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Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 16:38 in Stories from Abroad, Study Abroad

After having a fantastic first exchange experience on a short-term program in Japan, Mai See knew she wanted to head abroad again – this time for a longer study term. Although she was expecting to experience personal and intellectual growth during her time in South Korea, she wasn’t expecting to make quite so many friends!

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Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 12:02 in Stories from Abroad, Work Abroad

Combining valuable work experience with international travel and stunning natural beauty? What could be better?! Amy spent four months in a small town in the Swiss Alps coordinating events and recreation programs for an international boarding school. Discover her thoughts on communicating across cultures, developing a work-life balance and making ends meet while gaining cross-cultural career experience.

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Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 01:00 in Stories from Abroad, Study Abroad

Steph, an architecture student, spent a semester abroad immersing herself in the culture (and the architectural traditions) of Australia. Her story is an inspiring one, highlighting the possibility of combining personal and professional passions while traveling. Check it out!

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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 Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 01:00 in Stories from Abroad, Study Abroad

"Reading a book can only tell you so much," says Chee. "To truly undestand some things you must experience them first-hand." During his undergrad degre, Chee took his own advice and went abroad to study at Kookmin University in South Korea. As a design student, Chee was as interested in the visual culture as in the social culture, and his story highlights some excellent attitudes towards international experiences and cultural immersion.

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Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017 - 01:00 in Stories from Abroad, Intern Abroad

Celine’s reasons for traveling to Ethiopia were two-fold. Firstly, she knew that media outlets in her home country weren’t telling the whole story about life in Africa, and she wanted to experience it first-hand. Secondly, as a commerce major, Celine was interested in building career-boosting knowledge about the African approach to business and finance. Her trip turned out to be the experience of a lifetime.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 01:00 in Stories from Abroad, Working Vacations

Beloslava traveled from East to West (the opposite direction from most of our Stories from Abroad contributors), from her home in Bulgaria to England. Working on a farm allowed her to make some pocket money and see the countryside while immersing herself in English culture -- something she'd been hoping to do for some time.

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