San Diego

Congratulations 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 Lessons From Abroad Returnee Conference! 

Saturday, Feb. 21st, 2015, 9:30am – 5:00pm, hosted at Point Loma Nazarene University


Point Loma Nazarene University
2600 Laning Road
San Diego, CA 92106


Online registration is now closed. Interested participants will still be able to register on-site for $20 (cash/check only).



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Conference Schedule

9:30a – 10a Student Check-In Breakfast & Speak with Exhibitors  
10a – 11a Welcome
Keynote Speaker : Derrik Chinn
1115a – 12p Breakout Session 1 Crossing the Border : Mexico Opportunities
    Jobs With Wings: Careers That Allow Travel
    Cultural Competencies Workshop
    Showcasing Your Study Abroad Experience – Resumes / Cover Letters / Interviews
12p – 1p Lunch (Enchilada Buffet) & Opportunities Fair  
115p – 2p Breakout Session 2 The ABCs of Teaching Abroad
    Living an Internationally Focused Life
    Graduate School with an International Twist
    Showcasing Your Study Abroad Experience – Resumes / Cover Letters / Interviews
210p – 255p Breakout Session 3 International Careers for Science, Technology and Business
    Uncharted Territory: Navigating New Faith Questions & Experiences Post-Study Abroad
    Peace Corps
    Showcasing Your Study Abroad Experience – Resumes / Cover Letters / Interviews
3p – 330p Cookie Break  
330p – 430p Film Screening : Le Retour  
430p – 5p Raffle / Photo Contest / Closing  

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.

Keynote speaker

Derrik ChinnIn 2007, Cincinnati native Derrik Chinn did something not unthinkable but definitely abnormal. He moved to Tijuana, Mexico. A former entertainment reporter and photographer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, he now operates Turista Libre, a day-trip company aimed at destigmatizing the border city by ushering foreigners to sights usually reserved for locals. Chinn calls the city “a postmodern mecca of otherworldliness and humble innovation,” adding, “beneath the veil of corruption and violence, Tijuana mesmerizes.”



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