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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, originally titled AustraLearn, was created by Cynthia Banks in direct response to requests from an Australian university to assist U.S. students who wanted to study abroad in Australia. They have been in operation since 1987. Since then, AustraLearn became the largest provider of study abroad programs to more than 25 universities in Australia and added new partner institutions in New Zealand and Fiji.
In 2008, AustraLearn expanded its reach to more regions of the world. EuroLearn and AsiaLearn were created as additional programs of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad to accommodate an increasing demand from students and advisors for structured, well supported, and affordable programs in destinations worldwide.
Meet Deborah Morrison, the Marketing Director of GlobaLinks. Armed with an undergraduate degree in science, Deborah moved abroad after college, and when she returned to life in the States, followed her interests in travel to develop a career in study abroad.
What position do you hold at GlobaLinks? What has been your career path so far?
DEBORAH: I am one of those individuals who did not follow a clear career path, but rather "happened" into a job that I loved that eventually turned into a career. After returning to the U.S., I was just looking for a job that fit my interests. I started as the marketing assistant here - mailing out information to interested students, talking to student inquiries, and sending newsletters. My interest in the company, our mission, and marketing led to opportunities and as the company grew, I had the benefit of growing with it. And now, 10 years later, I have a great position where I work with a fantastic team to lead our outreach efforts.
Did YOU study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?
DEBORAH: Of course I studied abroad! I had to take a year of language for my degree in college, and I didn't see any point to learning a language in a classroom. I already had taken 3 years of French in high school, so I opted for a Spanish speaking destination in order to learn another language. I arrived in Guadalajara, Mexico knowing only the word ("Hola!") and left 5 months later with language skills, amazing new friends, and cultural and travel experiences beyond my expectations.
If you could go again, where would you find yourself?
DEBORAH: I would study in Asia - either in South Korea, China or India. The shift in emerging markets fascinates me, and I would love to experience that firsthand. I am also intrigued by Asian cultures and want to spend more time integrated in one of these cultures in order to truly experience it.
As for GlobaLinks, what are the core principles that you strive to achieve?
DEBORAH: Our vision is to live as a respected and sustainable organization. We strive to create and facilitate world-wide opportunities for people of all backgrounds and interests to engage with each other, accomplish academic learning, practice peace and understanding, and commit to becoming better global citizens and leaders.
What is up and coming at GlobaLinks?
DEBORAH: GlobaLinks Learning Abroad is always evolving and looking for new ways to serve students and advisors. Right now we are working hard on refining our overseas support staff and services. Students go abroad with us because our Discovery Model delivers a study abroad experience that encourages students to get the most out of their experience through discovery in 5 key areas: Academic, Personal, Professional, Cultural, and Social.
Do you think study abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years? How?
DEBORAH: In the next 10 years, I believe that the types of program in which students participate will continue to expand. The field has seen a significant increase in the number of students participating in short term programs, and I think that programs such as internships, work abroad, teach abroad, and experiential learning all have great potential to grow. Students' interests need to be met by a wide range of program types which will supply individuals with the global competencies which are increasingly important for graduates.
Wow, all you need to do is take one quick glance at GlobaLinks' Alumni photo album to just get a feel of the beautiful and wonderful experiences the students have when studying abroad with GlobaLinks!
Many students express that time spent abroad helped them confirm their career goals as well as offered a global and comparative perspective in their field of study...Your international education experience is a character and resume-building opportunity that will benefit you long into your future.