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Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Blog, Change, Feature, Travel |

Dear X, You Changed My Life

Dear X, You Changed My Life

This is an open letter to people I met through my study, volunteer, and work experiences across more than a dozen countries over the last decade. These individuals impacted me in a profound way but will likely never know it. Dear … Joel, We sat down on overturned buckets in a slum on the outskirts of Lima, Peru and talked for a few hours. I was 17 and I thought I had something to say to you about truth and life. You did not correct me. Instead, you created a crack in my worldview by sharing your story and asking me thoughtful questions. Years later, I finally understood that my ignorance, arrogance, and good intentions blinded me to reality. I have never forgotten. Zachary, I read your interview in the university newspaper as the first openly gay student president at the University of South Carolina. I kept that article for some time and thought about it for years. You were clear, unapologetic, and gracious towards those who mistreated you...

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Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Blog, Change, Feature, Relocation |

So Long 2013! You Kicked Me Right in the Pants and for that, I Thank You.

So Long 2013! You Kicked Me Right in the Pants and for that, I Thank You.

2013 gave me two choices– expand or break. It was an exhilarating, frustrating, exhausting year and I’ve never grown so quickly personally or professionally in just 365 days. I lived in four different states, become co-founder of a startup company, and made Boulder, CO home. Here are the highlights! Living in 4 Different States. For the better part of 2013 I didn’t know where I lived, at least, I didn’t where my ‘real’ home was. It’s a struggle for all nomadic souls. Chicago, Illinois In early 2013, I packed my bags and headed to the Windy City to work with the Project Travel team for 8 weeks. I fell in love with Chicago’s architecture, L Train, museums, and big-city bustle. I realized, however, that I wouldn’t ever choose to live in a big city long-term. After years questioning whether or not I could hack it in Manhattan, London, or Chicago the answer was right there in front of me–I need quiet, natural and untamed spaces, trails, sea or rock faces nearby....

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Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Blog, Feature |

Nice, France (a poem)

Nice, France (a poem)

  confined between the shores of europe and africa the mediterranean watches the affairs of men from a neighborly distance caring nothing for the flash and pomp of the cars and casinos but only of the sun dancing across her back and when the markets drain and the children scatter and day surrenders to the ink of night the sea glows hot in the dying light...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Blog, Feature, International Education, Scholarships, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad |

How to Choose an International Program

How to Choose an International Program

During my time as a study abroad advisor, I was frequently asked the question, Which program is better? There are no “right” or “wrong” choices when choosing an international program*, only different outcomes and consequences. Ask these 10 questions to determine which international program is right for you. *Choose an international program through a reputable organization that offers international programs! If you don’t know any reputable programs, check out GoAbroad.com or GoOverseas.com. 1. Why am I traveling?  Write down every reason you can think of as to why you are interested in traveling, studying, working, or volunteering abroad. Maybe you want to see a new place, learn a new language, or know what it is like to live outside of the country. This is good, keep going. Are you trying to accomplish something through traveling that you cannot accomplish at home? Was there a particular moment, conversation, person, or idea that inspired you to pursue an international opportunity? What are your goals? Are you trying to get away from something...

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Blog, Change |

jacksonville (a poem)

jacksonville (a poem)

I wrote this poem in 2008 while living in Jacksonville, Florida and waiting to move to Northern Ireland. Five years later, I am about to make my next move and felt it appropriate to revisit this poem.   this city is a holding cell neither point A or B just somewhere along the line   this city is white noise I am in an extended layover waiting for the next...

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Blog, Guest Post |

12 Tips for Travel Blogging

12 Tips for Travel Blogging

This is a guest post written by Elsa Thomasma of GoAbroad. See her bio below! Travel blogging can become an extremely valuable resource for a traveler to share experiences with family and friends back home, raise funds for trips or charitable causes, serve as a travel guide for other potential travelers, and gain exposure as an up-and-coming writer. But writing a successful travel blog requires effort. The following 12 tips for travel blogging give suggestions to make a travel blog more enticing, easy to read, and frequently shared. 1. Write what you want to write (your audience will self-select!). Keep your blog authentic: write for yourself, write for personal growth, and write to create a testimony of what you experience in your travels. 2. Update friends and family. It is often difficult to keep everyone up to date with personal emails, phone calls, or the like, so travel blogging is a great way to update family and friends all at once on what you are doing and experiencing while abroad. 3. Share on Social Media. Share your...

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