Volunteer Abroad Articles

Back in 2011, when I began to tell friends I would be moving to Colombia to work as a volunteer teacher , I lost track of the number of people that responded with some variation of “Oh, I wish I could do that!” It's four years later and I can count on one hand the number of...
Unlike your friends, family, and significant others, we at Go Overseas love to hear your travel stories . Especially the ones that make us laugh! So last month, we asked, and you answered with your best stories from abroad. Not just from studying abroad, but also volunteering,...
There's a lot of news coming out of Africa these days, and it’s not always good. We see images of villages stricken with illness and massive hippos angrily chasing safari boats. We might look at each other and think, “why would I want to go there? I could catch Malaria or get...
In the movie “Spring Breakers,” a bunch of former Disney stars head to Florida and get themselves into a world of trouble -- and some intimidatingly small but very brightly-colored bikinis. While this is perhaps a slight exaggeration of the experience of most college spring...
I've traveled to over 40 countries in the past 5 years, so although my long-term relationship experience is quite limited (it's almost Valentine's Day so I'd rather not dwell on that part), I still find going out with locals to be one of the most interesting parts of my...
Originally published on July 8th, 2014. So you’ve decided to take the plunge and volunteering abroad -- as a couple. It’s an exciting challenge, a chance to learn and grow, and hopefully do some good with your better half. Living and working abroad can cement a couple’s love and...
As a student or volunteer abroad, you'll likely have the option to live with a host family. At first, it seems like the obvious choice: it's affordable, gives you an instant support system in country, and can help you learn the local language and culture. Before you decide if it...
We really hope you aren't burnt out on 2015 travel bucket lists -- because we're certain you've never seen one as meaningful and impactful as this one. See, we're not just here to talk about 2015's up and coming travel destinations, we're here to turn that wanderlust into an...
Volunteering abroad isn't like your average trip abroad -- it has the power to change you in unexpected and important ways. Sometimes these changes are clear, and other times they're fuzzy, hard to define, and part of a bigger self-evolution. But how exactly will a volunteer trip...
You can’t sneeze into the nonprofit or international arena these days without hitting the word “development.” It’s everywhere, adorning the names of small local NGOs and one of the world’s largest government-funded aid and development funds (USAID, for those of you on a nickname...