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Panrimo Study Abroad Programs in France
Interview with Haley Daignault, Panrimo France alum
GO: Why did you decide to study abroad with Panrimo in France?
Haley: I work as a study abroad student adviser at SVSU and have quite a bit of knowledge about each of the companies I had to choose from. I had talked to Panrimo various times about my program opportunities and they were always very friendly and willing to answer even the simplest questions that I had. I had been on an itinerary based program before and I wasn't looking for that again. I really wanted the opportunity to explore on my own and grow as an individual while still knowing that Panrimo was there if something were to go wrong. I appreciated their expertise and quickly responses and from there, the rest is history.
GO: What made studying in France a unique and special experience?
Haley: My grandparents are French and have always encouraged all the grandchildren to travel and take French. So when I began my Freshman year of high school I begin classes. I continued to grow and progress with the language and finally decided that I needed to just go and see for myself what it is really like. I also am an International Business major and this program offered the opportunity for me to take International Business Electives to satisfy my degree requirement. I have always wanted to experience France and feel so grateful I finally got that opportunity.
GO: How did this experience impact your academic development?
Haley: This experience has opened my eyes to the world around me. I like to think that I have always been a global thinker and a travel enthusiast. However, this experience taught me a great deal about the differences between American business and European Business. It gave me more insight into the different viewpoints of people and why they think the way they do. I like to think that I am more culturally sensitive and a globally aware citizen. Finally, my experience has taught me the importance of being aware of more than just what is effecting you directly. I have learned to submerse myself in a foreign culture and adapt with success. How many people can say that?
Panrimo is a company born of a friendship established between co-founders Paul and Tony while studying at Western Michigan University. Because of their mutual interests in travel, seeing new places, and the desire to avoid a monotonous college life, Paul and Tony put their heads together to come up with "Panrimo." Described as "an odd name for a serious decision," it salutes both Pangea (yes, the super connected super continent!) and the Latin word for explore, "rimo," thus denoting their underlying message- travel better, in a world that's connected better.
Panroamer alumni are guaranteed lifetime admittance into the Panrimo Travel Club - this includes access to free airport pick up in Panrimo's host countries, access to Panrimo coordinators in partner cities, letters of recommendation from the founders, visa and passport assistance, international travel advice, and access to Panrimo's excursions and cultural immersion activities - for life!