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Wellness and Cultural Exploration: A Journey through Dubai, UAE

Published 05/17/2024 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Simrankaur Wahan | 05/17/2024

Dubai, the treasure of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), represents a unique combination of modernity and tradition. Despite its rapid development and global status as a financial and commercial hub, Dubai remains deeply connected to its Emirati culture, allowing travelers like me to experience a beautiful blend of wellness experiences and local customs. I would like to delve into my recent exploration of wellness and cultural richness in Dubai, emphasizing its transformation into a haven for serenity amidst the bustling metropolitan landscape.


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Indigeneity and Nature in Guatemala

Published 05/14/2024 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Roslyn Rivas | 05/14/2024

In February 2024, I traveled to Guatemala and explored the relationship between the country's natural environment and its Indigenous peoples, not only in Native communities' conservation work, but also in how nature influences Guatemalan culture.



Reflections on Business and Innovation: A Journey through India

Published 05/14/2024 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by David Tang-Quan | 05/14/2024

At the beginning of this year, I wrote about my experiences traveling through Taiwan, particularly regarding my observations on its approach to innovation and my first-hand experience with one of its most innovative startups. This past February, I had the opportunity to travel again in Asia, this time to India, one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world.


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My First Trip to Asia & Learning about Education in Vietnam & Singapore

Published 05/14/2024 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Angelina Calderón | 05/14/2024

March 2024 will be a watershed moment in how I experience the world. My first trip to Asia with fellow Milken Scholar, Yalie and educator Marisol Leon opened up my mind to new adventures and new ways of seeing the role of government in supporting a country’s growth. While we took advantage of the opportunity to eat delicious food and sight see, throughout the trip we took time to learn about Education in Vietnam and Singapore.


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Paris Water Quality and the River Seine

Published 05/14/2024 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Asha Goyal | 05/14/2024

The Seine winds through the heart of Paris, carrying centuries of history and culture. People stroll, boats tour, and buildings look out onto this iconic waterway. The Seine embodies Parisian charm. Paris plans for the river Seine will get its moment to shine on the world stage with the upcoming Olympics. City officials are hoping for the swimming leg of the triathlon event to take place in the Seine. However, there are issues with Paris’s water management that currently make the river unsafe to swim in.



Gollachoot: A New Social Enterprise in Khulna

Published 04/09/2024 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Jahin Rahman | 04/09/2024

Throughout my trip in Bangladesh, I worked for my nonprofit Efforts in Youth Development of Bangladesh (EYDB). We are currently working on a project in Khulna, Bangladesh, related to quality education and sustainable entrepreneurship. We are building a school for 40 slum children who currently do not have acess to quality education.


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Super Sustainability in Spain

Published 04/08/2024 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Zoe Hsu | 04/08/2024

In alignment with the Milken Institute’s commitment to “bring[ing] together the best ideas and innovative resourcing to develop blueprints for tackling some of our most critical global issues,” I traveled to Spain to tackle one of the Milken Institute’s focuses: environmental health.



Influence of Street Art in the United Kingdom

Published 03/15/2024 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Riya Singh | 03/15/2024

As opposed to the art in museums and at exuberantly priced galleries, there is art that the everyday commoner passes by on the daily: street art. The origins of street art are unknown, though the 1960s served as an influential era in a time period where turmoil, unrest, and major social and political changes were underway. Its popularity became an epicenter for opinion and influence (Cowick, 2015). With its public display, and ever changing canvas, street art is an eclectic and powerful medium. Three English cities capture its powerful influence: Brighton, London, and Lewes.