08 Sep How to choose a destination for Study Abroad

[caption id="attachment_2238" align="alignnone" width="660"] Can't go wrong![/caption] After freshman year in college I went abroad for two months to Merida, Mexico. I saw a flier in a campus building I normally don’t enter: “Two Months in Mexico. Field Research. $500 Stipend.” It piqued my interest, and I emailed the professor whose name was listed below and that was that. My life took an entirely new direction and I was hooked. But what makes a student choose to travel abroad to a particular country? Reasons vary: A friend is dead-set on Tanzania, so you tag along. The price is right for Buenos Aires. 9 credits in two months for studies in Lyon. You’ve always wanted to try Chinese food in China to compare to Peking Wok Restaurant a block from your dorm...

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17 Aug Real work experience, a voice with VOS

[caption id="attachment_2213" align="alignnone" width="660"] Take the leap![/caption] As grad school began, I felt my time was up. I was too busy with classes and papers to participate in a study abroad program. However, after deciding that I wanted to write a thesis on study abroad programs and intern in the study abroad office at my campus, I started to crave something that I had missed. So instead of regretting the past I decided to make the jump and apply for an internship abroad which would give me experience in the international education field. I made my decision to live and intern in Buenos Aires, through the flexible program that Panrimo offered so I could brush up on my Spanish. The  2-month internship I chose required my native language, a basic grasp of Spanish, initiative, and creativity – a perfect combination for my interests and goals. On my very first day, I was welcomed into the VOS family with kisses on the cheek and many smiling faces. One thing that I noticed right away was that the school would be great for practicing the language since all of the staff and teachers were speaking to me in Spanish. After a week of observing the culture of the school and talking with some of the students, I was more than happy to start promoting, advertising, and marketing for this friendly Spanish school. Since then I have been steadily building the school’s image through online websites...

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