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Category: Stories from Abroad (149 posts)
Posted on Monday, June 15, 2020 - 11:44 in Stories from Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

Short-term volunteer strips abroad can build significant cross-cultural understanding. While working as a professional massage therapist in the US, Uma has taken a number of short-term insight volunteer trips to, among other places, Guatemala and Peru. On every trip, she tries to immerse herself fully in her host culture, and to really understand the local way of life.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 11:22 in Stories from Abroad, Study Abroad

Meryn spent a semester studying abroad in Sweden. Her story is inspirational not only because of the cross-cultural knowledge she gained while overseas, but also because of her forward-thinking approach. Meryn did her research and made sure she'd be in the perfect position, both financially and in terms of her academic career, to head abroad. Check out her story.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 11:05 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, May 27, 2020 - 12:09 in Stories from Abroad, Study Abroad

Heather spent some of her childhood traveling, which set her globetrotting spark alight. During university, she wanted to beef up the immersion element of her Spanish language study, so she chose to undertake a full academic year on exchange at the Tec de Monterrey campus in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 13:13 in Stories from Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

Bushra's story offers a great example of a student who makes the most of her trips abroad, viewing the excursions as learning experiences, but also as tools for self-reflection and self-assessment. Her story of a short-term volunteer trip to Guatemala highlights the important realizations that become possible when a student rises to the challenge of going abroad. Check out Bushra's story here. Been abroad? Tell us about it!

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Posted on Monday, May 11, 2020 - 10:24 in Stories from Abroad, Work Abroad

Elisabeth knew that she wanted to use her undergraduate co-op placement to learn about international workplace culture in a developing nation. While working as a project officer in the nursing services department of a Nairobi university, she built career-boosting cross-cultural communication skills, and used her free time to fully immerse herself in the colorful, flavorful local culture.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 11:22 in Stories from Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

Alyssa is a great example of how even short-term volunteer trips abroad can have a big impact. Each reading week, Alyssa travels to a new location to participate in a different volunteer program. Here, she recounts what she learned working with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, and with a medical outreach group in Nicaragua.

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Posted on Monday, May 4, 2020 - 11:11 in Stories from Abroad, Travel Abroad

Megan caught the travel bug at a young age and has been skipping around the globe ever since! She took a moment to tell us about her travels and her perspective on cross-cultural encounters. "At the end of the day, we have more in common than we think! It's fun to celebrate the similarities and recognize the differences."

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Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 12:43 in Stories from Abroad, Study Abroad

With an interest in international business and a passion for travel, Kristina knew she wanted to study abroad. Battling culture shock and the strain of adaptation, Kristina nonetheless managed to thrive in her host city of Lyon – even maximizing her study experience by taking on an additional internship with a small French firm.

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Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 01:00 in Stories from Abroad, Volunteer Abroad

Katie volunteered at the Sandipani Muni School in Vrindavan, India, working in a school, teaching basic skills to children as they learned the English language. Katie was studying occupational therapy at the time. Check out her story to learn how this short-term volunteering term both challenged and invigorated her course of study. Read it now.

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