Thanks for visiting!

This project is now in update mode. Check back regularly to see how things are progressing.

The Italian Experience

The Italian Experience: Come Hell or High Water
Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
5 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on February 28, at 11:59 PM EST
Project Owners

Study Abroad in Italy

In 2022, I realized my career dream and raised a record $50,000 to pay for 20 deserving Salem State University students to study abroad in Greece.  The experience was life-changing for all participants, and one which I will never forget.  I smile each time I think of the constant laughter coming from my students' hotel rooms, and I will soon have the honor of officiating the wedding of former study abroad students who were engaged in Delphi.      

Please see select testimonials (from postcards my students presented to me at our final dinner in Athens) below:

I don't think there are words to express how grateful I am for this experience.  Not only was this the trip of a lifetime, but I also feel like I've gained friends I never would have, with like-minded people.  You somehow found a way to bring 20 strangers together and create a family.  Not only is this something I will never forget, but it is something I will always cherish.

- Courtney D., Class of 2024

For once, I don't even have the words to say to express just how grateful I am for everything you have done for all of us on this trip, in this class, and for how much better you have helped me become as a person.  I've dreamt of coming to Greece since I was 8 years old.  I could never truly imagine it then, but now I can't picture being here with anyone but this amazing group.  I know that it was your dream to take a class to Greece, and I want to thank you for letting me be a part of your dream team.  I can't wait to see what the future holds now as a traveler, a Philosophy major, or as a person, but I know for certain I want you and your classes to be part of it.  Like I said, we all came for the trip, but we stay because we love you. 

- Natalie F., Class of 2024

Thank you for the best experience of my life.  College is a huge milestone, and this story will always come up.  As a future educator, you have inspired me in more ways than possible. Taking your class was the best decision I made in college.  You are the teacher that made me feel most comfortable.  I will tell stories of this experience and the impact you had on me forever to my future students and children.

- Ashley R., Class of 2023

Upon our return from Greece, I was offered the opportunity to lead a study abroad program every Spring semester.  I immediately began fundraising for Paris, and my group traveled in March 2023.  Please see testimonials from what was yet another life-changing experience below.

I never thought that I would have the opportunity to travel to Paris while I was still in college. Shortly after arriving in Paris, I fell in love with the beautiful city and all that it had to offer.  Studying abroad has allowed me to become more independent, step out of my comfort zone, and learn more about who I am as a person.  Studying abroad is one of the best things I have done, as it has allowed me to make unforgettable memories and lifelong friends.

- Jordyn L., Class of 2024

To My Study Abroad Family: From the mountains of Delphi to the depths of the Catacombs, you've been shoulders to cry on (and sleep on), walls to vent to, hands to hold, artists and students and muses and bodyguards and everything in between.  I had no idea how meaningful this Paris trip would turn out to be, but every day brought a new adventure along with the next reason to ruin my makeup.  And all of it is thank to you bunch of crazy Philosophy people.  I love you all.  Thank you for being you.  I am forever inspired by your strength and wisdom and ability to be endlessly silly.

- Katy R., Class of 2025

My Study Abroad in Italy group has raised just over $2,000 so far between Crowdfunding and events at PZA, Flatbread, Bit Bar, and Chipotle, and on campus.   As you can see, we are not simply looking for handouts.  However, I would appreciate your help in extend this amazing opportunity to as many deserving students as possible.

Thank you for supporting my students!


Mandy Lobraico

Choose a giving level


Administration Fee

Each student is required to pay a $50 administration fee to the Center of International Education.


Group Tips

Your donation will be used for group transfer and tour tips. Excludes personal food and drink tipping.



Students will travel to Siena by rail. Your donation will help cover group travel, meal, and attraction expenses.


Group Dinner

We reserved a 32-person table at a Florentine restaurant. Your donation will help pay for student meals and make our server's life so much easier.


Program Deposit

Each student is required to pay a $600 program deposit. We have scheduled several fundraising events to lower the final program balance of approximately $1500 per student.


Sponsor a Student

Make a student's dream come true by gifting them a study abroad trip to Italy!

Our Crowdfunding Groups