Content Updates

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Content Updates

Below you will find the MyWorldAbroad Update Log which is a month-by-month description of what is updated on the site.

(RELATED INFO: Read about How We Update Content to learn how we organize our staff to provide you with quality information, and how often we update our content.)


MyWorldAbroad Update Log

Entries below are sorted by project completion date.
Legend: RED HIGHLIGHTS indicate important/major updates during the past 4-6 months.

February 2017

  • NEW GLOBAL NUDGE SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN: In February and March, MyWorldAbroad is launching the Global Nudge Social Media Campaign, a dynamic and comprehensive social media share schedule available for use by ALL client schools. (View description.)
  • RESOURCE LIST: Study Abroad resource list fully updated, now containing 133 resource profiles. (View.)

January 2017

  • NEW QUICK GUIDEStudy Abroad is an important topic for all. (View English, French.)
  • RESOURCE LIST: Learn A Language resource list fully updated, now containing 94 resource profiles (View.)
  • RESOURCE LIST: Language Careers resource list fully updated, now containing 29 resource profiles. (View.)

December 2016

  • NEW ARTICLE: We have added a brand new article to our Teaching English Abroad section, Succeeding After Teaching English Abroad. This is an excellent set of advice for those who have been or are thinking of heading abroad to teach English for an extended period. (View.)

November 2016

  • UPDATED SECTION: Our Language Learning section has been fully revised and updated. We've added several brand new articles and completely reworked our advice to reflect the modern language learner. (View.)

August 2016

  • REVISED ARTICLES, PROFILES AND RESOURCES: The US Government section was revised with recent information from the 2014 Congressional Research Service paper on “Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in the Federal Government.”  This added new and extensively vetted information on opportunities for students. There were edits made to US Government articles as well as 20 US Government Profiles (view) as well as 23 resources in International Internships with the US Government (view).  We also added information about minority opportunities with various foundations and internship programs.

July 2016

  • NEW SERVICE: The Global Nudge Newsletter was is being launched with our client schools this July and August, 2016. The Global Nudge has 12 monthly issues, each one developed to align with the school year cycle. Schools will be able to customize sections of the newsletter and pre-register individuals or groups of students for easy access. (View)
  • COMING this JANURARY, NEW SERVICEThe Global Nudge Social Media Campaign is a brand new additional service that "individual departments" at client-schools can purchase to reach out to their targeted students. 

June 2016

  • NEW SECTION: We are pleased to announce the release of our brand new section on International Business Careers! This major new section includes 10 individual articles, dealing with this crucial component of the new global economy. (View.)

    May 2016

    • COMING this JULY, NEWSLETTER: The Global Nudge newsletter was successfully tested on June 17, 2016 with three of our client schools and it is being rolled out with our clients in July and August. The Global Nudge has 12 monthly issues, each one developed to align with the school year cycle. Schools will be able to customize sections of the newsletter and pre-register individuals or groups of students for easy access. (View)
    • COMING SOON, VISUAL GUIDES: Visual Guides are mobile-friendly, infographic-style versions of our most popular Quick Guides. 20 of these guides are scheduled for launch this July and August. They will be offered in English, French and Spanish. Check them out on a desktop or laptop, and then check out the adaptable layout on your cell phone or iPad. Test three sample visual guides now:
      • The Ideal International Profile Visual Guide (View)
      • Travel Smarts Visual Guide (View
      • Budget Tips Visual Guide (View
    • NEW QUICK GUIDE: Understanding Culture Shock. We are delighted to release this major new addition to our content. This important guide includes new explanatory images (a U-curve of adjustment and a view of the culture iceberg) to help students understand this important topic. (View EnglishFrenchSpanish)
    • NEWLY REVISED QUICK GUIDE: Debunking the Myths: The Real Deal on International Work. We've made major updates to one of our most important Quick Guides. The guide is now clearer, more student-friendly and even more useful. (View English, French, Spanish
    • NEW QUICK GUIDE: How to Be an Ethical International Volunteer. We are very pleased to launch this new Quick Guide, written by Jennifer Lajoie of Western University. (View EnglishFrench).
    • NEW QUICK GUIDE: Women's Safety Abroad is an important topic for all empowered, independent female travelers. (View English, French)
    • NEW QUICK GUIDEFunding Hacks: Going Abroad No Matter Your Budget is a crucial new article, offering budget and savings ideas for students of all financial means. The French version is also coming soon. (View English, French)

    April 2016

    • NEW ARTICLEFunding Hacks: Going Abroad No Matter Your Budget is a crucial new article, offering budget and saving ideas for students of all financial means. (View.)
    • NEW ARTICLES: Pre-departure and re-entry reading lists have now been added to each of our Getting Experience sections. Sample reading lists from our Study Abroad section: pre-departure view and re-entry view.)
    • NEWLY REVISED SECTION: The Study Abroad section was fully revised, with updated content and new articles. (View)
    • NEWLY REVISED SECTION: The Teaching English Abroad section was fully revised, with updated content and new articles. (View)
    • NEWLY REVISED SECTION: The Teaching Abroad As a Licensed Teacher section was fully revised, with updated content and new articles. (View)

    March 2016

    • NEW ARTICLE: Pre-departure Ideas Checklist offers students helpful reflections for their go abroad preparation (also available as Word version). (View)
    • NEWLY REVISED ARTICLE: Women's Safety Abroad to is comprehensive and empowering. (View)

    February 2016

    • NEW ARTICLE: In Becoming and Aid Worker: A Personal Take On How It's Done, aid worker Matthew Bolton offers personal insights into building a career in international development. (View)
    • ARTICLES: US Government: 12 articles updated. (View sample)
    • RESOURCE LIST: US Government Resources: Audited 33 resources. (View)
    • RESOURCE LIST: US Government Profiles: Audited 77 resources. (View)
    • RESOURCE LIST: International Internships With The US Government: Audited 41 resources. (View)
    • ARTICLES: Canadian Government: 10 articles updated. (View sample)
    • RESOURCE LIST: Canadian Government Resources: Audited 25 resources. (View)
    • RESOURCE LIST: Canadian Federal, Provincial And Territorial Government Profiles: Audited 66 resources. (View)
    • RESOURCE LIST: International Internships And Student Programs With Canadian Governments: Audited 37 resources. (View)

      September 2015 to January 2016

      • COMING SOON, NEW NEWSLETTERThe Global Nudge. We are very close to launching our exciting new newsletter, which will have 12 monthly issues based around the school year cycle. Schools will be able to customize sections of the newsletter and pre-register individuals or groups of students for easier access to the newsletter and the main site. (View)
      • COMING SOON, VISUAL GUIDES: These eight new Visual Guides are mobile-friendly, infographic-style versions of our most popular Quick Guides, and they're currently almost ready for publication. An additional 13 Visual Guides are already in the pipeline for an April 2016 launch. We're sure that this visual reworking of essential go abroad advice will be a popular addition to our collection of products. (View "drafts" sample onesample twosample threesample four.) 
      • NEW SERVICE: Quiz Management Instructions for Advisors outlines how to measure student preparedness and progress (how to collect data for groups of students) before and after they go abroad by using our International Quizzes. (View)
      • NEWLY REVISED ARTICLE: Debunking the Myths: The Real Deal on International Work. We've made major updates to one of our most important articles. This guide is now clearer, more student-friendly and even more useful. (View
      • NEWLY REVISED ARTICLE: Understanding Culture Shock. We are delighted to release this major new addition to our content. This important article now includes new explanatory images (a U-curve of adjustment and a view of the culture iceberg) to help students understand this important topic. (View)
      • NEW ARTICLE: How to Be an Ethical International Volunteer. We are very pleased to launch this new Quick Guide, written by Jennifer Lajoie of Western University. (View)

      August 2015

      • RESOURCE LIST: 358 job board resources were meticulously updated and 113 new boards were added. This two-month job has resulted in a grand total of 446 job boards in 23 categories, each profile highlights the organization or firm's international job services. (View)
      • RESOURCE LIST: Revised teaching abroad resources. The teach abroad job boards and resources were updated and used to create new specalized resource lists: Teaching English Abroad Job Boards (View), Teaching English Abroad Resources (View), Licensed Teacher Abroad Job Boards (View), and Licensed Teacher Abroad Resources (View). These new resources lists will make it easier for users to find teaching jobs that match their skill set. 

        July 2015

        • NEW TRAINING PRODUCT UPDATE: International Quizzes are now better than ever with a new added focus on training potential. We have made four major changes: 1) a new, detailed description on how to use our quizzes to enhance student training programs (see bottom of Master Scorecard page); 2) a new layout for the Master Scorecard page, showing a header with the student's name and school, as well as the individual scores for each quiz; 3) a new "Download Scorecard" button allowing students to print their scores; and 4) a new set of forms has been added, allowing students and schools to track scores both before and after students go abroad. (View new features).

        June 2015

        • NEW FEATURE: Quick Guides have a redesigned layout and we've added new training notes for schools at the bottom of the landing page. (View)
        • NEW FEATURE: New sample link wording for individual quizzes and Quick Guides, helping schools link to these tools in newsletters and on social media. (View)

        May 2015

        • ANNOUNCEMENT: (Part 1): MyWorldAbroad has been named as an official Commitment Partner for IIE's Generation Study Abroad and is a proud supporter of the 400 universities dedicated to doubling the number of students going abroad by the year 2020. In celebration of Generation Study Abroad, MyWorldAbroad is providing free access to a core selection of our comprehensive online training materials, geared towards helping students build global competencies and maximize the career value of their time abroad. MyWorldAbroad is providing schools worldwide with free instant access (see Student Landing Page) to: eight Quick Guides on building global skills, seven International Quizzes to assess study abroad preparedness and 75+ inspirational Stories from Abroad. Schools can link to these materials (see instructions) and use them in student advising and workshops with a focus on integrating career success into students' study abroad experiences.
        • ANNOUNCEMENT: (Part 2): Our Client Schools have full access to all the above and much more! We have up-dated the layouts and increased the functionality of these services: Check out our 30 Quick Guides with their new layout and increased school notes on how schools to make use of these popular guides. Our International Quizzes also have a new layout, new school training notes, and most importantly, an automated scorecard generator to measure student readiness and progress (see details in June notes above). Stories From Abroad has a new layout and new student profiles.

        April 2015

        • NEW FEATURE: Eight Quick Guides are now available in Spanish and four additional Guides are now available in French. These additions will help students articulate their international skills with professional terminology when applying with Spanish or French employers. (View)
        • CLIENT SERVICES: Addition to the Marketing Campaign: How to set up a MyWorld booth at a study abroad fair. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: 350 French resources have been updated. These resources are located in multiple resource lists.

        March 2015

        • CLIENT SERVICES: MyWorldAbroad Talking Points help you to share our information with staff, faculty and students. (View or print MWA Talking Points.)
        • NEW FEATURE: MyWorldBuzz is a new category of the MyWorldBlog and is designed to highlight breaking news about our service. Follow this section!
        • NEW FEATURE: Quick Guides are now being shared weekly on the MyWorldBlog. This gives schools and easy way to feature one Quick Guide at a time.
        • NEW ARTICLE: Why A Gap Year? was recently written and added to our Working Vacations & Gap Years section.

        February 2015

        • NEW FEATURE: Improved Usage Stats layout helps schools see which of their marketing efforts are working. The new layout now shows the field "How did you hear about MyWorldAbroad?"
        • PUBLISHED ARTICLE by JM Hachey: How Can Young Professionals Find International Jobs, Careering Magazine, Winter 2015 issue (Global Issue), pg. 16, Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC).
        • PUBLISHED ARTICLE by JM Hachey: Test Your International IQ: Are you ready to work abroad?, Career Options, Winter 2015, (special section "International"), pg. 30, Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE).
        • NEW CONTENT: White Paper on Campus Internationalization: We are very pleased to re-publish our White Paper entitled “International Academic Mobility: Two Decades of Practice” written by Daniel Guay, a leading thinker and innovator who focuses on how universities can organize themselves to promote international exchanges on campus.

        January 2015

        • NEW FEATURE: User Stats has a new Summary Overview table providing detail stats about usage at our client schools. (View)
        • NEW FEATURE: FAQs: Access answers to all the major go abroad questions. Updated regularly. (View)
        • UPDATED CONTENT: Discover the Career Value of Going Abroad! Find new links and content in the right-hand sidebar. (View

        December 2014

        • UPDATED CONTENT: Annual Links Audit: Each year we audit every link on our website to correct broken links. We checked 3,890 resources and identified 183 (4.63%) broken links. We also checked 300+ Articles plus other content pages for broken links. Our researchers will be up dating these during the next couple of months. Read about How We Update Content to learn how we organize our staff to provide you with quality information, and how often we update our content.

        November 2014

        • SPEAKING EVENTS: November is Jean-Marc Hachey's busiest speaking month, with many events centered on International Education Week. See his seminar schedule and seminar details.  

        September 2014

        • NEW FEATURE: New Right-Hand Sidebar Block: Discover the Career Value of Going Abroad! See surveys and stats linking your experiences abroad to future career success. (View
        • QUICK GUIDE: Two New Guides: 1) LinkedIn: Creating A Standout Student Profile (view) and 2) Social Media for Career Success (view).
        • NEW TRAINING PRODUCT: PRE-RECORDED VIDEO: Mini-Introduction to MyWorldAbroad: 19-minute pre-recorded video designed especially for student interns and advisors from career and study abroad offices. This is the fastest way to learn about the MyWorldAbroad Web site. The first five minutes cover the essentials of the site, and how you can help students use MyWorldAbroad. The following 14 minutes cover our overall philosophy and provide advice on how to help more senior or advanced students understand the international job search.

        August 2014

        • CLIENT SERVICES (Completion of 4-month campaign, project remains ongoing.): 
          Client training with multiple weekly webinars all summer:
            Webinar topics: (1) Introduction to MyWorldAbroad, (2) Marketing MyWorldAbroad to Students (3) Integrating MyWorldAbroad into Student Training Programs. View Webinar Registration page.
        • CLIENT SERVICES (Completion of 4-month campaign.): 
          Contacted clients schools to update their MyWorldAbroad home page
           by adding links to the multiple departments that support students going abroad. (View sample)
        • CLIENT SERVICES (Completion of 4-month campaign.): 
          Audited links to MyWorldAbroad on client Web sites
          , letting schools know when links needed to be updated and suggesting new locations for additional links.
        • CLIENT SERVICES (Completion of 4-month campaign, project remains ongoing.): 
          Corresponded with client schools about Quick Access System (QAS) links, and updated information about QAS locations on client Posters and Promotional Cards.

        July 2014

        • NEW CONTENT: Two New Articles Have Been Posted: 1) Sample Resumes From Students (view) and 2) One Student's Experience Preparing For An International Career (view).
          NEW CONTENT:  Three New Right Hand Side Bar Blocks: 1) Your International Resume & LinkedIn Profile (view), 2) You International Skills: Be More Than Just A Tourist (view), 3) 100+ Ideas To Maximize the Career Value of Your Time Abroad (view). View the right side on this page.
        • NEW FEATURE: Self-Evaluations: These are now available as Word documents to help staff setting up training programs for students going abroad. (View at bottom of page.) 
        • ARTICLES: Social Media Strategies in Getting Experience: Various updates added to articles on how to use social media when researching a volunteer or internship organization. (View sample article.)
        • QUICK GUIDES: All French Quick Guides reviewed and updated with latest translations. (View)

        June 2014

        • NEW FEATURE: Marketing Campaigns: 50 projects to help student advisors market the availability of MyWorldAbroad to students. (View)
        • NEW FEATURE: E-commerce system: This system allows individuals to purchase access to MyWorldAbroad (not for institutional users). 

        May 2014 (Release of MyWorldAbroad version 2.0)

        MyWorldAbroad 2.0: After eight months of development, we are proud to release version 2.0 with the following new features:

        • NEW FEATURE: International Quizzes: Seven new quizzes in three different areas: International IQ (view), international experience (view) and preparedness for the international job search (view). We have alsod eveloped a master scorecard to help students track progress (view).
        • NEW FEATURE: Right-Hand Sidebar Block: 13 new blocks have been added to righ-hand sidebar. View the right side on this page.
        • NEW FEATURE: Marketing Products: Four products customized for individual clients schools: school posters (print and electronic), promotional cards (color and B&W). (View sample)
        • NEW FEATURE: Self-Evaluations: Eight new articles focused on self-evaluation for students have been created for all sections in Getting Experience. View
        • NEW FEATURE: Jump to Content: The 4 BIG Things landing page (view) now links to four "Jump to Content" menus for faster access to our data. These new menus are also available from the footer. (View sample)
        • NEW FEATURE: "In A Rush?" Article Suggestions: Essential articles have been compiled and linked for four areas: International Skills (10 articles), Getting Experience (14 articles), Finding Work (10 articles), The Professions (11 articles). (View)
        • NEW FEATURE: Quick Registration System (QRS): New for schools using the Quick Access System (QAS); the Quick Registration System prompts students to go through a fast registration process when they star an article or resource, or when they access the quizzes (view). (View more details on MWA registration systems.)
        • NEW FEATURE: New Instructions for Student Advisors: We have just launched three new pages: Content Updates (this document) tracks the most recent changes and additions to the site; How We Update Content (view) describes how we organize our research staff and how often we update conten; and Product Description (view) provides you with a comprehensive list of all our services. These pages are accessible from the MyWorldAbroad footer, in the Student Advisor column.
        • RESOURCE LIST: International Internship Job Boards And Advice: Updated 10. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: International Internship Organizations: Updated 226, discarded 26, added 31 new resources. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: Volunteer Job Boards And Advice: Updated 19 resources. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: International Volunteer Organizations: Updated 334, discarded 36, added 70 new resources. (View)

        April 2014

        • NEW FEATURE: Usage Statistics:  Allows school administrators access to all types of MyWorldAbroad usage statistics. (View)
        • NEW FEATURE: Alumni Access: Allows school administrators to provide alumni with access to MyWorldAbroad. (View)
        • NEW ARTICLE: LinkedIn: Creating A Stand-Out Student Profile: New article added to section Social Media For Career Success. (View)
        • ARTICLE: US Government: 12 articles updated. (View sample)
        • ARTICLE: The World Online: Updated article. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: US Government Resources: Audited 34 resources. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: US Government Profiles: Audited 78 resources. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: International Internships With The US Government: Audited 42 resources. (View)
        • ARTICLES: Canadian Government: 10 articles updated. (View sample)
        • RESOURCE LIST: Canadian Government Resources: Audited 25 resources. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: Canadian Federal, Provincial And Territorial Government Profiles: Audited 66 resources. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: International Internships And Student Programs With Canadian Governments: Audited 37 resources. (View)

        March 2014

        • NEW SECTION: Social Media for Career Success: New section with four new articles. (View)
        • QUICK GUIDE: Voyager intelligemment: New French Quick Guide translation. (View)
        • QUICK GUIDE: Conseils budgétaires pour voyageurs étudiants: New French Quick Guide translation. (View)
        • QUICK GUIDE: Des Stratégies d’Aide Professionnelle pour les Étudiants Étrangers en Amérique du Nord: New French Quick Guide translation. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: Top International Blogs: Reviewed blogs, discarded 10 out of date or discontinued blogs, added 21 new blogs. (View)
        • RESOURCE UPDATES: Part Two: Getting Experience: Added new resources from master resource list to: Resources for International Students Studying in US or Canada (5), Expatriate Networking sites (2), Travel Health and Safety (2), Low Cost Travel (2), Working Vacation Resources (2), Learn a Foreign Language (1), Awards and Grants (2), Study Abroad Resources (8).

        February 2014

        • ANNUAL LINK AUDIT: 4,000+ Resources: Annual review of all link in all resources, fixed 273 broken links.
        • QUICK GUIDE: Travel Smarts: New Quick Guide. (View)
        • QUICK GUIDE: Budget Tips for Student Travellers: New Quick Guide. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: All Job Boards: Added 20 new job boards. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: Regional Job Boards: Added eight new regional job boards. (View)
        • RESOURCE UPDATES: Part One: International Skills: Added new resources: Cross Cultural Skills (1), Relocating Abroad (1), Children and Families Abroad (2), Women Living and Working Abroad (2).

        January 2014

        • ANNUAL LINKS AUDIT: 300+ Articles: Annual review of all links in all articles, fixed 42 broken links.
        • RESOURCE LIST: Health Career Resources: Updated nine, discarded 12, added 22 new resources. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: Health and Medicine Job Boards: Added 41 new job boards. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: Business and Finance Job Boards: Added 43 new job boards. (View)

        November 2013

        • RESOURCE LIST: International Law Career Resources: Updated 50 resources, discarded 8, added 33 new resources. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: International Law Job Boards: Added 10 new job boards. (View)

        October 2013

        • RESOURCE LIST: Engineering Resources: Updated 35 resources, discarded 1, added 22 new resources. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: Engineering Job Boards: Added 24 new job boards. (View)

        August 2013 (Release of MyWorldAbroad version 1.0)

        • LAUNCH MyWorldAbroad 1.0: After 2.5 years of development, we are proud to release version 1.0 with new features too numerous to document here. We retired our old site The BIG Guide to Living and Woking Overseas.
        • RESOURCE LIST: All Job Boards: Reviewed and updated all Job Boards (approx. 200), removed approx. 30, removed accounting tag, ensured that job boards on career job boards also appeared on all job board. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: International Job Hunting Resources: Updated 11, removed two. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: International Internships with Canadian Government: Uploaded or reviewed coding for 26 resources.  (View)
        • ALL ARTICLES: UN and Other IGOs: Reviewed and updated articles. (View sample)
        • RESOURCE LIST: UN and Other IGOs: Added 139 new resources. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: UN and Other IGOs Resources: Reviewed and updated 14 resources, discarded seven, added four new resources. (View)
        • RESOURCE LIST: UN and Other IGOs Job Boards: Reviewed and updated seven resources, discarded seven, added four new job boards. (View)

        Sample Application Documents: See How Others Did It!
        Get inspired by actual documents that real students used to apply for internships, volunteer positions and other go abroad experiences.
        In a Rush? Read These Articles First
        These carefully chosen articles will lead you to our most important go abroad strategies!
        Discover the Career Value of Going Abroad
        Get the facts! See surveys and stats linking your experiences abroad to future career success.
        Quick Guides! Our Most Popular Go Abroad Topics
        View, print or share our easy-to-use guides available in English, French and Spanish.
        The World Online
        Want to stay in touch with the world? Check out these top (and sometime quirky) links!
        Do You Have Enough International Experience?
        Have you maximized your international experience? Are you ready for the international job search? Find out!
        What's Your International IQ?
        How much do you really know about living and working abroad? Take this quiz to find out!
        Are You Prepared for the International Job Search?
        How much do you know about international jobs in your field? Get ready for a targeted job search!
        Quizzes: Your Master Scorecard
        Check your scores for all quiz categories: international skills, experience & the job search.
        Self-Evaluations: Think Analytically About Going Abroad
        Keep track of your evolving international skill set before, during and after your international experience. Be ready to apply for jobs in the global economy.
        Career-Boosting Strategies for International Students Studying in North America
        What does it take for an international student to succeed in North America? We’ve got tips to help you thrive!
        Earn $25 Gift Card & Submit Your Story From Abroad
        Been abroad? Want to share your story? Submit your Q&A today to see your experience online!
        Frequently Asked Questions
        Find answers to all your questions about MyWorldAbroad by diving into our Frequently Asked Questions section.
        Top Tips on Going Abroad & Your Career
        Scan our top tips in 40 go abroad subject areas: international skills, getting experience, finding work, and the professions.
        Your International Resume & LinkedIn
        Write your international resume first, and then create that all-important LinkedIn profile.
        International Skills: Be More Than Just a Tourist!
        International people have a unique skill set. Learn the terminology and get professional about describing your time abroad.
        100+ Ways to Maximize the Career Value of Your Time Abroad
        Discover enterprising, innovative ideas for how to demonstrate your international skills to future employers.