Ankita wrote 30 guides in July - congrats on making the goal!
Here at Go Overseas, we pride ourselves on our content. While our articles and country guides are occasionally sourced to experienced travelers, the majority of the content on Go Overseas is created in-house. Our team has a variety of travel experiences and inside industry knowledge that we bring to the website.
This past month, we had a big internal push for writing country and city-specific guides, specifically Volunteer Abroad Country and City Guides. Check out an example Guide to Volunteering in China. These guides contain information relevant to anyone thinking of volunteering there - from the cost of living to social issues to etiquette and more. We are also publishing guides for studying, teaching, interning, and taking a gap year in more than 100 countries around the world! With current website design updates in the works, the rest of the team has focused on making sure all of these new and improved pages have quality content.
Keeping quality content in mind, we set out to write and source 100 Volunteer Country and City Guides by August 1. Although we started with a mere 30 Volunteer Guides, we made it to 100 on July 27, about half a week before the deadline! Everyone pitched in and focused on producing the most useful and educational content for our users. We hope that travelers find these guides to be informative as well as fun and interesting.
We learned a lot about volunteering around the world. Here's a few of the most interesting country facts we found:
- In Sweden, employers are required to provide massages to employees as of 2004.
- In Iceland, dried fish was used as currency until 1413.
- St. Petersburg is known as the "beer capital" of Russia and 10% of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.
- Jamaica has the third highest population in any English-speaking country in the Americas and third largest Caribbean island.
- More than 500 indigenous languages are spoken in Nigeria.
- In Romania and other Slavic countries, if giving flowers as a gift always make sure they're in odd numbers. Even numbers of flowers are for funerals.
A big shout out and thank you to our team of writers and everyone who contributed a guide. We look forward to continuing to produce quality content to further the Go Overseas mission - to help travelers make more educated decisions when choosing from programs abroad. Be sure to keep an eye out for our new guides popping up on Go Overseas in August as we publish them along with our new country pages!