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Category: Stories from Abroad (77 posts)
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 11:00 in Stories from Abroad, Travel Abroad

Having previously volunteered with the Peace Corps in Mozambique for two years, Jimmy knew he wanted to head back to Africa to visit his friends and make new connections. Jimmy’s story illustrates the excitement of traveling alone, and the importance of venturing beyond the tourist traps.

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Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:59 in Study Abroad, Stories from Abroad

When Ashley decided that she wanted to have a real adventure abroad, she applied to study in China, where her positive attitude and passion for excitement helped her fully engage with the local community. While abroad, Ashley learned about Chinese culture, but also – surprisingly – about American culture, and how we appear in a foreign context.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 16:01 in Stories from Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

After completing tours of duty as a reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces, Scott knew he wanted to become involved in community development work on the ground in Africa. Spending several months working with a grassroots NGO in Uganda, Scott was able to gain a valuable, eye-opening perspective on the challenges facing the populations he was working to assist.

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Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 08:49 in Stories from Abroad, Work Abroad

Rebecca combined valuable work experience with the excitement of travel by participating in a co-op program abroad. During her time in Switzerland, she worked as a mentor for 30 high school students, and assisted in planning and management of various recreational programs at a local school. She made the most of her time in the heart of Europe by traveling to a number of major metropolitan centers in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 11:03 in Stories from Abroad, Working Vacations

Janna’s story showcases the value of being proactive when planning a trip abroad. It wasn’t until she tapped into her personal network of contacts that her working vacation in England began to take shape. Once she landed a position, she made the most of her time in the UK by living with a host family and traveling often.

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Posted on Monday, August 7, 2017 - 10:40 in Stories from Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

By volunteering in a physical therapy clinic in Yucatan, Mexico, Mariah was able to build her professional resume while improving her Spanish language skills and experiencing the color and warmth of the Mexican people. In a children’s health clinic, Mariah shadowed a professional physical therapist and provided a crucial service for members of the local community.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 11:00 in Stories from Abroad, Study Abroad

Omar opted to spend his study abroad semester in Valencia, Spain – a mid-sized city in which he could learn Spanish, soak up the culture and plan side trips to North Africa and other areas of Europe. Omar gives an evocative account of cross-cultural euphoria, the pleasures of language learning abroad, the joys of Spanish cuisine and the first steps towards building an international career.

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Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 11:00 in Intern Abroad, Stories from Abroad

As an undergrad, Mara passed up a chance to study abroad, feeling she wasn’t ready to travel. But when she was offered an opportunity to intern in Panama City as part of a post-graduate certificate in project management, she knew she couldn’t turn it down! Read Mara’s reflections on cross-cultural professionalism, Panamanian culture and the importance of perseverance when pursuing a placement abroad.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 11:12 in Intern Abroad, Stories from Abroad

A few years ago, Cindy left a job in Canada to travel to Shanghai for an internship with CRCC Asia. As an avid blogger and aspiring businesswoman, she threw herself into the internship experience, and into the culture of her host country. Read her story to find out how the experience changed her life, and helped her to build crucial cross-cultural and career skills.

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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:10 in Study Abroad, Stories from Abroad

Erin is a Canadian student with a penchant for globetrotting. So far in her university career, she’s gone on exchange to both Australia and the US. Erin maximized her time on exchange by volunteering, taking on part-time work, socializing with international students and participating in a wide variety of other exciting extra-curricular activities. She also parlayed her experience in the States into several other international adventures.

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