The Best of the Best
The staff at GoOverseas.com thought it would be fun to take a look back at our favorite blogs posts of 2010. It has been a great year for us and we would like to thank everyone in our community for your support. We selected these posts based on personal favorites, number of page views, and comments generated.
Volunteering Abroad in The Warm Heart of Africa by Laura Walker
Why We Liked It: Laura shared her inspiring experiences as a volunteer in Malawi, Africa. She found her volunteer program in the back of a Lonely Planet guidebook, and the best part, it was free! Laura has since returned to the United States, but has grand plans to continue volunteering around the world. This post reminded us that volunteer opportunities exist wherever we want to find them.
Page Views: 676
Top 10 (New) Reasons to Study Abroad by Andrew Dunkle
Why We Liked It: This was one of our first blog posts in 2010, and it was written by yours truly. I enjoyed looking at new reasons why students should study abroad, by favorite being, "There is no time like the present." During my time in college I studied abroad in Taiwan, China, and Italy, and I will forever promote the ideals of international education.
Page Views: 550
9 Common Study Abroad Myths by Andrew Dunkle
Why We Liked It: Another post by yours truly, this time I took a look at some of the common myths associated with studying abroad. This post was in response to many of the questions we receive from students, and the surprising ways they convince themselves not to study abroad. Don't be a fool! Study abroad!
Page Views: 512
Adventures in Deutschland: 10 Language Learning Tips by Susan Nowak
Why We Liked It: This post was one of my personal favorites of the year. Susan combined her own humorous anecdotes about living in Germany and learning the language, with some stellar tips for learning a new language. This post reminded us that learning a new language can be a humorous affair, and that we shouldn't be afraid to make mistakes.
Page Views: 884
10 Don'ts for Teaching Abroad in South Korea by Anne Merritt
Why We Liked It: This post generated the most user comments this year, and generated a heated debated about the pros and cons of teaching English in South Korea. Living abroad is never easy, particularly when trying to adapt to a different working environment, and this post illustrated this point perfectly.
Page Views: 2834 (Wow! Our most viewed page of the year!)
How to Find a Job Teaching English Abroad by Mitch Gordon
Why We Liked It: Finding the perfect job teaching abroad can be difficult and frustrating, but no one knows more about the ins and outs of the ESL industry than our very own Mitch Gordon. This is a must read for anyone seriously interested in teaching English abroad.
Page Views: 644
Interview with Celeste Dennis From Idealist.org by Andrew Dunkle
Why We Liked It: We regularly post interviews with influential and interesting people in the travel industry, and this was by far our favorite interview in 2010. Celeste has been heavily involved in the volunteer industry since 2003, and had great advice to offer about volunteering in South America. We look forward to working with her more in 2011.
Page Views: 753
10 Hang-ups to Hang Up When Traveling Abroad By Ava Apollo
Why We Liked It: Ava sure knows how to travel and share her experiences in a fun, compact way. This post received the most StumbleUpon hits this year, 879! She has also become a community favorite as many of her posts receive a heathy number of comments and ReTweets.
Page Views: 2114
Living in Australia: If I can do it so can you! by Heather Rudd
Why We Liked It: Heather shares her inspiring story of how she came to live and work in Australia. I think it is safe to say that we would all love to live and work in Australia, so Heather is definitely the right person to talk to if you're contemplating a similar adventure.
Page Views: 865
Dealing With Culture Shock by Nancy Lewis
Why We Liked It: Dealing with the ups and downs of culture shock is perhaps the most difficult part about living abroad, and also the most important to understand. Nancy wrote this fantastic post, and shared years of experience as an expat dealing with culture shock. A must read for anyone thinking about teaching, studying, or volunteering abroad.
Page Views: 1018
Whew! It was fun going through our old posts, and I personally felt a certain satisfaction knowing that I was a part of bringing you these great posts. I hope you'll take the time and read through the posts you've missed, this is our best content of the year! We look forward to continuing to publish great content in 2011, and bringing you the very best of overseas travel!