Sara and her team were faced with communication challenges between themselves and the natives throughout the IQP experience. Her inability to communicate effectively pushed her to study the language and work hard to connect with the locals, both verbally and through body language. Her team was ultimately able to complete a field study in southern Albania where many of the people spoke little or no English.
Overall, Sara gained a greater sense of independence from her time in Albania, and is no longer afraid to try things on her own. She learned a great deal about traveling safely and became more comfortable with the idea of being alone and still thriving in a new, unfamiliar environment.