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  • South African township
    By Elaina Giolando on 02/04/2016
    Whenever I'm on an airplane, you can count on two things: 1) I'm saying a few prayers and 2) I'm tracing my finger over the map of the country I'm headed to, imagining how it'll feel when a group of lines and names that mean nothing to me soon will take on an entirely new and personal meaning. I...
  • What Does Your Host Family Think About Hosting?
    By Lauren Salisbury on 02/02/2016
    From cultural immersion to saving money to the irreplaceable feeling of having a home away from home, many study abroad students find that homestays are their best choice for accommodations abroad. On homestays, instead of living in student apartments or dormitories, visiting students reside...
  • China kids
    By Richelle Gamlam on 02/01/2016
    China is the wild west of the teaching world. With a booming ESL market, an obsession with English, and a growing economy, China's newest generation of parents are obsessed with providing their children the best money can buy. In this case, it's a native-speaking English teacher starting in...
  • The study abroad guide for parents
    By Delia Harrington on 01/28/2016
    So your baby is all grown up and went off to college. You bought the twin-XL sheets and made it through the tearful goodbye, and then the first couple of years of college went by in the blink of an eye. You thought you were in the clear, until one day they called to say they were thinking about...
  • What Living in Colombia For 3 Years Taught Me About the U.S
    By Natalie Southwick on 01/26/2016
    In the US, we're taught from a young age that we should avoid talking about politics, religion, or money in polite company. Such protocols are practically nonexistent in Latin America, though, where everything, from presidential elections to the cost of your rent to how much weight you've gained...
  • Hiking Boots
    By Lauren Salisbury on 01/25/2016
    Home to a myriad of vibrant cultures, natural wonders ranging from lakes and beaches to mountains and rainforests, and a hotbed for Spanish language learning and colonial history, Central America is an exciting location for study abroad. However, Central America is also a unique place full of...
  • Ecuador
    By Elaina Giolando on 01/21/2016
    Studying abroad in Latin America is a great opportunity to learn firsthand about the region's history, culture, and languages and to embrace new people and ideas during your time in whichever country you choose. It's also a fabulous opportunity to make mistakes. Regardless of where you choose to...
  • What it's like to volunteer in Vietnam
    By Jessie Beck on 01/19/2016
    Disclaimer: Mallory's trip was taken as part of Go Overseas' paid paid vacation policy and made possible through collaboration with IVHQ -- but that doesn't make her experience any less genuine. All opinions, photos, and silly references are Mallory's own. As advocates for spending meaningful...
  • Why you Should Study in Ireland
    By Mandi Schmitt on 01/18/2016
    The cost of study abroad is, unsurprisingly, one of the biggest reasons why students don't, or think they can't, study abroad. But what if I told you that, if you were down for studying abroad in Ireland, you might be able to throw costs and money out the window. You might, in fact, be able to...
  • 9 People Who Will Inspire You to Volunteer Abroad This Year
    By Elaina Giolando on 01/14/2016
    There's no question that volunteering abroad is a huge leap into the unknown. But we're all human, and sometimes we want to look before we leap. Having some idea of what it's like on the other side can help motivate us to take that final plunge and hop on a plane bound for the other side of the...
  • 2016 Visa updates for teachers in Thailand
    By Andrew Bond on 01/13/2016
    Before you book your flight and sign up for a program teaching English in Thailand, it's important to be familiar with the Ministry of Education regulations and visas for English teachers in Thailand -- not everyone can just arrive and start working there. In this article, local expert Andrew...