’m trying to learn Portuguese.
    9 answers – Personal
  3. 3 answers – For Hispanic/ Latin@
  4. This administrator urges others in the field to have an awareness of the issues underrepresented students face, in addition to being knowledgeable about their study abroad programs.

    9 answers – For African Americans – For Asian/ Pacific Americans – For Hispanic/ Latin@ – For Native Americans
  5. Listen to an education abroad counselor's advice on doing outreach for underrepresented students.
    5 answers – For African Americans – For Asian/ Pacific Americans – For Hispanic/ Latin@ – For Native Americans


  6. Observe a este Mentor explicar como estudiar en el extranjero puede ayudar a su carrera en el futuro.
    1 respuestas – Motivos personales – Motivos relacionados con la carrera – Consejos Utiles



  7. Hear this mentor discuss how communicating overseas has become easier and less costly.
    5 answers – While Abroad


  8. Hear this mentor’s advice for parents on what to expect from their child when they return from abroad.
    3 answers – Re-Adjusting to Home



  9. Escuche a este Mentor explicar la importancia de la planeación previa al viaje para estudiar en el extranjero.
    1 respuestas – Decidiéndose por un programa – Preocupaciones: antes de salir – Asuntos relacionados con la seguridad – Motivos personales – Motivos relacionados con la carrera – Consejos Utiles


  10. Escuche a este mentor aconsejar a los padres a que se sientan tranquilos al enfrentar el viaje de su hijo/a a estudiar al extranjero.
    2 respuestas – Preocupaciones: antes de salir – Alojamiento – Salud – Asuntos relacionados con la seguridad – Consejos Utiles


  11. Escuche a este Mentor explicar la importancia que tiene que los padres alienten a los hijos a buscar becas.
    1 respuestas – Organizando su presupuesto – Como costear/financiar – Decidiéndose por un programa – Preocupaciones: antes de salir – Consejos Utiles


  12. Escuche acerca de la importancia que tiene que padres e hijos se comuniquen y se ayuden mutuamente antes del realizar el viaje para estudiar en el extranjero
    1 respuestas – Como costear/financiar – Decidiéndose por un programa – Preocupaciones: antes de salir – Preocupaciones: durante la estadía – Alojamiento – Salud – Asuntos relacionados con la seguridad – Motivos personales – Motivos relacionados con la carrera – Consejos Utiles


  13. Escuche a este Mentor explicar la importancia de estudiar en el extranjero.
    1 respuestas – Motivos personales – Motivos relacionados con la carrera – Consejos Utiles
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