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Learning The Local Ways Of Addis Ababa
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A Canadian Globe-Trotter Visits The US
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Getting Sporty In Switzerland!
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Design And Dining In Korea
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Tips From Tasmania
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Fast Friendship In Korea
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Enthusiasm, Education and Experience in Greece
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Now Or Never In Colombia
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Rolling With The Punches In Seoul
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An Unforgettable Adventure In Nanjing
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Gaga For Ghana!
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Skill-Building In Bonn
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Getting In Sync In Nairobi
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American Freshman In London
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Loving Life In Lyon
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Contributing To Change In Ghana
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A Cross-Cultural Co-Op In West Africa
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Adapting To Work In Peru
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Independent In India
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Architectural Adventures in Australia
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Daring to Go Solo in Ireland
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Teaching And Learning In Tanzania
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A Hospital Helper In Costa Rica
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Off The Beaten Path In Africa
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The Warmest Welcome in Guatemala
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Hospitality and Hosting in the DCR
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Living For The Moment In Valencia
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People, Places And Passionate Volunteering In Peru
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A Love Affair with Shanghai
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China, South Africa And Beyond!
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Learning To Love London
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Short-Term Trips For Long-Term Gain
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Passionate About Panama
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Study And Adventure In New Zealand
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Real Stories And Real People In Mexico
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A Spring Semester In London
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Across Europe In A Caravan!
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Out And About In Paris
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Sports, Study And Fun In France
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Changing Course In China
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Learning While Teaching in Beijing
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Caring And Career Skills In Belize
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A Year In Marvelous Mexico!
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Un stage au Cambodge (Français)
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Stepping Outside the Box in Sweden!
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Insight And Education In Korea
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English Teaching In Eastern Europe
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Getting Caffeinated In Bolivia
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Interned in Ethiopia
UBC: Sauder School of Business
Her thoughts on Motivation
I've always wanted to go to Africa and see for myself what it’s really like there; and being a commerce student, I also find it interesting to see how different countries conduct business.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
If there was a misunderstanding, we could always use our hands or try with English, but we always tried in Amharic (the local language) first!
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
The most important thing for me was to go with an open mind, and have zero expectations. You have to adapt and things aren’t always the way you want them to be.
Studied in the USA
Mount Royal University
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
My exchanges helped give me clarity on my educational path. I really believe that when I look back on my years as a student, it will be my exchanges that stand out.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
My study abroad term resulted in a little longer in school to complete degree requirements, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Worked in Switzerland
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
One of the challenges in my workplace was that my colleagues were also the people I lived with. It was challenging to have my “colleague lenses” on, rather than my “friendship lenses.”
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
I traveled to many cities -- London, Amsterdam, Berlin -- each country gave me a different perspective.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
For me, education is a lifelong process, and this is only the beginning. I am already planning my next international exchange.
Studied in South Korea
University of Wisconsin: Oshkosh
Her thoughts on Motivation
Studying in South Korea had always been a personal goal, so when my school finally offered the program, I knew I had to sign up.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
I really wanted to make sure that the application went smoothly. I never doubted myself and I was never negative about all the work I had to put in.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
I took out a loan and worked a lot before I left. I made sure to save money from each paycheck to put into my Korea fund.
Working Vacation in Tasmania
University of British Columbia
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
I made a point of getting involved in the local community. That's really the best way to have a good experience anywhere.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
After I landed, it took me a month to find my first retail job and three months to find my second one. Staying flexible is an important part of the job-hunting process.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
I attended a poetry festival, took a dance class, volunteered at the farmers’ market and got involved with the local “couch surfing” community. I built quite the network of lasting friends!
Studied in Korea
University of Wisconsin: Oshkosh
His thoughts on First Impressions
The biggest surprise was how big Seoul was. Coming from a small town and being thrown into this busy, chaotic metropolis was an adventure in itself.
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
To truly understand some things you must experience them first-hand. Reading a book can only tell you so much.
His thoughts on Adaptation
I quickly found that eating out in Korea is one of the cheapest and most fun things to do. There are always places to eat and you never eat alone.
His thoughts on Adaptation
I missed having my own room. I had to get used to sharing space – but it was just another way of making friends.
Studied & Volunteered in Greece
University of Wisconsin: Oshkosh
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
I wanted to find a trip that would create meaning for my major, and help with my goals. I knew that as a future educator, this could be incredibly beneficial for my career.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
It’s important to have a go-with-the-flow attitude, and to be able to adjust when plans might not always go the best they can.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
It was such an empowering experience to actually get through to someone who speaks an entirely different language than you, and for you actually to understand each other.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
I started almost a year in advance. By starting early, the process seemed more exciting than stressful, because you are getting ready at your own pace and building towards a remarkable trip!
Volunteered & Taught English in Colombia
Her thoughts on The Application Process
I poured over the Internet. Searching for the perfect organization became my second job. Knowing exactly what I wanted from a program made it easy for me to sort through all the organizations out there.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
I got to know so many people just through body language. I learned that I could follow a conversation through gestures, facial expressions and tone.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
Living in a different culture for such a long time changes your perception, which was apparent on my return home. I looked at everything differently and challenged the things that I considered normal.
Taught English in South Korea
Wilfrid Laurier
Her thoughts on Motivation
The decision to leave my family and country for a year was just the ticket my mind and soul needed to adjust to a career lifestyle.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
The key to finding a job online is to be available to talk at almost any time. In some cases, if you don’t respond to a recruiter within a day, they will move on.
Her thoughts on First Impressions
It is my eighth month here in Seoul, but if you asked me in my first month whether I thought I would still be here now, I would have said no.
Studied in China
Stony Brook University
Her thoughts on Motivation
A million miles away from my family, in a foreign land, with a language that is 100% different from English? Sounds like an adventure to me!
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
If you looked at students from a distance, you could tell which were Americans from far away!
Her thoughts on The Application Process
Don’t be afraid to call the people in charge of a program to bombard them with questions: it will help narrow down your options and find the best one.
Studied in Ghana
SUNY: University at Albany
Her thoughts on Motivation
Since I was a little girl, my dream has been to travel the world. I’ve always wanted to fill my passport and have stamps from countries in all seven continents.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
All I could talk about was Ghana: how much I had fallen in love with the country, and how much I wanted to go back, this time to do humanitarian work and be a volunteer
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
The second I walked in to a slave castle and could really smell Ghana’s past, it hit me: that’s when I truly realized “Wow Sylvia, we’re in Ghana.”
Her thoughts on Coming Home
Ghana had become a part of me – as cliché as that may sound. I had learned so much and had so much fun that I wanted to stay forever.
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
Witnessing great poverty in Africa made me want to help in the progress of a Third World country. Ghana changed my life, and helped me find my career path. 
Worked in Germany
McGill University
Her thoughts on Adaptation
I was surprised how integrated I became within my adopted community. I ended up getting to know a lot of locals. I was invited to a wedding and even joined a marching band!
Her thoughts on Language Learning
For me it was really a matter of building my confidence in the language, because simple things such as making a phone call felt like big obstacles initially.
Interned in Kenya
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on Motivation
As someone who loves to learn new languages, immerse myself in different cultures, and engage in unique travel experiences, I had a desire to go out and explore the world around me.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
Whether I was at work, volunteering, or just walking in the markets, locals would take the time to teach me a few words in Kiswalhili.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
In the workplace, everyone spoke in English, but my supervisors and co-workers taught me a few words in the local language, and when I would go out on weekends to the market, I would try to apply what I’d learned.
Studied in the UK
SUNY: University at Albany
Her thoughts on Motivation
Ever since I was young I’ve been fascinated with Europe. Experiencing a culture different from my own was something that I knew I had to do.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
Americans are loud! Even at the pubs and clubs in London I felt like we were being the loudest ones!
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Savor every moment. Take in all the sights, smells, and noise and appreciate it! And remember: the most amazing experiences aren’t planned!
Studied in France
Carleton University
Her thoughts on Motivation
Studying international business was a good reason to go abroad and experience how globalization has affected the business world.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
The visa application process is long and confusing. There was definitely a lot of confusion along the way. But don’t be discouraged; it’s completely doable.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
Read a lot! Read about the history, culture, and people of the city you’re planning on staying in. Gather as much information as you possibly can.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Through Facebook I signed up for a few exchange student groups in my host cities, which allowed me to participate in events they organized and get to know a lot of people.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
The big success for me was the fact that my language skills improved tremendously. I came to Lyon barely being able to keep up with a conversation and left being able to speak with ease.
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
During my stay I was able to network a lot and meet not only other students, but also professionals.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
My travels also improved my communication skills, my cultural understanding, independence, leadership skills, and helped me develop a thicker skin.
Interned in Ghana
McGill University
His thoughts on Motivation
I wanted to do this internship because it aligned perfectly with my interests in law and international politics.
His thoughts on The International Workplace
I made an effort to work closely with the local employees. It was as simple as making sure I didn’t sit with the other interns at lunch, sharing it instead with my Ghanaian colleagues.
His thoughts on The International Workplace
In Ghana, it’s not acceptable to simply go into someone’s office and ask for a file. I had to be patient and spend a significant amount of time simply making friendly conversation.
His thoughts on Boosting Your Career
The internship has certainly helped my career. It opened my eyes to enthralling work that can be done with public policy in developing countries.
Interned in Ghana
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
I wanted to work at a small organization because it’s the best way to get a lot of responsibility and the most field work. A lot of larger organizations offered administrative desk jobs, but I knew I wanted to be in the field.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
While Ghana is very professional and is becoming more developed, many cultural factors (like religion and household seniority) play major factors in the workplace.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
As a woman, if I wanted to help out with carrying things or running an errand, an unwilling male would be encouraged to instead.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Don’t be afraid! Don’t feel left out. Don’t be a foreigner. Learn the language. Be a local.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Entering another country means you must adjust to their way or living, not the other way around.
Interned in Peru
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on The Application Process
I just had to be truthful, and really figure out what I wanted to get out of the experience.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
One thing I noticed was that timing didn’t seem to matter to locals. Things would start late, and you always seemed to end up eating REALLY late!
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
When I arrived in Peru my Spanish was not excellent, but I wasn't afraid to try, and speak, and make mistakes, and keep trying.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
Learning how to adapt your body language, vocabulary and tone of voice is key to good cross-cultural communication.
Volunteered in India
St. Ambrose University
Her thoughts on Motivation
I wanted to go somewhere that would make me step out of my comfort zone. I needed to prove to myself that I could be independent.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
I was so impressed by how these children saw what was truly important. It showed me how much people living in poverty value everything they have – especially basic items that we simply take for granted.
Her thoughts on First Impressions
Many people stared at us even though we were covered head to toe in their traditional clothing, trying to show our respect, and attempting to blend in.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
It absolutely astounded me that a family with so little would give up the few resources that they had for strangers. This generosity was seen again and again with the people of Vrindavan.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
My time abroad proved to me that I really can be independent, and I don’t think many other experiences could have done that for me.
Study Abroad in Australia
Carleton University
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Work hard so you can travel on your spare weekends. Traveling and school-based learning go hand-in-hand when you're abroad.
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
Learning abroad is important to me, and I believe it helps develop important skills for aspiring and practicing architects.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Because of my local friends, I was able to get the insider's perspective on Adelaide and its culture.
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
Networking is important for building future clients, and I made lots of connections. My network now stretches across America, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, England, Thailand and Australia.
Study Abroad in Ireland
Carleton University
Her thoughts on Motivation
I never really thought I would have the courage to go, but after choosing to go to university in my hometown and keeping the same routine for years, I felt like I needed a big change in my life.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
As cliché as it sounds, say yes to everything. Opportunities will arise that you may be nervous about, but as long as they are safe, never turn them down!
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
I also discovered how peaceful and carefree traveling alone can be. Being completely self-reliant gave me added confidence for my following trips.
Volunteered in Tanzania
SUNY: University at Albany
Her thoughts on The Application Process
It was a little overwhelming, but I was able to narrow my search when I really focused on what I wanted out of the experience.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
At first there were aspects that I didn’t really like or agree with, but I kept an open mind. I think that’s the best way to overcome culture shock.
Her thoughts on First Impressions
It took me about a month to really start to understand, accept, and finally enjoy the culture.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
In Tanzania I didn’t have my iPhone or laptop; and it was enjoyable not constantly being bombarded with emails, te1t messages, and phone calls!
Her thoughts on Homestays
I appreciate them so much for welcoming me into their home and making me feel like I was their own daughter.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
I realized after the trip that I eventually want to find a job that involves traveling. I really want to see and e1plore other parts of the world!
Interned & Learned a Language in Costa Rica
SUNY: University at Albany
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
When I would arrange to meet local friends I'd always be waiting for 10 to 30 minutes. Their lifestyle is just not as fast-paced as ours!
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes: it’s how you learn.
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
If something about your program isn’t fulfilling your expectations, take matters into your own hands!
Traveled in Mozambique
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
His thoughts on Taking It All In
Cultural activities were very fulfilling because they allowed me to interact with nationals on a peer level. It temporarily took the attention away from my “American-ness.”
His thoughts on Adaptation
The goal is not to become a different person but maybe to talk openly about your differences and to find activities where your race and nationality are not the focus.
His thoughts on Coming Home
You feel as though your trip will only ever exist within you, which is simultaneously empowering and discouraging.
His thoughts on Coming Home
I miss not knowing exactly what each day would hold. I miss feeling like I was doing something important. I miss being in a place where I could meet a hundred new people in a day.
Volunteered in Guatemala
Carleton University
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
My travels allow me to engage skill sets critical for the modern world but are rarely used in our day-to-day lives.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
My volunteer work and experiences abroad have solidified for me that any future career I undertake needs to involve interacting with people.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
As someone who struggles with insect-related phobias, I was surprised how easily we humans are able to overcome fears and hesitations during challenging experiences.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Being invited to partake in a sacred Mayan ceremony showed me the willingness of the local people to welcome newcomers. I'll carry those ideals of welcoming and inclusion forward with me throughout my life.
Work Abroad in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
ESG UQÁM Montreal
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
The best advice is to adapt yourself to your new environment, but also try to use your professional background to improve the business.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
Social inequality was fierce and challenging. I focused on my job, and then before leaving, I donated.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
I tend to speak fast. I learned to slow down. As a manager, you have to make sure your employees understand you. Modifying my communication was important.
Studied & Learned a Language in Spain
CUNY: Hunter College
His thoughts on Taking It All In
For me, eating my way through a place's cuisine is the ideal way to understand its history and culture.
His thoughts on The Application Process
My only advice for completing the paperwork is to start early and keep an organized file of the applications, keeping checklists and staying aware of the deadlines.
His thoughts on Coming Home
I find myself still thinking about it constantly, several times every day. I'm legitimately obsessed.
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
Remember why you're studying abroad in the first place: to immerse yourself in a new culture and rhythm.
His thoughts on First Impressions
That first month abroad was like riding a euphoric wave of feeling liberated and suspended in the moment.
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
Traveling has affirmed my belief that it's paramount to disconnect from technology sometimes and allow the natural impact to seep in.
Learned a Language & Volunteered in Peru
San Diego State University
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
I knew that while having a friend to accompany me would have made it more comfortable, going by myself would make me stronger, and force me to interact with everyone that I encountered.
Her thoughts on Adaptation
If I hadn’t stepped out of my comfort zone, I’d never have discovered so many amazing places.
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
Sometimes I didn’t feel totally welcomed, but I knew that they probably had reservations about a young foreigner working in their hospital. I went out of my way to introduce myself and ask if I could help them.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
Saying goodbye was very hard.  The experienced sparked my passion for international philanthropic travel and changed my life for the better. 
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Nearly every day, there was a festival going on in the town square. I was blown away by their overwhelming national pride.
Intern Abroad in China
University of Toronto
Her thoughts on Motivation
At the time, I wanted to learn Mandarin, as I knew that it would be an important language to have under my belt, especially since I knew I wanted to do business someday.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
In Western countries, communication is a lot more direct and casual, whereas in China, it is more indirect and polite.
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
At the time, I wanted to learn Mandarin, as I knew that it would be an important language to have under my belt, especially since I knew I wanted to do business someday.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
At the end of the day, we have more in common than we think! It was fun to celebrate the similarities and recognize the differences.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
Sometimes students psych themselves up too much, anticipating a tough transition. Be flexible, patient and write down everything you remember from your trip.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
Plan early and be up-front about your goals with your academic advisors.
Studied in the UK
Stony Brook University
Her thoughts on The Application Process
Be yourself during the application process, definitely. Show the schools the passion you have for traveling and studying abroad. 
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
That is the nicest part of studying abroad: when the cultural differences you noticed when you arrived become normal to you.
Volunteered in Nicaragua and the USA
Western
Her thoughts on Motivation
Volunteering locally is important, but being abroad allows you to absorb new environments and cultures, which is a bonus.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
I think what made me successful was how I put myself out there during the interviews, because that’s how you have to go about an experience abroad – you can’t hold back.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
We learned to dance in the traditional style, which was just so different to what we do at home. It was a whole new type of social activity none of us had ever tried before!
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
When you go into the culture, don’t search for the differences and compare. Look for the similarities and appreciate the differences. Different never means worse or better.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
Each time, the return is harder, and the lessons stay longer. It’s just a gradual change. I’d say it kind of takes practice.
Interned in Panama
Centennial College
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
Interning was much more about my personal growth as a global citizen rather than prowess with MS Office or project management tools.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
It's all about perspective! Adapt and just go with the flow, or risk losing your mind.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Be sensitive, but don't take anything too seriously. It isn't personal, it's just the way things are.
Studied in New Zealand
Lebanon Valley College
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
I knew studying abroad would stand out on my résumé and give me a competitive edge when I started looking for work after graduation.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
Having a clear idea of why you want to go abroad and identifying possible challenges you may encounter will better prepare you for your experience abroad.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
My friend and I came home with NZ-inspired tattoos… which was a pretty big surprise – especially to our parents!
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Surrounding yourself with locals is crucial in order to understand and adapt to a culture.
Volunteered in Mexico
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
The more effort you put into preparing yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and educationally, the better your experience will be.
Her thoughts on Homestays
One of the biggest differences was the emphasis on family life. It was nice to see my host family spend so much time together without worrying about cell phones or social media.
Her thoughts on First Impressions
The biggest surprise was the culture shock. It’s not that I didn’t expect it, but you can never really predict what the differences will be and how they will affect you.
Traveled in the UK
SUNY: University at Albany
Her thoughts on Motivation
It was a first step for me in seeing how independent I could be in another country, because I hope to travel a lot more in the future.
Her thoughts on Adaptation
I expected traveling to London to be an easy transition for me because I assumed their culture was close to that of America. But you know what they say about those who assume!
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
I was careful to watch what they did and to mimic their gestures and speech in a way that was not mocking, but respectful.
Traveled Abroad in Many Countries
Her thoughts on Motivation
I decided to tag along with my brother and 30 strangers as he traveled by van through 17 countries in little less than a month.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
The people make the trip. Disagreements are bound to arise if you are traveling with a large group in close proximity. Make sure you are traveling with friends who will be there for you through thick and thin.
Her thoughts on First Impressions
Once we crossed the Romanian border, it seemed like we had gone onto a whole different planet. There were horses in the streets transporting food and people, cows crossing the streets and walking on the sidewalks, as if it was totally normal. For us, it seemed like the twilight zone.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
Start saving up early, whether you are going on a road trip, backpacking or any other travel abroad, planning is a big step.
Studied in France
Indiana University Bloomington
Her thoughts on Homestays
To stay on track and not go over the amount I had from the loan, I chose the homestay option. It allowed me to save money on food and practice more French.
Her thoughts on Homestays
I found that the homestay portion was imperative to improving my French. My host parents did not speak English, so this forced me to use my French skills.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Everything is a challenge when you are somewhere new that you've never been before – but an exciting challenge!
Studied in France
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on Motivation
I saw a poster in a building one day and went in to talk to the exchange coordinator, and that's all it took to get me hooked.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
It was not always easy, but the best way to look at things is to think “it's not weird, it's different”.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
In France I learned to take time, enjoy a glass of wine, talk, and enjoy meals that lasted over an hour. At home, within 20 minutes we were cleaning up!
Her thoughts on Coming Home
One thing that really helped was getting my parents to read a part of MyWorldAbroad related to re-entry shock.
Taught English in China
His thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
I took a week-long course to get my TESOL certificate, had a contract lined up the following week, and within a month I was on a plane to Yangshuo!
His thoughts on Adaptation
The more a teacher assimilates into the local culture, the easier budgeting becomes!
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
By getting out and meeting people, exploring and becoming part of the culture you far more likely to enjoy it.
His thoughts on First Impressions
From day one I was treated like a professional and a friend. Everyone seemed thankful to have me here helping them become part of the global village.
His thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
I came to China with a return air ticket and $1,000 in the bank. But I spent my last couple of months at home living like a miser to become 100% debt free BEFORE leaving the country!
Volunteered & Taught English in China
University of Ottawa
Her thoughts on Motivation
I was attracted to China because it is one of the most removed countries from Western society. I thought it would be enlightening to learn about a collectivist culture as opposed to the individualist Western model that I was raised in.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Group events were the most memorable because I was able to speak to the students outside the classroom hierarchy. I learned in-depth about their lives and built friendships that continue to this day online and off.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
For my students, education was the only way to guarantee the survival of their families. This was in sharp contrast to my Western education, but it was yet another positive lesson that I learned abroad: when an individual succeeds through education, so does his community.
Volunteered in Belize
Flagler College
Her thoughts on Homestays
My host mother was a stay-at-home mom, so I was fortunate enough to spend time with her, learning about her life and Belizean culture.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Keep an open mind and try everything at least once, whether it’s a new food, dance or excursion.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
My return was full of mixed emotions. On one hand, I was looking forward to seeing my family and friends; but I was sad to say goodbye to my host family.
Studied & Learned a Language in Mexico
University of British Columbia
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Volunteering at a local primary school for blind children was a good challenge to my Spanish language skills and gave me an opportunity to step outside the upper-class world I was living in. 
Her thoughts on Language Learning
If you’re going on exchange to learn a language, make a point of speaking it from the time you arrive. If you fall into the trap of speaking English, you’ll never get comfortable in the host language.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
The Day of the Dead celebration made a real impact on me. It was wonderful to see people building shrines around their loved ones' graves rather than carving jack-o-lanterns to scare away spirits.
Interned in Cambodia
University of Ottawa
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
En apprenant à écouter mes collègues et en les observant lorsqu’ils discutaient entre eux, j’ai rapidement su adapter mon comportement et mon discours afin que tout le monde se sente plus à l’aise.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
Cette expérience m’a donné plus confiance en moi-même et m’a montré que la persévérance et la motivation sont des qualités qui peuvent nous mener bien loin!
Her thoughts on The Application Process
Même si je n’avais pas le profil idéal pour mon poste, je me suis rendue jusqu’au bout du processus de sélection et j’ai été récompensée pour mes efforts.
Study Abroad in Sweden
Her thoughts on The Application Process
I met with the exchange advisor very early on in order to figure out details and I even arranged meetings with the head of my department. Showing initiative early on was what set my application apart.
Her thoughts on First Impressions
I would often hear the Swedish students generalize about North America. It made me realize how easy it is to overgeneralize; each country has its own culture, political system, and people – which is easy to forget when it's just a color on a map!
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
I think that adaptability and flexibility are key skills to have in any career path. Not only did my experience translate into tangible skills like these, but employers really do look favourably on people who have some sort of international experience.
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
It's funny how often I run into someone who's been to Scandinavia, and we can instantly connect over it. It definitely serves as a great icebreaker when networking!
Teaching Abroad in Korea
His thoughts on The International Workplace
As a foreigner, I'm at the bottom of the hierarchy chain. The good news is that I am flexible and quickly adapting to the culture. It's just how Korean society functions, and I'm along for the ride!
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
I consider myself a very adventurous eater, but I was put to the test when they served duck feet and octopus soup. I was a little intimidated, but I got over it and it wasn’t all that bad!
His thoughts on Motivation
What really kicked off my travel addiction was studying abroad in Prague. It was the single best experience of my entire life.
Taught English in Georgia
Flagler College
Her thoughts on Motivation
I wanted to teach English abroad to build my resume, travel and immerse myself in a unique culture.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
The soccer club was a great opportunity for me to get to know my students better and help them build skills.
Her thoughts on Homestays
I developed a close relationship with my Georgian family and remain in contact with them through email and Skype.
Volunteered in Bolivia
Her thoughts on Homestays
While staying with my host family, the housekeeper Petro became one of my closest and favorite friends. I felt privileged to have had the opportunity to become friends with such a beautiful soul!
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
My favorite festival was a guinea pig festival in Cochabamba. North America's beloved house pet is one of Bolivia’s edible delicacies!
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
Anyone trying to communicate in a different culture should try their best to “fake it till they make it.” Mimicking is the best way to learn.
Studied in Sweden
SUNY: University at Albany
His thoughts on First Impressions
I felt embraced by the culture as well as the people. I felt like I belonged and that I could live there for the rest of my life.
His thoughts on Coming Home
It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Just realizing that time is winding down can be really depressing.
His thoughts on Coming Home
Once you arrive home, you jump back into your old life. It almost feels like the trip was just a fantasy or dream that might never even have happened.
His thoughts on Personal Growth
Even though I came home with no money and had to eat pasta every day, I can't stress how happy I was to have seen it all.
Interned in Uganda and Singapore
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Her thoughts on The Application Process
I think what made me successful was not only my previous work experience, but my determination. I didn’t let negative responses slow me down.
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
Being treated as a professional and knowledgeable in my field really made me feel confident in my work.
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
It was important to understand that how things were getting done was what was best for the people there, not what was best for me.
Her thoughts on Adaptation
Knowing that my loved ones were waiting for me and that I wasn’t going to be gone forever helped me get over the homesickness.

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