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Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Culture, Feature, Guest Post, Teach Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning, Work Abroad |

Making the Most of Teaching English in Thailand

Making the Most of Teaching English in Thailand

This is a guest post by Robert Oakden. See his profile below! Congratulations on deciding to explore the world! Thailand is a truly stunning country, with a fascinating culture and friendly population – not to mention the weather. In fact, we’re starting to get a little jealous of your adventure – can we come too? Spending a year teaching abroad isn’t the same simply traveling. There are similar perks, but being a TEFL teacher is a job and possibly the start of a career. So before you pack us into your suitcase, here are some tips on how to make the most of your time teaching abroad. Get qualified Strictly speaking, it is possible to get a teaching job without a certification, however, a TEFL qualification is a fantastic way to learn the trade and it will certainly make getting a position easier. There are plenty of online courses to choose from that you can complete in your own time over the course of around six months, or you can opt to complete an...

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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 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 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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Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Blog, Change, Teach Abroad, Travel, Volunteer Abroad |

Give Heart, Give Hope

Give Heart, Give Hope

Stories change us. It is why we tell them to children to teach them about how to live life. It is why we share them with our friends. It is why we blog. This week, I was touched by the stories told by Ellen Hartman and her friends. Ellen volunteered in Moshi, Tanzania through Cross-Cultural Solutions and formed powerful bonds with the women and children of the Jipo Moyo center and the Hard Life artists. She has kept in touch with her friends which grew into a partnership called Give Heart, Give Hope. Even though I see Ellen on a regular basis, I had no idea how much her time in Tanzania impacted her life. This is a curious thing about travel. It is difficult to convey how the experience inspired permanent change in us. We simply live the changes and tell our stories. I was also touched by the photos, videos, and blogs written about people who come from very different worlds but still found ways to communicate,...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Blog, Culture, Feature, Free Resources, International Education, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, technology and travel, Travel, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad |

Best Travel Websites: Top Picks from The Traveling Advisor

Best Travel Websites: Top Picks from The Traveling Advisor

Travel websites are as common these days as hidden airline fees. How do you decide which ones to visit? I have selected my favorite travel website and shared them with you here. In order to land a spot in my top travel website list, I asked myself the following four questions: Does this website help me plan for my travels? Does this website challenge me to think about how or why I travel? Does this website connect me to interesting people, ideas, images, and places? Does this website appeal to me in general? Two tips on finding your own favorite travel websites; Don’t waste time on outdated sites or websites that try to sell you something every 30 seconds. On the other hand, sometimes it is worth paying experts or professionals to help you with a particular aspect of your journey. Click away and happy travels through the web! Best Overall Travel Website and Network: Matador Network What I like most about Matador Network is the excellent writing. This...

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