There may come a time when you decide to go abroad with a romantic partner or spouse, or when you decide to go and freelance abroad, without a fixed plan or contract. Perhaps your partner has received an overseas contract, and you are going to accompany him or her. Or perhaps you have saved a small amount of money and want to try living and working abroad as a freelancer. Being in this position has its advantages and disadvantages. You have more freedom, but less structure. This Quick Guide will help you get oriented and make a plan for yourself, regardless of why you find yourself abroad... Read the full article
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Katie's short-term adventure to Greece gives insight into the ideal go-abroad mentality: openness, eagerness and a sense of humor. Katie planned her trip well in advance, giving herself the time and freedom to make sure she was prepared and in the right mindset to make the most of her weeks abroad. Take a look at her full story right here. Been abroad? Tell us about it!
As soon as you decide to move abroad, you’ll need to start building up your knowledge base – both about your destination country and about what to expect when immersing yourself in a new culture. This section provides tips on pre-departure preparation, culture shock and specific practical concerns.Top Tips Learn before you leave: As soon as you have decided to move abroad, you should start an intense period of reading and researching your host country. Language, food, politics, culture – all of these things should be on your list! Prepare yourself for the possibility of culture shock... Read the full article
For Ashley, studying in Spain was about more than school and language learning – it was about engaging completely with a foreign culture, opening herself up to as many new experiences as possible and overcoming the challenges associated with being far from home. Ashley’s story discusses how she dealt with culture shock and made her study abroad experience a success. Read more in the Stories from Abroad section. Been abroad? Tell us about it!
If law is your field, but you're committed to having an international career, Public International Law could be a good focus area for you.Top Tips So, what is PIL? Broadly, it is a distinct legal regime, the rules of which are derived from international treaties, customary law and general principles of international law. Understanding PIL can open many doors: Governments, NGOs, IGOs, multinational corporations, international criminal courts and multinational law firms all have a need for international lawyers. The right school can make all the difference: If possible, you will want to... Read the full article
Being able to describe other cultures is a key component of an International IQ. What you might not realize is that it’s equally important to be able to describe and analyze your own culture objectively. Check out our Quick Guide on this topic here.
Paméla's experience in the hospitality industry (combined with her love of travel and her willingness to be flexible) landed her a long-term work placement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There, she built her cross-cultural skills and boosted her employer's business. Check out her story here. Been abroad? Tell us about it!
Teaching English Abroad gives you all the basics about one of the most popular short-term professions abroad. You’ll learn who can teach, how to get hired and why it’s a great career move if you are just starting out. When you’ve read the articles in this section and explored its associated resource lists, you’ll have all the information and tools you need to head overseas and start working internationally as an English teacher. You’ll know what the benefits and detriments are and you’ll have a sense of whether it’s right for you.Top Tips Teaching English can take you anywhere in the... Read the full article
Do you recognize Lindsey's face from the MyWorldBlog? If you do, it's because she's done some serious traveling -- and continues to plan international adventures. This time, she reported to us about her time as an English teacher in Georgia.
Read more in the Stories from Abroad section. Been abroad? Tell us about it!
Job Hunting When You Return is a short section describing how to sell yourself to employers after you return from time abroad. If you have spent time working abroad, you may not know how to describe the skills you have developed, or you may be unaware of concerns a potential employer might have about you. This short section offers some advice on the subject.Top Tips Reflect on your time abroad: Just because your domestic employers have not worked internationally, does not mean the skills you developed abroad are not valuable. Think of the ways you have changed and improved since... Read the full article