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Category: Volunteer Abroad (18 posts)
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 Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:51 in Stories from Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

Tara was driven to volunteer in Bolivia by a desire to see the world, and a passion for helping others. While there, she learned about her host culture, but also built valuable career experience and learned a whole lot about effective cross-cultural communication. Her story is an exciting and enlightening one!

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Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 - 01:00 in Stories from Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

Heather spent a full academic year on exchange at the Tec de Monterrey campus in Guadalajara, with the goals of improving her Spanish and immersing herself in Mexican culture. Not only did she achieve these goals, she also earned course credit and volunteered with community groups to gain even more insight into the colorful local culture.

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Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 10:49 in Volunteer Abroad, Top Tips

Volunteering is one of the most popular go abroad experiences; and people do it for a variety of reasons: some want to have an adventure, while others are hell-bent on saving the world. Whatever your goals, MyWorldAbroad's main site (for registered users) has advice for you, as well as hundreds of resources to get you in touch with your ideal program. Here are a few of the key tips from the section:

Top Tips Up your intensity: Volunteering in a third world country or pushing your limits with an international organization might require a little elbow grease, but you will come home... Read the full article
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Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 - 11:51 in Stories from Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

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.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 09:30 in Stories from Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

Bushra's story offers a great example of a student who makes the most of her trips abroad, viewing the excursions as learning experiences, but also as tools for self-reflection and self-assessment. Her story of a short-term volunteer trip to Guatemala highlights the important realizations that become possible when a student rises to the challenge of going abroad. Check out Bushra's story here.

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Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:08 in Stories from Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

Alyssa is a great example of how even short-term volunteer trips abroad can have a big impact. Each reading week, Alyssa travels to a new location to participate in a different volunteer program. Here, she recounts what she learned working with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, and with a medical outreach group in Nicaragua.

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Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 09:57 in Stories from Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

Short-term volunteer strips abroad can build significant cross-cultural understanding. While working as a professional massage therapist in the US, Uma has taken a number of short-term insight volunteer trips to, among other places, Guatemala and Peru. On every trip, she tries to immerse herself fully in her host culture, and to really understand the local way of life.

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