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Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 13:42 in In the News

Being aware of your home country in a global context is one of the key elements of true cross-cultural intelligence.

As a high-functioning political power, the US plays a primary role on the world stage, but sometimes it's important to look past the headlines and attempt to understand national motivations in global affairs, and to look at ways of improving interactions with the rest of the world.

According to leading political analysts, international development workers, journalists and theorists, there are some prevailing myths about the US that should be disposed of. One... Read the full article

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Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 16:44 in In the News

As we enter into 2014, we here at MyWorldAbroad want to wish you all the best for the coming year. Whether or not you believe in making new year's resolutions, we hope you plan on making the coming year an enriching cross-cultural experience for yourself. Focus on the positive, embrace diversity and challenge yourself to build your global career skills and international experience.

Whether your new year includes plans to learn a language, study abroad for the first time or land a career-boosting international internship, we're excited to provide information and resources to help you... Read the full article

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Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 15:24 in In the News, International Skills, The Professions

International development is one of the most cross-cultural industries in existence. Being an international aid worker can be as thrilling and rewarding as it is challenging. As a result, the field is highly competitive, and to be successful takes perseverance, practical skill and serious cultural know-how.

Aspiring international aid workers are always keen to find out how successful professionals worked their way to success. We all know that real-world experience and strong professional networks are a great starting point, but what else can you do to boost your chances of success... Read the full article

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Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 - 12:02 in In the News

Media outlets are awash with tributes to former South African president Nelson Mandela today. Mandela, an icon of the anti-apartheid movement, and the country’s first black president, died Thursday at the age of 95. 

Sentenced to life in prison for his revolutionary anti-apartheid actions, Mandela served 27 years in jail before being released in 1990. From racial reconciliation and land reform to the fight against poverty and the quest for justice in the face of human rights abuses, Mandela consistently embodied a spirit of philanthropy, respect, tolerance, resilience and humility.... Read the full article

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Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 13:05 in In the News

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience foreign cultures is through cuisine; and with the advent of the Internet, recipes from around the world are available instantly, at the click of a button.

As the weather gets colder, why not heat up your kitchen with dishes from around the world? Or invite your international friends to a cross-cultural pot-luck dinner?

Think of it this way: just because you are in your home country, doesn’t mean you have to eat that way! Being adventurous in the kitchen can help keep you excited until your next adventure abroad.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 00:00 in Intern Abroad, In the News

The woes of the unpaid intern are a major topic of discussion in the college bars and around the water coolers of North America these days. Internships and extended volunteer positions have almost become a necessary step between education and paid entry-level positions, and recent grads face fierce competition when trying to land an internship with a firm or organization. In order to support themselves for the duration of one or more internships, they must either get support from family members, or go further into debt. But for most, the value of a few extra bullet points on their resumes... Read the full article

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Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 14:35 in In the News, International Skills

The words “time” and “punctuality” have different meanings and associations in different regions of the world. An American businessman who shows up on time for a meeting in Ghana is likely to find himself tapping his foot for at least half an hour, but travelers who arrive two minutes late to catch a Swiss train will almost certainly miss their ride. Climate, culture, religion, economics, philosophy – all these elements play roles in how a region or nation develops its approach to time and punctuality.

Most of our readers are totally accustomed to the North American way of dealing... Read the full article

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Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 11:47 in International Skills

Homesickness. It’s something every globe-trotter will experience eventually, so we want to talk briefly about the topic here today.

If you’ve already read the sections dealing with culture shock, you have a good idea of what to expect when you head abroad for an extended period of time. (If you haven’t read the sections, check out the links below.)

When transitioning to a foreign culture, everyone goes through several phases of adjustment. But there’s no need to panic. Even though some of the phases can be challenging, the process of going through them is a... Read the full article

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Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 16:31 in International Skills, Finding Work, Work Abroad

The excitement and professional satisfaction of a career in international aid and development make it a popular choice for North American students and recent graduates. Breaking into the field is difficult, but it’s possible – with the right strategy. In today’s competitive market, a combination of education, experience and demonstrable skill is the surest way to get your foot in the door.

Having a master’s degree in a relevant field is a must (unless you have extensive volunteer or internship experience to make up for it), and we suggest that when it comes to honing your thesis,... Read the full article

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Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 05:18 in In the News, Study Abroad

Study abroad experiences are crucial, because they pull you out of your comfort zone and challenge you to develop skills you never knew you needed. The things you learn about the world (and yourself) while abroad become integrated into your personality and your professional potential, building you into a more world-wise individual and cross-culturally capable worker.

But still, only about one per cent of US students study abroad, and there is some debate in the public sphere about the value of studying abroad. Here at MyWorldAbroad, we can clearly see the huge value of going abroad... Read the full article

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