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He who would travel happily must travel light.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aviator, writer
The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.
Lord Chesterfield, statesman
Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien, writer, professor
Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.
John Muir, writer, naturalist
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust, writer
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Lao Tzu, philosopher
Don't tell me how educated you are; tell me how much you have traveled.
Mohammed
There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.
Charles Dudley Warner, writer
Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister
People don't take trips -- trips take people.
John Steinbeck, writer
Travel is glamourous only in retrospect.
Paul Theroux, travel writer
People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.
Dagobert D. Runes, philosopher, writer
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.
James Michener, writer
People who do not travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what's in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.
Martin Yan, chef
I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
Hilaire Belloc, writer, historian
No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
Alan Watts, writer, philosopher
Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.
Kurt Vonnegut, writer
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
Jawaharlal Nehru, politician
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
Lao Tzu, philosopher
The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it -- basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.
Charles Bukowski, writer, poet
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
Martin Buber, philosopher
Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them.
Admiral Richard E. Byrd, explorer
Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.
Paul Theroux, travel writer
…nobody can discover the world for anybody else. It is only after we have discovered it for ourselves that it becomes common ground, and a common bond, and we cease to be alone.
Wendell Berry , academic, critic
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
Douglas Adams, writer
… before the traveler sees the ocean, he feels a sturring in his blood.
Jorge Luis Borges, writer, poet
I am convinced that to live is to travel towards the world's end.
Ella Maillart, adventurer
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
St. Augustine, philosopher
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe
Anatole France, writer
We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.
Maria Mitchell, astronomer
All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.
Samuel Johnson , poet, essayist
You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.
Daranna Gidel , writer
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
Maya Angelou , writer, poet
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson , essayist, poet
The journey, not the arrival, matters.
T.S. Eliot, poet
A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.
Moslih Eddin Saadi, poet
Real adventure is defined best as a journey from which you may not come back alive, and certainly not as the same person.
Yvon Chouinard, rock climber
I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.
Lillian Smith , writer, social critic
When you're traveling, you are what you are… No yesterdays on the road.
William Least Heat Moon, travel writer
A map is not the territory.
Alfred Korzybski, philosopher, scientist
When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.
Clifton Fadiman, writer, radio & tv host
A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
John Steinbeck, writer
One main factor in the upward trend of animal life has been the power of wandering.
Alfred North Whitehead, mathematician, philosopher
I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.
Mark Twain, writer
When you are everywhere, you are nowhere. When you are somewhere, you are everywhere.
Rumi, poet
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
Sir Edmund Hillary, explorer
The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.
Amelia E. Barr, writer
A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.
Tim Cahill, travel writer
The more I traveled, the more I realized that fear makes stranger of people who should be friends.
Shirley MacLaine, actress
Half the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.
Ray Bradbury, writer
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.
Francis Bacon, writer
Two roads diverged in a wood and I -- I took the one less traveled by.
Robert Frost, poet
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson , writer, poet
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
Henry David Thoreau, writer, naturalist
We must travel in the direction of our fear.
John Berryman, poet
To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
Charles Horton Cooley, sociologist
The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.
Rudyard Kipling, writer, poet
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
Gilbert K. Chesterton, journalist, essayist
Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
Miriam Beard, writer
As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.
Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist
...I never write when I'm traveling, because travel is a situation where I can learn more by looking and listening than by working.
Thomas Perry, writer
Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
Miriam Beard, writer
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain, writer
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
Freya Stark, explorer, travel writer
Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.
Seneca, philosopher
There is no foreign land; it is the traveler only who is foreign.
Robert Louis Stevenson , writer, poet
Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
Aldous Huxley, writer
Too often… I would hear men boast only of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.
Louis L'Amour, writer
Is anything sadder than a train/That leaves when it's supposed to/That has only one voice/Only one route?
Primo Levi, chemist, writer
Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
Matsuo Basho, poet
Travel teaches toleration.
Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister
Life for two weeks on the mountaintops would show up many things about life during the other fifty weeks down below.
Benton Mackaye, conservationist
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
Gilbert K. Chesterton, journalist, essayist
All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.
Samuel Johnson, poet, essayist
He who does not travel does not know the value of men.
Moorish proverb
Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.
Italo Calvino, writer
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.
Bill Bryson, writer
A wise traveler never despises his own country.
Carlo Goldoni, playwright
It is not down on any map; true places never are.
Herman Melville, writer, poet
No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.
Lin Yutang, writer, inventor
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
Henry Miller, writer, painter
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Henry David Thoreau, writer, naturalist
I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.
David Rockefeller, philanthropist
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
Mark Twain, writer
Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.
Pat Conroy, writer
We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
Hilaire Belloc, writer, historian
I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.
Susan Sontag, essayist, activist
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
Aldous Huxley, writer
Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.
Jack Kerouac, writer, poet
I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it.
Rosalia de Castro, poet
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
Mario Andretti, racing driver
The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Samuel Johnson, poet, essayist
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.
Robert Louis Stevenson , writer, poet
...the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.
Paul Fussell , historian
I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.
Caskie Stinnett, writer, editor
We start going downhill when we stop taking risks.
Laird Hamilton, surfer
For so many centuries, the exchange of gifts has held us together. It has made it possible to bridge the abyss where language struggles.
Barry Lopez, writer
I love to travel, but hate to arrive.
Albert Einstein, physicist
The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it.
Mark Jenkins, artist
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Worked in Germany
McGill University
Her thoughts on Adaptation
I was surprised how integrated I became within my adopted community. I ended up getting to know a lot of locals. I was invited to a wedding and even joined a marching band!
Her thoughts on Language Learning
For me it was really a matter of building my confidence in the language, because simple things such as making a phone call felt like big obstacles initially.
Volunteered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Carleton University
His thoughts on Coming Home
I ensured that I scheduled a few days to “decompress” in the UK before heading back home. The idea of decompressing was to get used to being back in the so-called “modern world” before having to interact with family members.
His thoughts on Motivation
I wanted to further develop my skills and experiences in community development work, and to help refugee populations escape from conflict zones.
His thoughts on Adaptation
I learned very quickly that a person living in these circumstances has to be extremely flexible to deal with changing situations and different challenges whereby every day seemed fraught with another situation or event.
His thoughts on Cultural Differences
I found that the willingness of people to share, to work hard, and to learn as much as possible, were shared values that allowed me to partially bridge the cultural divide.
His thoughts on Language Learning
Language is extremely important when attempting to build a bridge across a cultural divide.
His thoughts on Coming Home
I found that I felt a profound sense of injustice, given the amount of excess wealth is available in our society. For a while I felt a certain sense of disgust and anger.
Studied & Learned a Language in Mexico
University of British Columbia
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Volunteering at a local primary school for blind children was a good challenge to my Spanish language skills and gave me an opportunity to step outside the upper-class world I was living in. 
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
The Day of the Dead celebration made a real impact on me. It was wonderful to see people building shrines around their loved ones' graves rather than carving jack-o-lanterns to scare away spirits.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
If you’re going on exchange to learn a language, make a point of speaking it from the time you arrive. If you fall into the trap of speaking English, you’ll never get comfortable in the host language.
Taught English in Japan
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
The most important thing I learned about communication was that insecurity wasn't going to get me anywhere.
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
Teaching in Japan made an immeasurable impact on my life. When I returned to Canada, I knew I had to stay connected to this experience in some way – it really shaped my career aspirations.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
I realized that my Japanese wasn't going to improve unless I used it, and I didn't need to be afraid of talking to strangers – all of my best encounters came as a result of taking a chance with people.
Volunteered & Taught English in China
University of Ottawa
Her thoughts on
Studied in China
Stony Brook University
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
If you looked at students from a distance, you could tell which were Americans from far away!
Her thoughts on Motivation
A million miles away from my family, in a foreign land, with a language that is 100% different from English? Sounds like an adventure to me!
Her thoughts on The Application Process
Don’t be afraid to call the people in charge of a program to bombard them with questions: it will help narrow down your options and find the best one.
Had a Working Vacation in England
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on The Application Process
I looked into many options for finding a job abroad but the one with the best result ended up being from a personal contact I didn’t even know I had!
Her thoughts on Adaptation
You never quite get past the odd feeling of life happening without you at home, but you are busy building your own memories that outweigh the losses.
Her thoughts on Homestays
The people who helped me get a job offered me a room in their house. Taking them up on the offer was one of the best decisions I made! I became part of the family.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Be willing to change your plans and meet new people. If you start talking to the people beside you in your hostel, chances are you will make friends for the day.
Studied in the Netherlands
Mount Royal University
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
Studying abroad developed my cross-cultural communication skills and made me more approachable and unafraid – which I'll take with me into my future career.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
In writing my application, I felt the most important aspect was to show my passion for traveling, learning and experiencing new cultures.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
I was amazed at how easy it is to travel in Europe. I visited over 15 countries during my semester abroad!
Interned in Peru
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
When I arrived in Peru my Spanish was not excellent, but I wasn't afraid to try, and speak, and make mistakes, and keep trying.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
Learning how to adapt your body language, vocabulary and tone of voice is key to good cross-cultural communication.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
One thing I noticed was that timing didn’t seem to matter to locals. Things would start late, and you always seemed to end up eating REALLY late!
Her thoughts on The Application Process
I just had to be truthful, and really figure out what I wanted to get out of the experience.
Studied in France
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on Coming Home
One thing that really helped was getting my parents to read a part of MyWorldAbroad related to re-entry shock.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
It was not always easy, but the best way to look at things is to think “it's not weird, it's different”.
Her thoughts on Motivation
I saw a poster in a building one day and went in to talk to the exchange coordinator, and that's all it took to get me hooked.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
In France I learned to take time, enjoy a glass of wine, talk, and enjoy meals that lasted over an hour. At home, within 20 minutes we were cleaning up!
Studied & Learned a Language in Spain
SUNY: Oneonta
Her thoughts on Motivation
I wasn't making as much progress in Spanish class as I thought I should have been, so the best option for me was to become fully immersed in the culture – where I’d have no choice but to communicate in Spanish!
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
It’s important to prepare yourself for the shock of being in a culture that’s completely different from your own.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
Although Spanish culture is different from American culture, it doesn’t mean that either one is wrong or right. They are each unique.
Studied in Germany
University of Ottawa
Her thoughts on Adaptation
The academic formality that exists in the German school system is certainly something I had to adapt to. From interactions with professors after a class, to the way exams were written; they were a step up from what I was used to.
Her thoughts on Motivation
In essence, I decided to go on an exchange to live life while I was young.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
You never, ever, ever sound stupid. Locals who see you genuinely trying to learn their language will do what they can to help you.
Her thoughts on Motivation
If you’re sitting on the fence about whether or not to apply for an exchange, I can tell you that my experience changed my life.
Her thoughts on Motivation
The beauty of it all was that for half a year, I lived somewhere where no one knew who I was before I stepped off that plane.
Volunteered in Tanzania
SUNY: University at Albany
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
At first there were aspects that I didn’t really like or agree with, but I kept an open mind. I think that’s the best way to overcome culture shock.
Her thoughts on Homestays
I appreciate them so much for welcoming me into their home and making me feel like I was their own daughter.
Her thoughts on First Impressions
It took me about a month to really start to understand, accept, and finally enjoy the culture.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
In Tanzania I didn’t have my iPhone or laptop; and it was enjoyable not constantly being bombarded with emails, te1t messages, and phone calls!
Her thoughts on The Application Process
It was a little overwhelming, but I was able to narrow my search when I really focused on what I wanted out of the experience.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
I realized after the trip that I eventually want to find a job that involves traveling. I really want to see and e1plore other parts of the world!
Interned in Ethiopia
UBC: Sauder School of Business
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
The most important thing for me was to go with an open mind, and have zero expectations. You have to adapt and things aren’t always the way you want them to be.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
If there was a misunderstanding, we could always use our hands or try with English, but we always tried in Amharic (the local language) first!
Her thoughts on Motivation
I've always wanted to go to Africa and see for myself what it’s really like there; and being a commerce student, I also find it interesting to see how different countries conduct business.
Studied in Morocco
Drake University
His thoughts on Cultural Differences
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I thought I'd offend my hosts at some point and there would be some sort of rift. There wasn’t in the least -- my family loved me like a son.
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
In Morocco, your taxi driver may speak one of any four languages – and you have to be ready that French might not be one of them. To me, the fun lies within this unpredictability!
His thoughts on Coming Home
Everything I had been craving so badly while I was gone was the same as when I had left – there was no big celebration behind eating peanut butter, drinking American coffee or using a electric hand dryer again.
His thoughts on Cultural Differences
What struck me the most, seeing my home in a different light, was just how much stuff Americans had and how much space they had for all that stuff.
His thoughts on Motivation
My sister spent a semester in Istanbul when I was 15. The thought of her thriving on a completely different continent got me thinking that maybe the world extended a little bit past my hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
His thoughts on First Impressions
I'd taken autumn for granted while I was home; I'd never even thought that it simply didn’t exist elsewhere in the world. When it was gone I had a surprising time adjusting.
Volunteered in India
St. Ambrose University
Her thoughts on Motivation
I wanted to go somewhere that would make me step out of my comfort zone. I needed to prove to myself that I could be independent.
Her thoughts on First Impressions
Many people stared at us even though we were covered head to toe in their traditional clothing, trying to show our respect, and attempting to blend in.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
My time abroad proved to me that I really can be independent, and I don’t think many other experiences could have done that for me.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
I was so impressed by how these children saw what was truly important. It showed me how much people living in poverty value everything they have – especially basic items that we simply take for granted.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
It absolutely astounded me that a family with so little would give up the few resources that they had for strangers. This generosity was seen again and again with the people of Vrindavan.
Studied in Australia
HEC Montreal
His thoughts on Boosting Your Career
As a business student, studying overseas was a great idea as it enabled me to extend my business network. I met individuals abroad that could eventually become business partners.
His thoughts on Coming Home
I have decided to be as passionate about my hometown as I am about other places of the world. Surely, I would have never truly appreciated home if I had not gone away.
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
This experience taught me that everything eventually falls into place in life and there’s no need to worry about things we can’t control.
His thoughts on Motivation
It’s fundamental for our generation to understand the forces that shape the cultural backgrounds of people around us. Traveling is undoubtedly the best way to gain that understanding.
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
If you are willing to try new things and push your limits, I don’t see how your study abroad experience could not be a success.
Studied in France
Carleton University
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
Read a lot! Read about the history, culture, and people of the city you’re planning on staying in. Gather as much information as you possibly can.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
The visa application process is long and confusing. There was definitely a lot of confusion along the way. But don’t be discouraged; it’s completely doable.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Through Facebook I signed up for a few exchange student groups in my host cities, which allowed me to participate in events they organized and get to know a lot of people.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
My travels also improved my communication skills, my cultural understanding, independence, leadership skills, and helped me develop a thicker skin.
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
During my stay I was able to network a lot and meet not only other students, but also professionals.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
The big success for me was the fact that my language skills improved tremendously. I came to Lyon barely being able to keep up with a conversation and left being able to speak with ease.
Her thoughts on Motivation
Studying international business was a good reason to go abroad and experience how globalization has affected the business world.
Studied in Italy
College of William and Mary
His thoughts on Coming Home
They acted as if I had never left, even though I was bursting with excitement about my year in Italy. I wanted to tell them EVERYTHING, but they couldn’t have been less interested.
His thoughts on Motivation
I didn’t make the final decision to go until two of my friends returned from their years abroad. I couldn’t resist their stories!
His thoughts on Adaptation
At some point in June, I had a moment of pristine clarity: I was no longer the naïve, awkward American boy I had been when I arrived in September.
His thoughts on Adaptation
Somehow I had integrated myself into the culture. And after months of freezing weather and many hardships, I had emerged a new person.
His thoughts on Language Learning
I studied hard. I completed a grammar workbook, I studied a dictionary and a book of verb conjugations, I listened to music, I read short novels, and I begged classmates to speak to me!
His thoughts on First Impressions
At first, I was constantly excited; everything was so new and Italian. Every street was magnificent, every person European, every piece of clothing beautiful.
Traveled Abroad in Many Countries
Her thoughts on Motivation
I decided to tag along with my brother and 30 strangers as he traveled by van through 17 countries in little less than a month.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
The people make the trip. Disagreements are bound to arise if you are traveling with a large group in close proximity. Make sure you are traveling with friends who will be there for you through thick and thin.
Her thoughts on First Impressions
Once we crossed the Romanian border, it seemed like we had gone onto a whole different planet. There were horses in the streets transporting food and people, cows crossing the streets and walking on the sidewalks, as if it was totally normal. For us, it seemed like the twilight zone.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
Start saving up early, whether you are going on a road trip, backpacking or any other travel abroad, planning is a big step.
Studied in France
Carleton University
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
When things go wrong during your time abroad (such as missing your train), don’t forget to be happy and keep a sense of humor – this will go a long way!
His thoughts on Personal Growth
Studying abroad forced me to change as an individual and learn about things that I previously had no interest in.
His thoughts on Personal Growth
Before my exchange, I can definitely say that ambiguity was not my friend! But things changed during my exchange and I handle it much better than I did before. 
His thoughts on Language Learning
My time abroad has allowed me to gain fluency in French to a level where I can express myself with a degree of ease and spontaneity.
His thoughts on Boosting Your Career
I liked the idea of being immersed in a foreign culture, and the potential to bring back skills and knowledge to sell to employers upon graduation.
Taught English in China
His thoughts on First Impressions
From day one I was treated like a professional and a friend. Everyone seemed thankful to have me here helping them become part of the global village.
His thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
I came to China with a return air ticket and $1,000 in the bank. But I spent my last couple of months at home living like a miser to become 100% debt free BEFORE leaving the country!
His thoughts on Adaptation
The more a teacher assimilates into the local culture, the easier budgeting becomes!
His thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
I took a week-long course to get my TESOL certificate, had a contract lined up the following week, and within a month I was on a plane to Yangshuo!
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
By getting out and meeting people, exploring and becoming part of the culture you far more likely to enjoy it.
Studied in Ghana
SUNY: University at Albany
Her thoughts on Coming Home
Ghana had become a part of me – as cliché as that may sound. I had learned so much and had so much fun that I wanted to stay forever.
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
Witnessing great poverty in Africa made me want to help in the progress of a Third World country. Ghana changed my life, and helped me find my career path. 
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
The second I walked in to a slave castle and could really smell Ghana’s past, it hit me: that’s when I truly realized “Wow Sylvia, we’re in Ghana.”
Her thoughts on Motivation
Since I was a little girl, my dream has been to travel the world. I’ve always wanted to fill my passport and have stamps from countries in all seven continents.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
All I could talk about was Ghana: how much I had fallen in love with the country, and how much I wanted to go back, this time to do humanitarian work and be a volunteer
Volunteered in Guatemala
University of British Columbia
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
The locals I met not only opened my eyes to a new way of life but also provided me with insight on my own strengths and passions.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Some of my fondest memories from my trip to Guatemala include the times I spent speaking with locals, playing with their children, and helping them prepare meals.
Traveled in the UK
SUNY: University at Albany
Her thoughts on Motivation
It was a first step for me in seeing how independent I could be in another country, because I hope to travel a lot more in the future.
Her thoughts on Adaptation
I expected traveling to London to be an easy transition for me because I assumed their culture was close to that of America. But you know what they say about those who assume!
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
I was careful to watch what they did and to mimic their gestures and speech in a way that was not mocking, but respectful.
Volunteered in Belize
Flagler College
Her thoughts on Homestays
My host mother was a stay-at-home mom, so I was fortunate enough to spend time with her, learning about her life and Belizean culture.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
My return was full of mixed emotions. On one hand, I was looking forward to seeing my family and friends; but I was sad to say goodbye to my host family.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Keep an open mind and try everything at least once, whether it’s a new food, dance or excursion.
Worked in Vietnam
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
His thoughts on Cultural Differences
In most cities in Asia, you're constantly surrounded by people, severely limiting your "me time".
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
Have confidence! There really is no reason to be shy with superiors or strangers.
His thoughts on Boosting Your Career
Network as much as you can so that when you do look for a serious job, the transition is more seamless and you know where the opportunities are.
His thoughts on Boosting Your Career
Talking with other foreigners gave me insider advice on how foreign job searches are conducted.
Volunteered in Bolivia
Her thoughts on Homestays
While staying with my host family, the housekeeper Petro became one of my closest and favorite friends. I felt privileged to have had the opportunity to become friends with such a beautiful soul!
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
Anyone trying to communicate in a different culture should try their best to “fake it till they make it.” Mimicking is the best way to learn.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
My favorite festival was a guinea pig festival in Cochabamba. North America's beloved house pet is one of Bolivia’s edible delicacies!
Studied in India
SUNY: University at Albany
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
In time you’ll realize that most people you encounter are more similar to you than they are different.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
At first I thought studying abroad would not be feasible because of the cost. But, to my surprise, there were plenty of study abroad programs that were extremely affordable.
Her thoughts on First Impressions
The biggest surprise was the impact my presence had on those I encountered. They were extremely grateful for our service and excited to welcome us.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
My life’s paradigm has been completely shifted for the better.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
With the world becoming increasingly interconnected, it is important to develop cross-cultural skills.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
I thought it was important to have an open mind in terms of location. Any country inhabited by human beings was fair game!
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
It is somewhat disrespectful and pompous to assume that all other cultures are familiar with the ways of one's own. A respectful bond is the key to success in any interaction, especially a cross-cultural one. 
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
There will always be divides and differences between cultures, so we must accept them and look past them.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
I’ll never take my air conditioned home for granted again, because I spent 10 days building a simple, four-wall structure the size of my bedroom for a family of 10.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
There were instances along the way where I really had to reach deep down inside for the courage to work through and finish the program – but never once did I think about giving up.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
I thought my biggest concern upon returning would be the jet lag. But that just goes to show how studying abroad changes a person!
Studied in Japan
Mount Royal University
His thoughts on Cultural Differences
The way that the Japanese perceive themselves in relation to everyone else around them, and in different situations, dictates everything from how they act to how they speak. Hierarchy is very important.
His thoughts on Personal Growth
To judge something like this as a ‘success’ is an understatement. In reality there isn’t a word I could put to such a massive thing as my year in Japan. I just want to go back.
His thoughts on Taking It All In
Meet new people. All of a sudden you’ll have a life outside of the exchange program, and your life in whatever country you’re in becomes much more exciting.
His thoughts on Motivation
I was introduced to the world of Japan through comics, and from that I was motivated to do more research.
His thoughts on Communicating Abroad
The meaning of a handshake, or a bow from the waist, or a smile often says more than a word ever could.
His thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
Getting everything in order early will give you time to think of anything you might have forgotten, and give you a chance to relax before you travel.
Interned in Germany
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
I grew so much as a person through my experience going abroad. You learn so much about yourself and what you are capable of doing.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
Take as many language courses as possible before you go anywhere! Even if your job is in English, co-workers prefer speaking their mother tongue.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
My German was good enough that by the time I got back from Germany, I was able to skip one German level, and I’m hoping that by the time I graduate, I’ll be fluent.
Taught English in South Korea
University of Alberta
Her thoughts on Motivation
I’d always been really interested in Korean culture; and through my research I learned that South Korea really provides the best package when it comes to teaching overseas.
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
The kids love their teachers! I taught fourth grade through sixth grade and it’s the only time I’ve ever felt like a rock star! My students would get so excited every time they saw me.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
Be fearless; be open to advice and criticism; and be willing to throw yourself into the process of trying to communicate.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
There were things that I didn’t understand, or that I found confusing… but I always took a step back and reminded myself that different cultures have different ways of doing things.
Amy
Worked in Switzerland
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on The Application Process
To prepare for the interview I checked the company’s site and the qualities they wanted in the ideal candidate. I wanted the interviewer to know I’d done my prep work. I was offered the job on the spot!
Her thoughts on Adaptation
The biggest challenge I found to living in the Alps was the altitude. For the first few weeks I was out of breath after just a short walk to work. As an avid runner, this was a big shock for me.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
With younger children it was surprisingly easy to get my point across. When we did have problems communicating, we’d act out the words, which would often result in us laughing!
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
On a trip to Morocco, we drank tea in a cave home with an Arabic family, attended a Bedouin wedding and went on a camel trek in the desert – things I never dreamed I’d get to do!
Volunteered in Nicaragua and the USA
Western
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
When you go into the culture, don’t search for the differences and compare. Look for the similarities and appreciate the differences. Different never means worse or better.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
I think what made me successful was how I put myself out there during the interviews, because that’s how you have to go about an experience abroad – you can’t hold back.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
We learned to dance in the traditional style, which was just so different to what we do at home. It was a whole new type of social activity none of us had ever tried before!
Her thoughts on Motivation
Volunteering locally is important, but being abroad allows you to absorb new environments and cultures, which is a bonus.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
Each time, the return is harder, and the lessons stay longer. It’s just a gradual change. I’d say it kind of takes practice.
Interned in Ghana
McGill University
His thoughts on The International Workplace
I made an effort to work closely with the local employees. It was as simple as making sure I didn’t sit with the other interns at lunch, sharing it instead with my Ghanaian colleagues.
His thoughts on The International Workplace
In Ghana, it’s not acceptable to simply go into someone’s office and ask for a file. I had to be patient and spend a significant amount of time simply making friendly conversation.
His thoughts on Motivation
I wanted to do this internship because it aligned perfectly with my interests in law and international politics.
His thoughts on Boosting Your Career
The internship has certainly helped my career. It opened my eyes to enthralling work that can be done with public policy in developing countries.
Studied in Spain
University of Evansville
Her thoughts on First Impressions
All of a sudden I wasn't having fun any more. I was awakening from the dreamy version of studying abroad, and what I saw when I finally opened my eyes was the plain truth. 
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Instead of looking at it as something that would take me away from the familiar, I decided to view it as an adventure that I was fortunate to experience.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
My experience turned out to be a success because I made it my own, and I grew to accept the city’s flaws along with its charms.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
I was apprehensive about returning because I had learned so much and wanted others to recognize that I had changed.
Taught English in Korea
His thoughts on The International Workplace
The best advice for teaching cross-cultural would be the same as teaching local students: have patience.
His thoughts on First Impressions
One of my first big surprises was the amount of hours some students are required to study. They're usually even too busy to participate in extra-curricular activities.
His thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
I suggest trying to find out the working conditions beforehand, or try contacting a friend or acquaintance that lives in the area to see what advice they have.
Studied in China
Her thoughts on Coming Home
Sometimes students psych themselves up too much, anticipating a tough transition. Be flexible, patient and write down everything you remember from your trip.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
At the end of the day, we have more in common than we think! It was fun to celebrate the similarities and recognize the differences.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
Plan early and be up-front about your goals with your academic advisors.
Taught English in Korea
Mount Allison University
Her thoughts on First Impressions
I felt disoriented and overwhelmed in the first couple of weeks. The jet lag, new language, pollution and creepy seafood all added up to feeling way out of my comfort zone.
Her thoughts on Motivation
I wanted another chance to live in a foreign culture, but I wanted to take it a step further and go where I wouldn’t be able speak or read the language.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
It was tough to connect with other teachers outside of school, but my breakthrough came when I got involve with the Seoul Players, a theater company for expats.
Studied in South Korea
University of Wisconsin: Oshkosh
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
I took out a loan and worked a lot before I left. I made sure to save money from each paycheck to put into my Korea fund.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
I really wanted to make sure that the application went smoothly. I never doubted myself and I was never negative about all the work I had to put in.
Her thoughts on Motivation
Studying in South Korea had always been a personal goal, so when my school finally offered the program, I knew I had to sign up.
Learned a Language & Volunteered in Peru
San Diego State University
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
Saying goodbye was very hard.  The experienced sparked my passion for international philanthropic travel and changed my life for the better. 
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
Sometimes I didn’t feel totally welcomed, but I knew that they probably had reservations about a young foreigner working in their hospital. I went out of my way to introduce myself and ask if I could help them.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Nearly every day, there was a festival going on in the town square. I was blown away by their overwhelming national pride.
Her thoughts on Adaptation
If I hadn’t stepped out of my comfort zone, I’d never have discovered so many amazing places.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
I knew that while having a friend to accompany me would have made it more comfortable, going by myself would make me stronger, and force me to interact with everyone that I encountered.
Studied in Spain
Lebanon Valley College
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
What do you need? The three c’s: confidence, creativity, and comfy shoes!
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
I was always greeted with friendly kisses on the cheek and hugs. This was unusual to me at first, coming from America where our typical greeting is a handshake.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
All good things must come to end, but for now I have the photos and the memories to reflect on.
Her thoughts on Homestays
What surprised me the most about my time abroad was the home-stay component. It had been the part that, at first, worried me the most, but it ended up being the most rewarding.
Studied & Learned a Language in Germany
Western
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
If you get lost in the middle of Barcelona looking for the Picasso museum, so what? Explore what's around you!
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
My advice for others is that when you’re on your excursions, be sure to explore the treasures within your own host city too!
Her thoughts on Coming Home
Coming back felt as if I had left my second home.
Her thoughts on Motivation
If you have an interest in your host country, you'll find it's easy to adapt. You might even find new cultural norms that suit you better than your own.
Studied in the USA
Mount Royal University
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
My study abroad term resulted in a little longer in school to complete degree requirements, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
My exchanges helped give me clarity on my educational path. I really believe that when I look back on my years as a student, it will be my exchanges that stand out.
Interned in Italy
University of Wisconsin: Oshkosh
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
By looking at my experiences as adventures instead of challenges, I shaped those experiences positively.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
There was no official application, just me taking an idea and running with it!
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
The most important thing that I learned when 2087 was to take things with a grain of salt, be flexible, and laugh at your mistakes. It’s just as hard for the people you are trying to communicate with as it is for you!
Her thoughts on The Application Process
My number one tip would be not to give up on something you really want to do! I heard a lot of “no” before I finally heard “yes”!
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
When I wanted to make a career change I looked back at what impacted me the most as an undergrad -- and that was studying abroad.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
I’m so glad that I started looking into it months before I had to travel, because that was an extensive process.
Worked in Switzerland
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
For me, education is a lifelong process, and this is only the beginning. I am already planning my next international exchange.
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
One of the challenges in my workplace was that my colleagues were also the people I lived with. It was challenging to have my “colleague lenses” on, rather than my “friendship lenses.”
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
I traveled to many cities -- London, Amsterdam, Berlin -- each country gave me a different perspective.
Uma
Volunteered in Guatemala & Peru
College of Saint Elizabeth
Her thoughts on Homestays
Going with my volunteer program, we stayed in a local host home and ate traditional cuisine three times a day. This approach to going abroad made me feel like I was much more a part of the culture than I would have been staying at a hotel.
Her thoughts on Motivation
I am originally from Guyana. Growing up in a Third World country gave me a real insight into how hard things can be. Now I want to give back as much as I can.
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
There are no excuses! If you have a burning desire to serve, you can make it happen.
Studied in the USA
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on The Application Process
It’s highly important to create a real picture of yourself so that instructors and organizers can match you with people who have similar personalities, as well as varied weaknesses and strengths.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Instead of spending time on the computer at home, I was looking for trails to hike and species to identify.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
Of course I missed my family and friends, but my experience was so enriching and eye opening, that I really would have been content to stay longer.
Her thoughts on Motivation
I felt that experiencing some of the environmental issues discussed in lectures first-hand would provide a much more enriching learning experience.
Interned in Ghana
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Entering another country means you must adjust to their way or living, not the other way around.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Don’t be afraid! Don’t feel left out. Don’t be a foreigner. Learn the language. Be a local.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
While Ghana is very professional and is becoming more developed, many cultural factors (like religion and household seniority) play major factors in the workplace.
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
I wanted to work at a small organization because it’s the best way to get a lot of responsibility and the most field work. A lot of larger organizations offered administrative desk jobs, but I knew I wanted to be in the field.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
As a woman, if I wanted to help out with carrying things or running an errand, an unwilling male would be encouraged to instead.
Interned in Panama
Centennial College
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
Interning was much more about my personal growth as a global citizen rather than prowess with MS Office or project management tools.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Be sensitive, but don't take anything too seriously. It isn't personal, it's just the way things are.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
It's all about perspective! Adapt and just go with the flow, or risk losing your mind.
Interned in Madagascar
University of Waterloo
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
I wasn’t afraid to travel, try new foods, or get my hands dirty helping the villagers.
His thoughts on The International Workplace
Persevere. Companies, while willing to help students, have other commitments that are much higher on their priority lists and perseverance will be your greatest asset. 
His thoughts on Adaptation
At first it was a challenge to communicate with the Malagasy employees, but I quickly realized that I’d be more successful if I made the effort to adapt.
Interned in Kenya
University of Waterloo
Her thoughts on Motivation
As someone who loves to learn new languages, immerse myself in different cultures, and engage in unique travel experiences, I had a desire to go out and explore the world around me.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
In the workplace, everyone spoke in English, but my supervisors and co-workers taught me a few words in the local language, and when I would go out on weekends to the market, I would try to apply what I’d learned.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
Whether I was at work, volunteering, or just walking in the markets, locals would take the time to teach me a few words in Kiswalhili.
Traveled in Mozambique
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
His thoughts on Taking It All In
Cultural activities were very fulfilling because they allowed me to interact with nationals on a peer level. It temporarily took the attention away from my “American-ness.”
His thoughts on Adaptation
The goal is not to become a different person but maybe to talk openly about your differences and to find activities where your race and nationality are not the focus.
His thoughts on Coming Home
I miss not knowing exactly what each day would hold. I miss feeling like I was doing something important. I miss being in a place where I could meet a hundred new people in a day.
His thoughts on Coming Home
You feel as though your trip will only ever exist within you, which is simultaneously empowering and discouraging.
Had a Working Vacation in the UK
Her thoughts on Adaptation
I had to force myself to become more and more patient. Sometimes I have a temper, and I really learned to control it while I was away!
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
Saving up beforehand made the trip much easier, and I actually managed to save up some money while I was in the UK.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
Before arriving home I told my mother that I wanted at least four or five of my favorite dishes prepared as soon as I returned.
Taught English in South Korea
Wilfrid Laurier
Her thoughts on Motivation
The decision to leave my family and country for a year was just the ticket my mind and soul needed to adjust to a career lifestyle.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
The key to finding a job online is to be available to talk at almost any time. In some cases, if you don’t respond to a recruiter within a day, they will move on.
Her thoughts on First Impressions
It is my eighth month here in Seoul, but if you asked me in my first month whether I thought I would still be here now, I would have said no.
Studied in the UK
Stony Brook University
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
That is the nicest part of studying abroad: when the cultural differences you noticed when you arrived become normal to you.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
Be yourself during the application process, definitely. Show the schools the passion you have for traveling and studying abroad. 
JJ
Interned in Uganda and Singapore
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
Being treated as a professional and knowledgeable in my field really made me feel confident in my work.
Her thoughts on The Application Process
I think what made me successful was not only my previous work experience, but my determination. I didn’t let negative responses slow me down.
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
It was important to understand that how things were getting done was what was best for the people there, not what was best for me.
Her thoughts on Adaptation
Knowing that my loved ones were waiting for me and that I wasn’t going to be gone forever helped me get over the homesickness.
Studied in the UK
SUNY: University at Albany
Her thoughts on Motivation
Ever since I was young I’ve been fascinated with Europe. Experiencing a culture different from my own was something that I knew I had to do.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
Americans are loud! Even at the pubs and clubs in London I felt like we were being the loudest ones!
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Savor every moment. Take in all the sights, smells, and noise and appreciate it! And remember: the most amazing experiences aren’t planned!
Volunteered in Mexico
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
The more effort you put into preparing yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and educationally, the better your experience will be.
Her thoughts on Homestays
One of the biggest differences was the emphasis on family life. It was nice to see my host family spend so much time together without worrying about cell phones or social media.
Her thoughts on First Impressions
The biggest surprise was the culture shock. It’s not that I didn’t expect it, but you can never really predict what the differences will be and how they will affect you.
Amy
Traveled in Europe
Plymouth State University
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
I worked six days a week, sometimes for over 12 hours a day to make over $4,500 in three months, enough to fund my travels, as well as the necessary preparations, like a passport and a quality backpack.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
We rarely ate at restaurants, instead packing picnics. But we made sure to have one nice meal out in each country to taste local specialities.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
Fear holds people back from taking the leap to travel, but I believe it is vital to have as many unique experiences as you can. I believe in living an extraordinary life.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
I quickly realized that people tire of hearing your stories. It's difficult to communicate what the experience abroad was truly like. I began missing my gypsy lifestyle.
Volunteered in Mexico
St. Ambrose University
Her thoughts on Motivation
I absolutely love helping others. I’m very involved in a variety of volunteer experiences at home and I wanted to continue with this type of work while I was abroad.
Her thoughts on Adaptation
I always made sure to respect the different cultural values held by the locals: eating when and what they ate, greeting the way they did, and wearing the same types of clothes.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
By putting myself out of my comfort zone I was forced to speak the language. After my experience, I feel that studying abroad is one of the very best ways to learn a language.
Her thoughts on Coming Home
I felt like my time abroad had gone by so fast. It was a dream that I wanted to keep dreaming.
Studied in France
Indiana University Bloomington
Her thoughts on Homestays
I found that the homestay portion was imperative to improving my French. My host parents did not speak English, so this forced me to use my French skills.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Everything is a challenge when you are somewhere new that you've never been before – but an exciting challenge!
Her thoughts on Homestays
To stay on track and not go over the amount I had from the loan, I chose the homestay option. It allowed me to save money on food and practice more French.
Studied & Learned a Language in Spain
CUNY: Hunter College
His thoughts on The Application Process
My only advice for completing the paperwork is to start early and keep an organized file of the applications, keeping checklists and staying aware of the deadlines.
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
Traveling has affirmed my belief that it's paramount to disconnect from technology sometimes and allow the natural impact to seep in.
His thoughts on Coming Home
I find myself still thinking about it constantly, several times every day. I'm legitimately obsessed.
His thoughts on First Impressions
That first month abroad was like riding a euphoric wave of feeling liberated and suspended in the moment.
His thoughts on Taking It All In
For me, eating my way through a place's cuisine is the ideal way to understand its history and culture.
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
Remember why you're studying abroad in the first place: to immerse yourself in a new culture and rhythm.
Studied in Italy
SUNY: University at Albany
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
I used to do everything in a hurry. Now I try to take things step-by-step and notice everything around me.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
The most important thing about cross-cultural communication in Italy was using hand gestures. If I didn’t know how to say a certain word, hand gestures were a universal way I could communicate!
Her thoughts on First Impressions
Be prepared to arrive not knowing anything, feeling like an outsider – but leave feeling like you found a new home.
Working Vacation in Tasmania
University of British Columbia
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
I attended a poetry festival, took a dance class, volunteered at the farmers’ market and got involved with the local “couch surfing” community. I built quite the network of lasting friends!
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
I made a point of getting involved in the local community. That's really the best way to have a good experience anywhere.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
After I landed, it took me a month to find my first retail job and three months to find my second one. Staying flexible is an important part of the job-hunting process.
Interned & Learned a Language in Costa Rica
SUNY: University at Albany
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes: it’s how you learn.
Her thoughts on The International Workplace
If something about your program isn’t fulfilling your expectations, take matters into your own hands!
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
When I would arrange to meet local friends I'd always be waiting for x0 to 30 minutes. Their lifestyle is just not as fast-paced as ours!
Studied in France
McMaster University
Her thoughts on First Impressions
I found that a good way of coping my first month in Lyon was to run on autopilot and be task oriented. I was constantly checking things off my "to do" list.
Her thoughts on Motivation
I am a self-proclaimed "Francophile", and for someone who is pursuing a double major in French and History, it made perfect sense to go to France and be immersed in all that I was learning about.
Her thoughts on The Right Attitude
Learn to laugh at yourself when the little things go awry - laughter is often the best remedy for an embarrassing situation.
Her thoughts on Cultural Differences
The French live at a slower pace and really take the time to enjoy life's simple pleasures. There isn't as much of an urgency to always hurry through the day.
Her thoughts on Language Learning
Actions, gestures, intonation, voice inflection, facial expressions, and body language play just as much of a role as the oral component.  
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
I would walk the length of the market and peruse the stalls, stopping every now and again to nibble a sample of cheese or saucisson.
Studied in Sweden
SUNY: University at Albany
His thoughts on Coming Home
It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Just realizing that time is winding down can be really depressing.
His thoughts on First Impressions
I felt embraced by the culture as well as the people. I felt like I belonged and that I could live there for the rest of my life.
His thoughts on Personal Growth
Even though I came home with no money and had to eat pasta every day, I can't stress how happy I was to have seen it all.
His thoughts on Coming Home
Once you arrive home, you jump back into your old life. It almost feels like the trip was just a fantasy or dream that might never even have happened.
Teaching Abroad in Korea
His thoughts on The International Workplace
As a foreigner, I'm at the bottom of the hierarchy chain. The good news is that I am flexible and quickly adapting to the culture. It's just how Korean society functions, and I'm along for the ride!
His thoughts on Motivation
What really kicked off my travel addiction was studying abroad in Prague. It was the single best experience of my entire life.
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
I consider myself a very adventurous eater, but I was put to the test when they served duck feet and octopus soup. I was a little intimidated, but I got over it and it wasn’t all that bad!
Volunteered & Taught English in Colombia
Her thoughts on The Application Process
I poured over the Internet. Searching for the perfect organization became my second job. Knowing exactly what I wanted from a program made it easy for me to sort through all the organizations out there.
Her thoughts on Communicating Abroad
I got to know so many people just through body language. I learned that I could follow a conversation through gestures, facial expressions and tone.
Her thoughts on Personal Growth
Living in a different culture for such a long time changes your perception, which was apparent on my return home. I looked at everything differently and challenged the things that I considered normal.
Studied in New Zealand
Lebanon Valley College
Her thoughts on Coming Home
My friend and I came home with NZ-inspired tattoos… which was a pretty big surprise – especially to our parents!
Her thoughts on Pre-Departure Preparation
Having a clear idea of why you want to go abroad and identifying possible challenges you may encounter will better prepare you for your experience abroad.
Her thoughts on Boosting Your Career
I knew studying abroad would stand out on my résumé and give me a competitive edge when I started looking for work after graduation.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
Surrounding yourself with locals is crucial in order to understand and adapt to a culture.
Study Abroad in Sweden
Her thoughts on
Taught English in Georgia
Flagler College
Her thoughts on Homestays
I developed a close relationship with my Georgian family and remain in contact with them through email and Skype.
Her thoughts on Taking It All In
The soccer club was a great opportunity for me to get to know my students better and help them build skills.
Her thoughts on Motivation
I wanted to teach English abroad to build my resume, travel and immerse myself in a unique culture.
Studied in Korea
University of Wisconsin: Oshkosh
His thoughts on The Right Attitude
To truly understand some things you must experience them first-hand. Reading a book can only tell you so much.
His thoughts on First Impressions
The biggest surprise was how big Seoul was. Coming from a small town and being thrown into this busy, chaotic metropolis was an adventure in itself.
His thoughts on Adaptation
I missed having my own room. I had to get used to sharing space – but it was just another way of making friends.
His thoughts on Adaptation
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