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Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 16:44 in In the News

As we enter into 2014, we here at MyWorldAbroad want to wish you all the best for the coming year. Whether or not you believe in making new year's resolutions, we hope you plan on making the coming year an enriching cross-cultural experience for yourself. Focus on the positive, embrace diversity and challenge yourself to build your global career skills and international experience.

Whether your new year includes plans to learn a language, study abroad for the first time or land a career-boosting international internship, we're excited to provide information and resources to help you... Read the full article

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Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 15:24 in In the News, International Skills, The Professions

International development is one of the most cross-cultural industries in existence. Being an international aid worker can be as thrilling and rewarding as it is challenging. As a result, the field is highly competitive, and to be successful takes perseverance, practical skill and serious cultural know-how.

Aspiring international aid workers are always keen to find out how successful professionals worked their way to success. We all know that real-world experience and strong professional networks are a great starting point, but what else can you do to boost your chances of success... Read the full article

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Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 - 12:02 in In the News

Media outlets are awash with tributes to former South African president Nelson Mandela today. Mandela, an icon of the anti-apartheid movement, and the country’s first black president, died Thursday at the age of 95. 

Sentenced to life in prison for his revolutionary anti-apartheid actions, Mandela served 27 years in jail before being released in 1990. From racial reconciliation and land reform to the fight against poverty and the quest for justice in the face of human rights abuses, Mandela consistently embodied a spirit of philanthropy, respect, tolerance, resilience and humility.... Read the full article

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Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 13:05 in In the News

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience foreign cultures is through cuisine; and with the advent of the Internet, recipes from around the world are available instantly, at the click of a button.

As the weather gets colder, why not heat up your kitchen with dishes from around the world? Or invite your international friends to a cross-cultural pot-luck dinner?

Think of it this way: just because you are in your home country, doesn’t mean you have to eat that way! Being adventurous in the kitchen can help keep you excited until your next adventure abroad.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 00:00 in Intern Abroad, In the News

The woes of the unpaid intern are a major topic of discussion in the college bars and around the water coolers of North America these days. Internships and extended volunteer positions have almost become a necessary step between education and paid entry-level positions, and recent grads face fierce competition when trying to land an internship with a firm or organization. In order to support themselves for the duration of one or more internships, they must either get support from family members, or go further into debt. But for most, the value of a few extra bullet points on their resumes... Read the full article

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Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 14:35 in In the News, International Skills

The words “time” and “punctuality” have different meanings and associations in different regions of the world. An American businessman who shows up on time for a meeting in Ghana is likely to find himself tapping his foot for at least half an hour, but travelers who arrive two minutes late to catch a Swiss train will almost certainly miss their ride. Climate, culture, religion, economics, philosophy – all these elements play roles in how a region or nation develops its approach to time and punctuality.

Most of our readers are totally accustomed to the North American way of dealing... Read the full article

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Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 05:18 in In the News, Study Abroad

Study abroad experiences are crucial, because they pull you out of your comfort zone and challenge you to develop skills you never knew you needed. The things you learn about the world (and yourself) while abroad become integrated into your personality and your professional potential, building you into a more world-wise individual and cross-culturally capable worker.

But still, only about one per cent of US students study abroad, and there is some debate in the public sphere about the value of studying abroad. Here at MyWorldAbroad, we can clearly see the huge value of going abroad... Read the full article

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Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 12:10 in International Skills, Work Abroad, In the News

MyWorldAbroad provides tons of great advice about what it takes to land a job abroad, and the many different approaches you can take in order to be successful. We're always excited to read real-world stories from young people who have taken the leap and immersed themselves in a foreign workplace.

Alexandra Talty, a freelance journalist, decided to leave her home behind and head to Lebanon to learn Arabic and further develop her career. She talked to Forbes magazine about her decision and also shared some great first-hand advice in her own recent article for the magazine. Why not... Read the full article

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 - 12:59 in In the News, Language Learning

Language learning is challenging, but extremely rewarding and a great career booster for any aspiring international professional. One of the most common pieces of advice that we hear from students and young professionals who are returning from abroad is that they wish they'd spent more time learning the languages of their host countries before they left North America. Many also tell us they wish they'd spent more time actually speaking the host language while they were abroad. 

If you're preparing to head abroad to study, work or volunteer, we recommend starting your language... Read the full article

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Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:09 in In the News, Volunteer Abroad

Non-profit organization United Planet is hosting a photo and video contest. Submissions are due by August 21st, so if you're just heading abroad for your summer adventure, keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready!

According to the guidelines, all entries "should aim to illustrate the ideas of cross-cultural understanding, friendship and supporting one another" at home or abroad.

Check out the official submission rules here. 

The grand prize is a two-week United Planet volunteer quest, so don't miss this opportunity!

You can also check out the United Planet... Read the full article

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