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There are plenty of myths about volunteering abroad , but we'll go ahead and debunk this one for you: volunteering abroad as a family is possible -- and it can certainly be a life-changing experience. Use the opportunity to volunteer and travel as a way to teach your family...
What you need to know: Service learning programs combine the benefits of studying and volunteering abroad Service learning programs are a great way to enhance your academic studies These programs will be of interest to students looking to enter aid and development programs Over...
What will our legacies be? Cheese-It crumbs under the couch cushions and a TIVO filled with reruns of Seinfield? We hope not, but truthfully, most people are so worn down from their jobs that it’s easy to sink into a leather chair and scroll aimlessly through the channels. And...
So you’re doing it! You’re taking the plunge and heading off for a gap year . Making the decision to go on an epic adventure and life-changing trip like this is just the first step. Now the fun really begins – planning that RTW route , figuring out where you’re going to go and...
People are often surprised by the substantial costs of volunteering abroad. Volunteers are typically expected to cover travel costs, room and board, and the additional administrative expenses of the program. Don't let this get you down! Volunteering your time and money abroad can...
There is no question that the volunteer abroad industry is constantly growing. With the many options available, we wanted to take a closer look at the most popular countries to volunteer in. Instead of doing a survey, we decided to rank every country in terms of how many people...
It was day two, my second day in Italy as a study abroad student, first day of Welcome Orientation. Our day was jam-packed with orientation lectures, tours, and activities, ending with a complimentary “night at the spa” to mingle with other students and relax after the long day....
As the Volunteer Director here at Go Overseas, I spend a lot of time reading, writing, and learning about volunteering abroad. Our recent article about the Pros and Cons of a Home Stay Abroad got me thinking about my own homestay experiences and the impact it had on my whole...
Want to improve your relationship building skills? Study abroad . I can testify to this: as of February 2012, I’ve been with my girlfriend for four years. I studied abroad in Marseille, France at the AUCP center in the spring of 2008. Marseille was a natural choice for me, as I...
Choosing your accommodations for an extended period abroad can be a struggle. One of the most discussed options when travelling or studying abroad is a homestay with a local family. Homestays can be a rewarding experience and present an unrivaled opportunity for genuine cultural...

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