Go Overseas Articles

Stories, advice, and inspiration to plan your next trip overseas.

You just got back. Your room looks a bit foreign to you (too clean -- thanks Mom), the air smells different, your dog was wicked happy to see you, and you haven’t even unpacked those suitcases. You’ve just touched down back at home from studying abroad. You pish-posh-waved the...
Jon and I sat, coffee cups in hand, in front of my computer on our porch in San Francisco, as we talked over Skype with our program coordinator, Megan, at Greenheart Travel . Though we were still a world away from our volunteer placement working with wild elephant conservation in...
What would your life be like if you had never studied abroad? Now, think of how different a friend’s life would be if you could just convince them to go overseas too. We share your passion for international experiences. That’s why we’ve joined forces with the Institute of...
The idea of voluntourism has been celebrated and mocked, praised and challenged. From the NY Times to satirical videos , the terms 'voluntourist' and 'voluntourism' are more widely used than ever. People are also starting to accept "voluntourism" as more than just a playful term....
In the first section of our series on voluntourism, we looked at the ethics of voluntourism. In this section, we'll shift our attention to another aspect of the industry: money. Specifically, what is the economic impact of voluntourism? Where is the money going? And how could we...
Volunteer travel has increased in popularity drastically over the past few decades. Though it's wonderful that so many people want to help abroad, this type of travel has opened up some pretty sticky questions around ethics. How and where does volunteering -- a typically...
A couple months ago, Pippa Biddle reached out about writing a piece on the Go Overseas blog. She's a writer whose work focuses mostly on issues of voluntourism, sustainable development, and travel. What you're about to read today is Pippa's attempt to answer three tricky...
Every once in awhile, I'll get an email from someone in our industry -- the "meaningful travel" industry, as we like to call it -- asking for tips on starting or improving their blog and content marketing efforts. Even though it's not technically part of my job description, I get...
So you’ve returned from studying abroad and your time overseas is all that’s on your mind. At this point you’ve already uploaded all your travel photos to Facebook and Instagram, and even printed out some of your favorites to scrapbook alongside train passes, museum tickets, and...
As an American, the idea of doing grad school abroad is a completely foreign notion. Why would I get my graduate degree abroad when there's so many amazing schools back home? While I've already talked at length about my reasons for getting my Master's abroad (financial and...

Writing Team

Elaina Giolando
Professional Development Expert
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Teach Abroad & China Expert
Lauren Salisbury
Gap Year & Study Abroad Expert
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Volunteer Abroad & Middle East Expert
Olivia Christine Perez
Gap Year & Personal Wellness Expert
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Managing Editor at Go Overseas
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Study Abroad & Sustainable Tourism Expert