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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 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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Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Culture, Feature, International Education, Interviews, Scholarships, Study Abroad, Travel, Travel Profiles, Volunteer Abroad |

Rotary Scholars on Travel, International Exchange, and Service

Rotary Scholars on Travel, International Exchange, and Service

Rotary is an international service organization that has been sponsoring international exchanges since the 1940’s. The video above and the responses below are from Rotary scholars who are alumni of the Rotary High School Exchange (Shivaun and Ines), Ambassadorial Scholarship (Heather and Samantha), and Peace Fellowship (Chris). To learn more about Rotary and Rotary international exchanges, visit www.rotary.org. Why were you interested in studying in another country? Shivaun: Initially, when I signed up to be a youth ambassador with Rotary International, I didn’t know much about the rest of the World, but I knew I wanted to (part of me also didn’t want to be contained to my small Midwestern hometown anymore).  After being placed in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, for a year as a youth ambassador, I knew being interested in other cultures would always be an essential aspect of my life. Chris: It had been almost 10 years since my first experiences studying abroad as an undergraduate.  I was interested in having a graduate experience overseas, I...

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 in Feature, Most Popular, Scholarships, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning, Work Abroad |

Nine Ways to Fund Travel

Nine Ways to Fund Travel

I hear so many people say, “Oh I wish I could travel” without realizing that most people actually can. Travel requires an investment of time, money and energy, but so does buying a new car or throwing a party. Most of the nine topics below will be covered in-depth in the coming weeks, but what better time to start thinking about funding travel than the new year? Crowdfund (Fundraise) Crowdfunding travel puts a new spin on an old concept (fundraising) and gives anyone who wants to travel with a purpose a new tool to garner support (financial and otherwise) from their community and social networks. Travel crowdfunding websites like Project Travel, Fund My Travel, and Volunteer Forever are available to anyone who wants to travel to study, intern, volunteer, or teach. More general crowdfunding sites like IndieGoGo allow you to crowdfund even a vacation or personal journey. Check out these travel crowdfunding websites, read the FAQs, and set up a travel campaign page to get started. Tip! Most of...

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