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  • Is it a Bad Idea to Take a Year Off to Teach Abroad?
    By Richelle Gamlam on 05/23/2016
    Hi Go Overseas! I've always wanted to travel and live overseas, so I thought teaching abroad would be a great idea. However, I'm worried about how this will affect my career and current lifestyle, especially when it comes to finding a job afterward. Is it stupid to take a year off to teach...
  • If you were going to take a gap year, where would you go?
    By Colin Heinrich on 05/20/2016
    If you had to guess one thing that everybody working for Go Overseas had in common, what would you choose -- besides the fact that we're all devilishly charming, sharp as a tack, and can cook a mean soufflé, of course. Personally, I'd guess that we all love to travel, but that's just me...
  • Ideas for Adventure Travel in Southeast Asia
    By Richelle Gamlam on 05/19/2016
    Jump ahead to your favorite adventure: Kayaking River rafting Rock climbing and deep water soloing Scuba diving Hiking and trekking Ziplining Canyoning Surfing Sandboarding Base and bungee jumping A trip to Southeast Asia doesn't just involve eating incredible food and...
  • How to Make the Most of Solo Travel Abroad
    By Elaina Giolando on 05/16/2016
    I remember sitting on the street that day in Guatemala, my backpack tucked under my arm, feeling very, very alone. And very stupid. Why was I taking a 10-hour bus ride across the country with no one by my side? With no one to share the experience? Besides the sense of impending doom I had...
  • Common Study Abroad Challenges and How to Deal With Them
    By Delia Harrington on 05/12/2016
    I was afraid I had made a huge mistake, and I felt like I couldn't talk to anyone back home about it. I was in an apartment in Cuba where the phone connection was so weak there was no sense calling anyone when it rained, sharing a cold shower and two bathrooms with sixteen other roommates. Let...
  • Can You Teach Abroad as a Non-Native Speaker?
    By Richelle Gamlam on 05/11/2016
    Hi Richelle! I'm from Italy and I speak English fluently -- I grew up speaking it and went to English language schools from primary on. However, all the jobs I look at say that I need to be a native English speaker. Is this true? Can I still teach abroad? What are my options? Thanks, Near-...
  • How to make the most of your gap year abroad [ad]
    By Elaina Giolando on 05/09/2016
    Every year an estimated 250,000 young people from across the globe go on gap year. It's a pit stop on life's superhighway of education, work, marriage, and family that allows an individual, usually after high school, college, or between jobs, the opportunity to explore their purpose and interests...
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  • Tips for Staying Safe While Studying Abroad in Europe
    By Lisa Saltagi on 05/05/2016
    If you've already started looking into study abroad programs, more likely than not the word safety has come out of your mouth, your families, or someone within the abroad organizations or maybe the US Government. This isn't about foreign areas being "dangerous" for Americans. It is about...
  • An Open Letter to Malia Obama: Thank You For Taking a Gap Year
    By Mandi Schmitt on 05/03/2016
    Dear Malia, When the Go Overseas team filed into work yesterday morning, we were met with a flurry of phone calls and emails from reporters who wanted to learn more about the concept of a gap year. The number of visitors exploring the gap year programs and articles we have on our site shot up,...
  • Burma travel tips
    By Elaina Giolando on 05/02/2016
    Having only officially re-opened its doors to tourism in 2010, Burma is one of the most untouched countries in Asia today. Whether you are venturing there as a teacher, volunteer, or backpacker, this country will both charm and challenge you while providing some of the most unforgettable...
  • Get ahead in your ESL career
    By Lucas Fink on 04/27/2016
    Landing a job teaching English overseas isn't always easy. The EFL job market is competitive enough in many countries that if you don't specialize, you'll have a hard time finding good work. Simply being an English teacher isn't enough, sometimes you need an extra hook. There are plenty of ways...