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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 Sep 8, 2013 in Feature, International Education, Study Abroad, technology and travel, Travel |

5 Ways to Use Social Media to Tell Your Study Abroad Story

5 Ways to Use Social Media to Tell Your Study Abroad Story

Social media provides dynamic spaces to share your study abroad story. That story begins the moment you decide to go and continues long after you return home. The idea is not to be glued to your computer all day but to thoughtfully use social media to engage your community throughout your study abroad experience.  1. Curate Your Study Abroad Story Curation means carefully choosing, creating, and sharing visually or conceptually interesting content via a distribution outlet, in this case, social media. People gravitate towards content that conveys particular themes, messages, or moods but tend to ignore an information dump. (A classic example of an info-dump is the rambling travelogue…. “Then I did this and went here and saw this and met so and so.”) Try one of the following or come up with your own idea (and share it with us below in the comments!) Take a photograph every day of a part of your daily routine (ie taking a bus to class, going to market, etc.) and put it...

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Guest Post, International Education, Scholarships, Study Abroad, Travel |

Funding Study Abroad is Possible!

Funding Study Abroad is Possible!

This is a guest post by Victoria Mita, Director of FundMyTravel. See her full bio at the end of her guest post! I’m not rich but I studied abroad. So can you, if you really want to! My family raised me with an interest in different cultures. My grandmother sent me to a French Language camp every summer and I was brought up with the attitude that if you want something enough you can put in the time and effort to make it happen. For most people, the question is no longer whether or not you can study abroad but where to find the funding? How badly do you want to study abroad? If you’re willing to make the commitment to yourself to see this thing through, there are many resources available for you. I’d like to make a case for fundraising, scholarships, and financial aid. Old School Fundraising Fundraising has been around for ages for good reason. It is an effective, efficient and beneficial way to raise funds and create...

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Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Guest Post, International Education, Teach Abroad, Travel |

Teaching English Abroad: Convincing Your Parents, Loved Ones & Friends

Teaching English Abroad: Convincing Your Parents, Loved Ones & Friends

A school year in most countries lasts 8-9 months. If you decide that teaching English abroad in a foreign country is for you, you should expect to spend this much time away from home, friends, and family. This certainly isn’t an easy decision to make under any circumstances. However by having the proper mindset, you can effectively convince not only your friends and family, but yourself as well, that this is the right decision. Here are the top three selling points you can use to convince your family and friends that teaching abroad is the right decision: 1) Personal Growth/Development  It isn’t easy to grow up. Having a job and making your own life choices can be a very liberating and rewarding experience, but it can also be tough. Going abroad alone is one of the most effective ways to jumpstart the transition towards adulthood. If the opportunity (and the destination) is right, go for it. At the very least, teaching abroad will allow you to find out who you are and what you want out of life....

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Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Change, Guest Post, International Education, Study Abroad, Travel |

3 Reasons I Loved Studying Music Abroad

3 Reasons I Loved Studying Music Abroad

I love music, and I love to travel!  Who doesn’t?  So imagine how excited I was when I had the amazing opportunity to study music abroad.  Studying music abroad opened up my opportunities, my creativity, and my understanding of music in general.  Although there were trying times (language barriers, homesickness, etc), the pros far outweighed the cons.  I heartily encourage anyone who has the opportunity to study abroad to take it!  To show you what I mean, here are three reasons I loved studying music abroad. Professional Contacts From a career standpoint, studying music abroad was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.  I met many new people and was able to make substantial professional connections which have helped me greatly.  Having experience in a foreign country looks great on a resume.  It shows that I have cultural awareness, am not afraid of being in a new place, and am open to new experiences.  It also gives an added benefit of having professional references that span the globe! ...

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Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Feature, Free Resources, International Education, Relocation, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad |

Discover Your Travel Goals, Expectations, & Fears

Discover Your Travel Goals, Expectations, & Fears

Travel planning is an important part of any travel experience, even for spontaneous types. Many people have the desire to travel but struggle to know where to get good information, who to ask for advice, and how to ask the right questions. Start the journey by gauging your own travel goals, expectations, and fears. At the end, you will have an option to follow up with The Traveling Advisor if you wish. If not, use this as an opportunity to get a better pulse on your travel...

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