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IFSA-Butler Monitoring Fighting in Areas of Belfast

Violence between opposing political groups has flared up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but IFSA-Butler staff in Northern Ireland do not believe that the fighting will affect fall semester students.

Our Northern Ireland students will begin their programs in two weeks. The violence began over the weekend and is occurring on the edge of Belfast, far from where IFSA-Butler students will be attending orientation and taking classes. Moreover, our staff in Northen Ireland believe that this outbreak of voilence will be over by the time the IFSA-Butler students are due to arrive in Belfast.

We will continue to keep students, parents and advisors updated on this situation as needed.

Students Protest in Santiago, Chile

Thursday, August 9, 2012

High school and university students staged an unauthorized protest Wednesday, August 8, in downtown Santiago, Chile. The IFSA-Butler resident director notified program participants via email on Tuesday night in anticipation of the events. Students were provided instructions on how to stay safe and avoid the protest marches, including specific locations and subway lines to avoid. IFSA-Butler program classes and most university classes were suspended for the day. Classes are to resume this morning as scheduled.

Ernesto Passes through the Yucatán

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ernesto Passes through the Yucatán

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded Hurricane Ernesto to a tropical storm as it made landfall on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula last night. Tropical storm Ernesto passed across the peninsula at Majahual, an ecological resort south of Cancun and southeast of Mérida, where the IFSA-Butler program is located. Our onsite resident director confirmed that Mérida only experienced constant rain and winds. The IFSA-Butler Mérida program will run as planned with students arriving on August 15.

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Hurricane Ernesto to make landfall in the Yucatán

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hurricane Ernesto to make landfall in the Yucatán

Tropical Storm Ernesto, headed toward the Mexico-Belize border region of the Yucatán Peninsula, has been recently upgraded to a category 1 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch for the northern peninsula, where the IFSA-Butler Mérida program is located, and a hurricane watch for the southern part of the peninsula. Ernesto is estimated to make landfall later this evening and weaken as it travels across the Yucatán. IFSA-Butler will continue to monitor Ernesto’s progress and provide relevant updates. The IFSA-Butler fall semester program in Mérida is scheduled to begin on August 15.

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Small Volcanic Eruption on New Zealand's North Island

Monday, August 06, 2012

IFSA-Butler is closely monitoring the unexpected volcanic eruption that took place on New Zealand's North Island this morning at 7:50 a.m. ET (11:50 p.m. in New Zealand). This small eruption was the first in over 100 years for Mt. Tongariro, which is located over 100 miles from the North Island cities of Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington. Students have been notified by our resident staff to avoid the central part of the North Island as there are many road closures due to volcanic ash and poor visibility. Classes and university activities are running according to schedule as the volcanic eruption did not disrupt daily life in any of the IFSA-Butler program locations.

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Feel free to contact IFSA-Butler at 800-858-0229 if you have any questions or concerns.

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