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Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 09:32 in Stories from Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

Taking a short-term volunteer trip to India changed Katie’s perspective on education, cross-cultural engagement and the norms of her home country. Her account of the trip demonstrates the value in stepping outside your comfort zone and facing the challenges that come with traveling to an unfamiliar country.

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Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:08 in Stories from Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

Jaqueline wanted to find a short-term service learning program in Africa that would allow her to work in the fields of health and nutrition. She found exactly what she was looking for in a nine-week program offered by Global Service Corps. She traveled to Tanzania, where she taught locals about HIV/AIDS, nutrition and the basics of sustainable agriculture. Jaqueline learned a huge amount on her service learning trip, including how to deal with the challenges of culture shock!

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Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 15:27 in Stories from Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

Nichole volunteered in a community hospital and children’s clinic in Cusco, Peru as part of a language study program with AmeriSpan. While working as a nurse’s assistant, Nichole experienced a high-pressure cross-cultural work environment, and was able to greatly enhance her Spanish language skills by using them in a professional context.

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Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017 - 11:31 in Stories from Abroad, Teach Abroad

Sarah already had some international teaching experience in Europe under her belt, but wanted to take things a step further by living and working somewhere completely different. Traveling with her partner to teach ESL in South Korea, Sarah learned that the best way to feel at home in a foreign culture is to dive in and participate.

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Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016 - 12:29 in In the News, Study Abroad

Are you returning from a study abroad program? If so, you've probably just had one of the most important experiences of your life. Now is the time to reflect on the challenges you faced, think about what you learned, and consider the strengths of the program in which you participated. Writing about your time abroad, whether in the form of a study abroad review or a Story From Abroad (or preferably both!) is an excellent way to take stock of the important experience you've just been through. Plus, writing a review of your program has the added bonus of helping other students who are... Read the full article

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Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 12:39 in In the News, Finding Work

Work is changing at a rapid pace. More and more people are freelancing and working through online platforms, and the world is becoming increasingly interconnected. Terms like "the sharing economy" and "automation" are increasingly entering the everyday lexicon. So, what will work look like in five, 10 or 15 years? In the video below, TVO's "The Agenda" interviews Douglas Rushkoff, the author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity." Check out 10 questions about the future of work HERE.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 17:14 in In the News, International Skills

On May 18, 2016, OpenCanada.org published an excellent article about young professionals under the age of 30 who are working for Global Affairs Canada. The article features 18 young people, outlining what they do, how they got where they are today, and their advice for others seeking a similar career path. We highly recommend this resource to any student who wants to gear their program of study and job experiences towards a future career in international affairs for the Canadian government. Check out the article here, and read the accompanying write-up here. 

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Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 16:01 in In the News, International Skills

As you work towards developing your international career, you'll begin undertaking some self-analysis in order to develop your professional personality, write targeted resumes, and build your unique elevator pitch.

During this process, it's important to take into account the skills sought after by global employers and recruiters. The list of in-demand skills is always changing, and we recommend taking a look at this fascinating and useful article from the World Economic Forum, which highlights today's top skills in comparison with the projected top 10 skills for the year 2020. Check... Read the full article

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Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 10:45 in In the News, Work Abroad, International Skills

When it comes to negotiating across cultures, there are many challenges to ensuring clear lines of communication. The meanings of simple phrases, greetings or professional communications can vary greatly, and when working or doing business internationally or in heavily cross-cultural environments, awareness of subtle cultural differences can be hugely useful.

The Harvard Business Review revently released an excellent video short detailing some of the challenges involved in negotiating across cultures, and some ways of approaching international business environments. Check it out now... Read the full article

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Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 10:54 in In the News, Study Abroad

Some of the biggest barriers to study abroad are cost, curriculum, and culture. But from today until March 31, IIE, Go Overseas and campaign partners AIFS Study Abroad, CET Academic Programs, IFSA-Butler, and STA Travel are inviting you to take part in the #GoStudyAbroad campaign! 

The #GoStudyAbroad contest calls on STUDENTS, STUDY ABROAD ALUMNI, FACULTY, ADVISORS AND ADMINISTRATORS to pay it forward by nominating U.S. college students to #GoStudyAbroad by the time they graduate. Or, if you've never been abroad, you can enter to win a scholarship for your own program overseas.... Read the full article

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