BTE Student Stories

Student Ambassador Olivia Garbett

Olivia proudly represented Leeds, a community in the UK, at ABTS 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, as a Student Ambassador. While there, she learned about Portuguese culture while studying Intercultural Fluency. She earned a digital badge for her efforts. Here’s what she had to say about ABTS and BTE:

My Favorite BTE memory is…

My favorite BTE memory is coming on the ABTS trip to Portugal, because I went out of my comfort zone and made international friendships that I hope will last a long time. Also I really enjoyed learning about different cultures, beliefs, and how to speak to individuals who speak Spanish, not English.

To me, BTE has meant…

To me, BTE has meant that my confidence can grow. I can become a better person and most importantly improve on relevant skills for my career in healthcare such as interpersonal, collaboration, and communication skills.

The most important thing I will take away from BTE is…

The most important thing that I will take away from BTE is that not everyone is going to university and that’s okay. There are people to guide, support, and assist you no matter what. BTE has also taught me that individuality is the best thing to have.

Thanks to my time in BTE and at ABTS, in the future I will…

Thanks to my time in BTE and at ABTS, in the future I will always talk to people when I’m out of my comfort zone because that can make you feel a lot more comfortable. I will also grab every opportunity I’m given because it may somehow benefit me.


We are proud to award Olivia a digital badge in Intercultural Fluency for her work at ABTS 2018. She showed improvement in skills allowing one to work with people from other cultures. These are:

  1. Show Curiosity
  2. Recognize and challenge one’s own cultural biases
  3. Appreciate Diverse Perspectives
  4. Demonstrate Self Awareness