Paula Levitt

Programs Manager

plevitt@ucdavis.edu

It is a beautiful thing when a career and passion come together. I love travel. More accurately, I love and appreciate the opportunities and experiences that come with being abroad. I have visited, worked, or studied in 45 countries and 6 continents, but this fun fact is so much more than a checkbox of where I’ve been and where I’d like to go next.

While traveling, I enjoy taking cooking classes, volunteering, going to festivals, people watching, and talking to locals. These intercultural interactions with taxi drivers, homestay families, children and shop owners have expanded my learning way more than any travel book. I also love playing volleyball, roller derby (Go Sac City Rollers!), hula-hooping, singing, laughing, dancing and creating new recipes using my UC Davis weekly farm box.

As an undergrad, I attended UC San Diego where my love for Study Abroad began. I studied for a year through UCEAP to the University of Stirling in beautiful Scotland. After college, I worked in education and prioritized going abroad whenever I could. This led me to combine my enthusiasm for education and all things international with a Master’s Degree in International Education from the School for International Training (SIT Graduate Institute) in Vermont.

International highlights include:
  • Site visit to India for the Public Health in New Delhi and Primary Care in Rural Himalayas program to visit UC Davis Students and CFHI program provider.  (July, 2014)
  • Trekked over 15,000 feet in Nepal to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake for the full moon festival (August, 2014) 
  • 10-year study abroad reunion trip back to England and Scotland to reunite with friends (May, 2014)
  • Explored and promoted Australia's Great Barrier Reef for a BBC documentary as a freelance travel writer for ninemsn.com.au (Feb-Mar, 2012)
  • Toured Israel on a heritage trip as a mentor for participants with special needs (Jan, 2012)
  • Advised over 600 college students on travel opportunities as I circumnavigated the world on a ship with Semester at Sea.  Led 20 overnight and day trips for students, staff and faculty, including a safari trip in South Africa and a camel trek to a nomadic desert camp in Morocco. (July-December, 2011)
  • Backpacked throughout Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam (Jan-Mar 2011)
  • Studied Intercultural Communication in Turkey and participated in two homestays (Jan, 2011)
  • Taught English in South Korea in a small agricultural town (July 2010-June 2011)
  • Hiked 220 miles in northern Spain on El Camino De Santiago cultural pilgrimage (Aug, 2009)
  • Volunteered in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile at farms and schools (Sept-Dec 2007)
  • Observed nature's miracles on a boat trip to the Galapagos Islands (Sept, 2007)
  • Protected sea turtles in Costa Rica and traveled to Nicaragua and Panama (July-Sept 2006)