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An Empowering Virtual Internship in Nicaragua
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Communicating Creatively In Spain
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Food, Fun And Festivals In Germany
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A Bright & Friendly Cross-cultural Workspace
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From Korea to Oman: Teaching English Around the World!
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A Globally-minded Visit to Qatar
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Across Europe In A Caravan!
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Learning The Local Ways Of Addis Ababa
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Architectural Adventures in Australia
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Daring to Go Solo in Ireland
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A Love Affair with Shanghai
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A Literary Education in the UK
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Hospitality and Hosting in the DCR
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Insight And Education In Korea
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Finding Home, By Teaching Abroad
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An Eye-opening Experience Teaching in South Korea
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12 Months, 12 Countries!
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Growing Abroad: Hong Kong & South Korea
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Hustle and Bustle in Vietnam
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From Daydream to Reality: Teaching Abroad
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An Open Mind & Open Arms in Spain
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An International Career in the Making: Asia, Africa and Beyond
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Bliss on a Budget in Brazil
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Discovering the World on Campus: International Skills at Home
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Stepping Outside the Box in Sweden!
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Giving In Guatemala
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Getting Sporty In Switzerland!
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Business And Pleasure In Australia
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Do It Yourself! A Proactive Intern in Rome
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Fast Friendship in Korea
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A Spring Semester in London
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Un stage au Cambodge (Français)
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Soaking Up Japanese Culture
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Getting Caffeinated In Bolivia
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Learning While Teaching in Beijing
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Real Stories And Real People In Mexico
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Ten Years Teaching In Seoul
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Tips From Tasmania
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Getting Settled In Seoul
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Encountering Cultures Across Europe
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Adaptation And Appreciation In Japan
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Caring And Career Skills In Belize
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Changing Course In China
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The Warmest Welcome in Guatemala
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Enthusiasm, Education and Experience in Greece
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English Teaching In Eastern Europe
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China, South Africa And Beyond!
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Virtual Internship in Nicaragua
Her thoughts on Virtual Work Skills
As part of the first-ever virtual intern cohort, trial and error were a natural part of the process! But collaboration prevailed and we adjusted to all the features of video call software.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
I researched Nicaraguan sport and fitness in attempts to make anatomy class a little more interesting -- but personal encounters always triumph over research!
Her thoughts on Virtual Work Skills
Patience is the most useful tool when working with technology, as the solution is usually simple and achieved by remaining calm. Frozen faces, delayed responses and technical difficulties were guaranteed!
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
All cultures have different ways of seeing things. We see the world through a biased lens, regardless of our best intentions. Challenging conversations can help us learn and grow.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
Teaching in a new culture, I knew I had to expand my understanding of health and science in the region to teach successfully.
Studied & Learned a Language in Spain
SUNY: Oneonta
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
It's important to prepare yourself for the shock of being in a culture that's completely different from your own.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
Although Spanish culture is different from American culture, it doesn't mean that either one is wrong or right. They are each unique.
Her thoughts on Motivation
I wasn't making as much progress in Spanish class as I thought I should have been, so the best option for me was to become fully immersed in the culture – where I'd have no choice but to communicate in Spanish!
Studied & Learned a Language in Germany
Western
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
My advice for others is that when you're on your excursions, be sure to explore the treasures within your own host city too!
Her thoughts on Motivation
If you have an interest in your host country, you'll find it's easy to adapt. You might even find new cultural norms that suit you better than your own.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
If you get lost in the middle of Barcelona looking for the Picasso museum, so what? Explore what's around you!
Her thoughts on Coming Home
Coming back felt as if I had left my second home.
Virtual Internship in China
Her thoughts on Virtual Work Skills
I bought decorations at the dollar store, including a children's map, letters and bunting to create a cheerful Zoom learning environment.
Her thoughts on Virtual Work Skills
Managing my schedule was a challenge because I was working on Beijing time, with lessons at 5am my time. But once I set myself a routine, it got much better!
Her thoughts on Virtual Work Skills
Of course I'd like to travel to China and teach in person, but working virtually is great opportunity to connect while we do not otherwise have the chance.
Her thoughts on Virtual Work Skills
My first class felt like a disaster! I was tangled in my headset and pointing in the wrong direction, but like anything in life, with practice it started to feel a lot easier.
Taught English in Asia & the Middle East
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
Researching destinations ahead of time and using social media to network beforehand is key in having a good experience abroad in my opinion.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
I only planned to teach for a year, but I enjoyed the experience so much I decided to keep renewing my contract. A decade later, I’m still abroad!
Her thoughts on Adaptation
This life isn’t for everyone. You'll have challenges, but it's a learning experience and has shown me just how adaptable I can be.
Traveled in the Middle East
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
To bridge the cultural divide, I had to accept that in Qatar modernity and tradition are not polar opposites, but rather two dynamics that define society equally.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
First-hand insight can't be gained in the classroom, so it was important to me to challenge my American-centric viewpoints through an immersive experience abroad.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
Always reflect on your own society before evaluating another. You can’t find common ground unless you’re open to changing your preconceptions -- both about your host culture and about your own.
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
While appearance isn’t everything, making a sincere effort to accommodate your host’s cultural norms is an essential sign of respect in professional settings.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
If I could give one piece of advice to a young traveler, it would be to do some research beforehand. Having basic background knowledge about the central pillars of the country you’re visiting makes all the difference.
Traveled in Europe
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.
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 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.
Studied 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.
Interned 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 The Right Attitude
I only regret that there were places I didn’t visit because I was nervous. To anyone studying abroad I recommend taking advantage of invitations and solo adventures. See everything you can.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
In Canada, classes are lecture-based with lots of note taking. But about halfway through my first class in England we put down our pens and to debate us to really think and gain the confidence needed to speak our opinions.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
I'm an aspiring author, and I was interested in walking the same streets as the greatest writers.
Worked in the DCR
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.
Taught English 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 Hong Kong
His thoughts on Cultural Differences
I like knowing I've lived in a place where things are done very differently, and everything still functions.
His thoughts on The International Workplace
Respect the way they run their classrooms abroad. And try to fit in.
His thoughts on Personal Growth
Simply put: When I'm teaching abroad, I feel at home.
Taught English in South Korea
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
When it comes down to deciding which country and program to choose, do a ton of research and conduct informational interviews to find out what’s best for you.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
While abroad, I realized my passion for teaching and developed a greater understanding and appreciation for every teacher around the world.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
You will encounter difficult situations abroad, but it's important to stay open-minded to new experiences, people, cultures and perspectives.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
Remember to use body language to communicate! Smiles are universal – they work with anyone, anywhere.
Traveled in Asia & Europe
His thoughts on Cultural Differences
Cultural differences manifest in small ways. You'll learn to understand them by staying open-minded in all situations. Ultimately, I got over the fact that some people weren’t going to like me, and embraced those who did.
His thoughts on First Impressions
I was surprised to discover how friendly most people are abroad. The Vietnamese people were warm and kind, even in the rainy months, even in the blistering heat!
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
Looking back on everything, if I could’ve changed one thing, it would be to lighten up and have more fun.
Taught English in Hong Kong
Her thoughts on Adaptation
If you stay in a place long enough, there comes a point when the culture becomes part of you.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
It was through all of my experiences in Korea that I truly came into myself and wasn’t afraid anymore to be who I wanted to be. I was free!
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
I formed friendships with teachers from five different continents, learned how to be independent in unfamiliar surroundings and challenged myself to try as many new experiences as possible.
His thoughts on Taking It All In
Observing the traffic proved to be a way in to understanding Vietnamese culture.
His thoughts on First Impressions
The city is constantly in motion. People moving, weaving in and out of traffic, but with few fender-benders and no road rage ever seen.
His thoughts on Motivation
I knew that by touring and tasting the food, I'd also be learning about the local culture!
Taught English in Asia
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
I welcomed discomfort. I knew that only through discomfort would I find the changes I was looking for.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
I stepped into the classroom unsure of myself, but by the end of the year, I walked of the school a completely different person.
Her thoughts on Motivation
If there’s one piece of advice I can give you, it’s: book the ticket. Put fear aside. Do what you’re most afraid of. The rest of your life is waiting on the other side.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
The idea of moving to a new country filled with me fear. But it turned out that the idea of staying in Canada and never leaving was scarier.
Taught English in Spain
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
I personally think the best way to be successful is to put your all into the experience. This way, you learn something new about the culture and people every day.
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
I’m now a freelance English teacher in Berlin, all because of teaching English abroad!
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
The level of directness varies from culture to culture. One could easily be offended, but it is easier to recognize that this is just the way people are.
Worked in Africa & Asia
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
In Ethiopia I discovered that during the month-long orthodox Easter holiday, meat would no longer be available at my local market or restaurant.
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
Working for Doctors Without Borders can be extremely challenging but the rewards are immediate and inspirational.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
Ramadan occurred at the height of summer. Getting workers to do heavy labor in 95-degree weather with no food or water felt wrong. I conceded that productivity would be lost for the entire month. Their faith (and health) was more important.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
I take a rugby ball with me wherever I go. I have done everything from playing catch with co-workers to having friendly games in the community to coaching youth teams.
Traveled in South America
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
I found the lack of organization frustrating at times, there is beauty in this way of life as well.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Don’t be afraid to spend money abroad, especially if you’re in a country with a low cost of living. Try new foods, visit landmarks and travel as much as you can.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
Most Brazilians only know greetings in English, so being able to communicate in the local language helped me in my day-to-day life and allowed me to be a more active participant in the events that I attended.
Built Experience in Canada
University of Ottawa
His thoughts on Personal Growth
To me, contact with other cultures is like a breath of fresh air, drawing the mind outward, beyond simple preconceptions and rendering the bigger picture visible.
His thoughts on Motivation
Here’s a key piece of advice for every global career hopeful: Keep in mind that lectures, textbooks and classrooms aren’t the only place to learn.
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
I knew that beyond pursuing my diploma, I also wanted to build relevant skills and experience during my time at university.
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
There are many ways to build international skills on campus. Classroom discussions, international students, extracurriculars, sports, music and art all play a role in developing your cross-cultural awareness.
Studied 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!
Volunteered in Guatemala
University of British Columbia
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Some of my fondest memories from my trip to Guatemala include the times I spent speaking with locals, playing with their children, and helping them prepare meals.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
The locals I met not only opened my eyes to a new way of life but also provided me with insight on my own strengths and passions.
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 Australia
HEC Montreal
His thoughts on Motivation
It's fundamental for our generation to understand the forces that shape the cultural backgrounds of people around us. Traveling is undoubtedly the best way to gain that understanding.
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
This experience taught me that everything eventually falls into place in life and there's no need to worry about things we can't control.
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
If you are willing to try new things and push your limits, I don't see how your study abroad experience could not be a success.
His thoughts on Boosting Your Career
As a business student, studying overseas was a great idea as it enabled me to extend my business network. I met individuals abroad that could eventually become business partners.
His thoughts on Coming Home
I have decided to be as passionate about my hometown as I am about other places of the world. Surely, I would have never truly appreciated home if I had not gone away.
Interned in Italy
University of Wisconsin: Oshkosh
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
When I wanted to make a career change I looked back at what impacted me the most as an undergrad -- and that was studying abroad.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
I'm so glad that I started looking into it months before I had to travel, because that was an extensive process.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
There was no official application, just me taking an idea and running with it!
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
By looking at my experiences as adventures instead of challenges, I shaped those experiences positively.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
The most important thing that I learned when 2087 was to take things with a grain of salt, be flexible, and laugh at your mistakes. It's just as hard for the people you are trying to communicate with as it is for you!
Her thoughts on The Application Process
My number one tip would be not to give up on something you really want to do! I heard a lot of "no" before I finally heard "yes"!
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.
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.
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.
Studied in Japan
Mount Royal University
His thoughts on Motivation
I was introduced to the world of Japan through comics, and from that I was motivated to do more research.
His thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
Getting everything in order early will give you time to think of anything you might have forgotten, and give you a chance to relax before you travel.
His thoughts on Cultural Differences
The way that the Japanese perceive themselves in relation to everyone else around them, and in different situations, dictates everything from how they act to how they speak. Hierarchy is very important.
His thoughts on Taking It All In
Meet new people. All of a sudden you'll have a life outside of the exchange program, and your life in whatever country you're in becomes much more exciting.
His thoughts on Personal Growth
To judge something like this as a "˜success' is an understatement. In reality there isn't a word I could put to such a massive thing as my year in Japan. I just want to go back.
His thoughts on Communicating Abroad
The meaning of a handshake, or a bow from the waist, or a smile often says more than a word ever could.
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.
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 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.
Taught English in Korea
His thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
I suggest trying to find out the working conditions beforehand, or try contacting a friend or acquaintance that lives in the area to see what advice they have.
His thoughts on First Impressions
One of my first big surprises was the amount of hours some students are required to study. They're usually even too busy to participate in extra-curricular activities.
His thoughts on The International Workplace
The best advice for teaching cross-cultural would be the same as teaching local students: have patience.
Working Holiday 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!
Taught English in Korea
Mount Allison University
Her thoughts on Motivation
I wanted another chance to live in a foreign culture, but I wanted to take it a step further and go where I wouldn’t be able speak or read the language.
Her thoughts on First Impressions
I felt disoriented and overwhelmed in the first couple of weeks. The jet lag, new language, pollution and creepy seafood all added up to feeling way out of my comfort zone.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
It was tough to connect with other teachers outside of school, but my breakthrough came when I got involve with the Seoul Players, a theater company for expats.
Traveled in Europe
Plymouth State University
Her thoughts on Coming Home
I quickly realized that people tire of hearing your stories. It's difficult to communicate what the experience abroad was truly like. I began missing my gypsy lifestyle.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
I worked six days a week, sometimes for over 12 hours a day to make over $4,500 in three months, enough to fund my travels, as well as the necessary preparations, like a passport and a quality backpack.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
Fear holds people back from taking the leap to travel, but I believe it is vital to have as many unique experiences as you can. I believe in living an extraordinary life.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
We rarely ate at restaurants, instead packing picnics. But we made sure to have one nice meal out in each country to taste local specialities.
Taught English in Japan
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
The most important thing I learned about communication was that insecurity wasn't going to get me anywhere.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
I realized that my Japanese wasn't going to improve unless I used it, and I didn't need to be afraid of talking to strangers – all of my best encounters came as a result of taking a chance with people.
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
Teaching in Japan made an immeasurable impact on my life. When I returned to Canada, I knew I had to stay connected to this experience in some way – it really shaped my career aspirations.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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 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!
Volunteered in Mexico
St. Ambrose University
Her thoughts on Motivation
I absolutely love helping others. I’m very involved in a variety of volunteer experiences at home and I wanted to continue with this type of work while I was abroad.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
I felt like my time abroad had gone by so fast. It was a dream that I wanted to keep dreaming.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
By putting myself out of my comfort zone I was forced to speak the language. After my experience, I feel that studying abroad is one of the very best ways to learn a language.
Her thoughts on Adaptation
I always made sure to respect the different cultural values held by the locals: eating when and what they ate, greeting the way they did, and wearing the same types of clothes.

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