About Go Overseas

Go Overseas Team

GoOverseas.com was started with the simple idea of creating a centralized website to provide the resources required for meaningful travel abroad. That idea has grown and expanded into what you see here, a community driven website of like minded people who are all passionate about teaching, studying, volunteering, interning, high school, and gap year abroad. Please join us in our mission to build a great online community for any and all people interested in meaningful travel abroad!

Our whole team is on LinkedIn - check us out there. Also be sure to meet our contributing editors team!

  • MITCH GORDON
    President & Co-Founder

    Like you, Mitch is passionate about traveling and experiencing different cultures. He first traveled to Taiwan to teach English and instantly fell in love with its friendly people and delicious food. His aim is to model future travel after the motto of this website, "Travel with a Purpose". After participating in a program abroad, make sure to come back and leave a rating and review on this website. User ratings and reviews are the most important resource on Go Overseas, so give back to the community by leaving a review of any program you have participated in. Next on his travel to do list? He's looking forward to volunteering with wildlife in South Africa, and perhaps studying Spanish in Argentina!

    You can email him at Mitch@GoOverseas.com and follow him on Twitter at @mitchgordongo.

  • ANDREW DUNKLE
    CTO & Co-Founder

    After graduating with a lucrative degree in Art History, Andrew decided to throw caution to the wind and teach English abroad in Taiwan. This turned out to be one of the best decisions he's ever made, because it was here where he met Mitch and together they founded Go Overseas.

    He has a great interest in overseas programs after taking a gap childhood in Australia and studying abroad in Italy. These were very formative experiences that have defined who he is. These days he is a huge data nerd and loves the web and all its awesome technologies. The challenge of solving interesting problems excites him 90% of the time.

    You can email him at Andrew@GoOverseas.com and follow him on Twitter at @AndrewOverseas.

  • TUCKER HUTCHINSON
    COO & Co-Founder

    Tucker is an avid traveler with 25+ countries under his belt (Greece and Laos top his list). Working here stokes his wanderlust on a daily basis, but he's having too much fun collaborating with the rest of the team to consider hitting the road again anytime soon. He's a native Californian who made it through 6 years in New York and one in Korea before returning home to the Bay Area. Tucker loves cavorting with friends, food, exploring San Francisco, and hanging out with his family in beautiful Sonoma.

    You can email him at Tucker@GoOverseas.com and follow him on Twitter at @tuckeroverseas.

  • NADIA MUBASHAR
    Website Director

    The least traveled member of the Go Overseas team, Nadia has compiled an extensive travel wish list. To get started, she plans to study Spanish in Barcelona, explore Chile and India, and backpack through Laos, Vietnam, and Central Asia. She uses all her free time coding, watching sports (preferably basketball, football, or hockey), at the gym or yoga studio, and people watching.

    You can email her at Nadia@GoOverseas.com and follow her on Twitter at @NadiaMubashar.

  • BEN ROSS
    Lead Developer

    Ben is a Berkeley PhD turned entrepreneur and web engineer. These days, Ben "travels" mainly through cyberspace, and his "foreign languages" include Ruby, PHP, and Javascript. When he's not immersed in code, Ben is shooting music videos or performing with an indie rock band in and around the Bay Area.

    Ben isn't on Twitter yet, but we hope he jumps on the bandwagon one of these days!

  • ANIS SALVESEN
    Volunteer Abroad & Gap Year Director

    Anis is a native Californian who began traveling abroad when she was 4 weeks old and has been hooked on travel ever since. Though most of her volunteering abroad has been in Mexico, she's really excited to someday volunteer with elephants in Thailand and pandas in China. If you sat next to her on a plane you'd discover she's a polyglot (5 languages, working on a 6th) and outdoor enthusiast who's passionate about food, hanging out outside her comfort zone and the power of technology to create positive change.

    You can email her at Anis@GoOverseas.com and follow her on Twitter at @VolunteeReviews and @GapYearReviews.

  • JESSIE BECK
    Content & Teach Abroad Director

    Originally from the Washington DC area, Jessie Beck studied anthropology in Dakar, Senegal and Malta, taught ESL in Costa Rica, and volunteered as an education volunteer with the Peace Corps in Madagascar (2011-2013). Now, she is finally back in the U.S. working at the Go Overseas office in California as the Teach Abroad & Content Director for Go Overseas. When not at work or traveling the globe, she can be found rock climbing, eating her way through the Bay Area, blogging, or reading travelogues in her local coffee shop.

    You can email her at Jessie@GoOverseas.com and follow her on Twitter at @TeachReviews and @beatnomad.

  • ANNA MORRIS
    Study & Intern Abroad Director

    Anna describes herself as a Midwest/West Coast hybrid. She is a Southern California native but was transplanted at a young age to a small town in Wisconsin. She grew to love the four seasons, wide-open space and caring community. Anna attended college in Minnesota but traveled far and wide while she was a student. Her first study abroad experience was in England and after that, there was no turning back. She has explored much of Europe and South Africa and aspires to step foot on every continent during her lifetime (yes - even Antarctica!) A few of Anna's favorite things include: VW Bugs, any song by Tom Petty, saltwater (preferably in close proximity to sand), purple knick knacks, Golden Retrievers, craft beer, Will Ferrell, campfires and string cheese.

    You can email her at Anna@GoOverseas.com and follow her on Twitter at @StudyReviews and @AnnaHaleigh.

Our Writing Team

Among the hundreds of writing applications and pitches we have received over the years, these all-stars stood out for their excellent blogging/writing experience, social media expertise, and contagious love for travel -- which is why we've brought them on as part of our rockin' content team. So without further ado, we'd like to introduce you to the journalistic masterminds behind our blog: our lovely writers.

Want to write for Go Overseas? Check our career page for openings, or apply to our Writing Corps.

Senior Contributing Editors

  • KATE EVANS
    Gap Years | Career Breaks | Africa

    Kate Evans is a freelance writer currently based in Santa Clara, California. She has a BA with Honors from Davidson College and has studied, lived, traveled, and worked throughout Europe and Africa. Published internationally, travel is her favorite pastime and writing subject. Follow her on Google+ or on Kate Evan's website.

  • LISA HARVEY
    Study Abroad | Languages | Italy

    Lisa studied in Ascoli Piceno, Italy in 2010 and since has always needed to have a flight booked somewhere. After failing at office life, she flew to Italy and became a European tour-guide for a year. Now, she's focusing on her writing while living in Florence with her boyfriend. Check her out on Google+ or her sweet blog.

  • COLIN HEINRICH
    Gap Years | Photography | Southeast Asia

    Colin spent his childhood being dragged kicking and screaming across America. As an adult, he realized he's a glutton for punishment, and now he's throwing himself across the world one country at a time. He lives for the story and will do anything for the experience of it, though his friends think that's a weak excuse for eating that cricket in Thailand. Colin enjoys guacamole, music festivals, and that place in Joshua Tree that looks like a Salvador Dali painting if you look at it right. Follow him at Elsewhere Man and on G+.

  • JASON ROGERS
    Teach Abroad | Languages | France | China

    Jason is a hockey player from Virginia, and his passport is a quilt of stamps and visas. He studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris, worked in International Ed in China, celebrated Thanksgiving in Amsterdam and cheered July 4th in Brazil. Jason can recite Sartre in 3 languages just as fast as he can put a puck past your ear. Follow Jason on his blog, on Twitter @HeyJayJRogers and on Google+.

  • NATALIE SOUTHWICK
    Volunteer Abroad | Latin America

    Natalie has made appearances in 14 different countries and currently resides in Bogota, Colombia, where she ogles mountains on a daily basis, eats an overwhelming amount of arepas and works at a human rights NGO. Despite her dramatic love of Latin America, she does get homesick when reminded of Boston sports teams, oceans, seasons, breakfast cereal and/or the entire stock of Trader Joe's. International craisins donations are both encouraged and welcome. She exists at @nsouthwick, her blog, and on Google+.

  • RACHAEL TAFT
    Intern Abroad | Australia

    Growing up in the Midwest, Rachael couldn't wait to get out and see the world. She escaped the cold north to attend the University of South Carolina, where she spent semesters studying in Italy and Thailand and a summer interning in Sydney. After graduation, Rachael took some time to travel solo in South America, have a few crazy adventures in Sweden & Jordan, and Work & Holiday for a year in Australia. Rachael is now back in the States, where she continues to obsess over all things travel on Twitter @GirlUnmapped and her blog Girl, Unmapped. She currently works as a Communications Officer at Cultural Vistas.

Contributing Editors

  • ELAINA GIOLANDO

    A former NYC management consultant turned legal nomad, Elaina Giolando writes about the intersection of career, life, and travel for today's 20-somethings. She currently works as an international media representative, traveling to a new country every 3 months to live and work. In her spare time, she focuses on providing her peers inspiration to proactively create rewarding and unconventional lifestyles. Follow Elaina on her blog Life Before 30 or @_LifeBefore30.

  • STEVE PATTON

    Steve is a 27 year old travel enthusiast. He calls Boston home, though he spends as much time on the road as he does in any one place these days. He's part of the marketing team at LanguageCorps and a freelance writer, in between playing drums in various touring bands and trying to become a better photographer. Japan is next on his travel wish list! Follow him on Google+.

  • MANDI SCHMITT

    After quickly discovering that the normal, sedentary life just wasn't for her, Mandi Schmitt devoted her life to exploring. This decision has led her to reside in places like Rome, London, India, Costa Rica, Montana, San Diego, and now currently Tanzania. She is always planning her next adventure, so keep up with her on This Limitless World, Facebook, @1LimitlessWorld and Google+.