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

The rise of the online TEFL courses has provided a cost-effective winner to the many gap year students wanting to teach as a means to travel, without a costly investment in training. But just how legitimate are these cheap TEFLs? Yes, you can get a job with an online TEFL, but...
Though I had believed I had grasped the concept from watching Under the Tuscan Sun (pretty dresses and straw hats for days) and reading that Italians were more “classy,” I showed up for my semester abroad with kitten-heeled fake leather booties, not even one pair of skinny jeans,...
I'm going to give away this huge secret to dealing with career confusion right from the get-go. It's by taking a gap year . See, recently someone asked Go Overseas if gap years could help with career confusion. The answer is a giant, irrefutable yes . I was suffering from career...
Last week I strolled into the garden Orti Dipinti and found Giacomo in the shed, as usual. He was pulling out brooms, shovels, and a few new basil plants. He looked up and smiled his big, friendly, Florentine smile. “ Ciao bellissima! Come stai !?” He asked as he dropped his...
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...

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Elaina Giolando
Go Overseas Writer
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Teach Abroad & China Expert
Lauren Salisbury
Go Overseas Writer
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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