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Updated on June 9th, 2015. Much has been written about the woes of “reverse culture shock,” something that has become a more well-known phenomenon as of late -- it’s like the culture shock of living in a new country, but less cool and fun because you’re actually back home in your...
Despite Europe's small size, it is one of the continents with the largest number of countries, cultures, languages -- and yes, volunteer abroad opportunities. Because of Europe's cultural diversity, volunteers have the option to pursue volunteer projects in education, social...
A quick Google search will lead you to hundreds of reasons why taking a gap year after high school and before college is a good idea . At the same time, it’s easy to get caught up in the applying-to-college hooplah. So what do you do if you’ve gone over the pros and cons and...
You’ve eaten sushi so many times, it’s practically like you’ve been to Tokyo. All of your Spanish comes from Pitbull songs – and that’s really all the vocabulary you’re ever going to need. You’ve watched most of the 2010 World Cup, which taught you pretty much everything there is...
You’ve got your hiking shoes packed, your idealistic world-changing goals in order, and you’re ready to go be the best volunteer the world has ever seen! Except for one small issue: you’ve never actually done anything like this before . Don’t panic just yet, though. There’s a...
Congratulations you, you've made an incredible decision not just to travel abroad as an intrepid globetrotter, but to give back along the way by volunteering abroad. But in researching different volunteer programs you notice one commonality: they all expect you to PAY to...
There’s a whole big world out there! Seriously, go check! You back? Was I right? Good! Of course, there are different ways to get out and see the world. Beyond simply your different means of conveyance (plains, trains, and automo-cars), there are different aspirations and...
Millions of tourists will visit France this year. They will flood Notre Dame and other sites found on postcards and leave with an Eiffel Tower key chain and a few extra pounds from all the lovely food. But you are not a tourist, you are a student in France . You’re about to make...
This past weekend, thousands of American college students tossed up their hats and celebrated the completion of four (or so) years of hard, academic work. Congratulations! To all of you, we hope you had an inspiring commencement speech and a fantastic weekend toasting to the good...

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