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About Go Overseas
President & Co-Founder
Like you, I am passionate about traveling and experiencing different cultures. I first traveled to Taiwan to teach English and instantly fell in love with its friendly people and delicious food. My 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 my travel to do list? I'm looking forward to volunteering with wildlife in South Africa, and perhaps studying Spanish in Argentina!
CTO & Co-Founder
After graduating with a lucrative degree in Art History, I decided to throw caution to the wind and teach English abroad in Taiwan. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made, because it was here where I met Mitch and together we founded Go Overseas.
I have 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 I am. These days I am a huge data nerd and love the web and all its awesome technologies. The challenge of solving interesting problems excites me 90% of the time.
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.
The least traveled member of the Go Overseas team, Nadia has compiled an extensive travel wishlist. 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.
Ben isn't on Twitter yet, but we hope he jumps on the bandwagon one of these days!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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+.
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+.
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+.
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.
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 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+.
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+.