San Diego

San Diego planning committee 2014Congratulations on your recent voyage abroad!  We know you are excited and brimming with stories of your experiences abroad and insights into your host country’s culture.  Might you be looking for a captive audience with whom to share those experiences, or are you seeking new ways to study, travel, or work abroad again?  If so, then we invite you to attend the San Diego Lessons From Abroad Returnee Conference.  Don’t miss the 2017 LFA San Diego Conference on February 12, 2017!


Students, exhibitors, and sponsors can register for LFA San Diego here. 


2017 Conference Schedule

9:30-10:00 am: Registration and Opportunities Fair

10:00-11:00 am: Welcome and Keynote Speaker

11:00-11:45 am: Career Workshop

11:45 am-1:10 pm: Networking Lunch, Opportunities Fair, & Poster Sessions

1:10-2:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions 1

2:10-3:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions 2

3:10-3:30 pm: Closing Cookie Ceremony and Raffle

4:00 pm: Closing Cookie Ceremony


Conference highlights include:

  • Meeting other recent study abroad returnees from all over Southern California
  • Hearing from dynamic and motivating keynote speakers
  • Learning how to talk about your newly acquired global skills in a job interview
  • Discovering how you can work or study abroad after graduation
  • Networking with professionals working in internationally-focused jobs
  • Staying connected to and sharing stories about your study abroad experience

This is a great opportunity to network with other students and professionals.  We ask that you dress business casual and bring several copies of your resume.


LFA San Diego 2017 Keynote Speaker

Brooke Roberts is a successful entrepreneur, podcaster, speaker, and global+local adventurer who believes that everyone has the power to find their own path and choose their own adventure in work and life. She’s the founder and CEO of Inside Study Abroad and Yoga Travel Tree; and co-founder of The Study Abroad Journal (a #1 New Release on Amazon).

Brooke has given talks at events around the world including a TEDx Talk all about saying yes to opportunity despite fear, family, and not feeling ready.

Born in a sleepy farm town in rural Kansas, she left home at age 18 and has been chasing her dreams over the rainbow, around the world, and back again ever since. From intern to senior executive to entrepreneur and CEO, Brooke is dedicated to teaching others how to build soulful, thriving careers and businesses from anywhere in the world that capitalize on their unique skills, expertise, and passions.

Poster Contest

If you did research or a volunteer project abroad, consider presenting your work as part of the conference poster session. To sign up, or receive more information about this opportunity, email

Photo Contest

All attendees are invited to enter the photo contest! Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries as well as the conference favorite.

Winners from the 2016 photo contest:

Maysam Ardestani Category: Captivated by Culture

Photographer: Maysam Ardestani
Category: Captivated by Culture



Kristin Barnhart Category: Global Citizenship

Photographer: Kristin Barnhart
Category: Global Citizenship

Photographer: Haley Aguilar Category: Finding Home

Photographer: Haley Aguilar
Category: Finding Home

























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Contact Us

We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please email us at

The Lessons From Abroad San Diego Planning Committee