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How email invitations can help the environment

How Email Invitations Are Helping The Environment

As the whole world is on a clamor for better environmental practices, individuals and industries alike have run to paperless transactions. Rather than printing out paper receipts, correspondence, mail, letters, and other invitations, they’ve now made even more use of the electronic mail. Because more people are also in the digital space a majority of the time, this means that they’re utilizing this form of communication now even more than ever. Plus, it also means that your message will never get missed.

That said, many benefits come along with using email invitations, online invitations, green invites, or whatever other names it comes by. Some of these are the following: 

  1. Less Paper Used, More Customization

Depending on the style of your physical invitation, you may have to use more paper than usual. This is prevalent in wedding invites, for instance. Added pages, laser cut trims, paper flowers, and whatnot. When you come to think of it, although these add to the physical beauty of your invite, that’s another waste of paper. Not just paper, but even money down the drain.

Chances are, after your wedding, a majority of your guests are only going to throw your invites. If you’ve got a hundred guests, imagine all of that wasted paper. Had you opted for a digital or email invitation, this is solved. You can still customize your invitation as much as you’d want to, without using up more paper and other wasteful products.

There are many websites or software today, such as Greenvelope, that you can sign up for, which enables you to make invites that are just as dynamic and beautiful.

  1. Cheap

How does being cheap contribute to the environment? You don’t have to buy physical products. In the creation of invites, note that it’s not only paper that’s being used. There’s glue, cutters, beads, and other products that you may have to purchase, depending on the design of your invite.

Opting to go for email invitations are usually free. The only fee you may have to pay is for signing up on the app that enables you to create your email invite. Other than that, you don’t buy anything else. That means you’re not purchasing any physical product that may not even be recycled at all.

  1. Save On Postage

When you’ve got guests that don’t live nearby, you’re going to have to mail the physical invites to them. Apart from the financial expense that this is going to entail, it also contributes to more fuel usage. Just as is the case in trying to travel sustainably, so is it also that here, you can highlight the negative and wasteful use of fuel. This means that when you mail a letter or hundreds of them, you’re increasing the carbon footprint of your local postage. Here’s how:

  • First, if your invites have to be flown to another place, that means added cargo or baggage on airlines. Yes, you may have only twenty pieces of invites to send. They don’t weigh that much. Plus, the plane is still going to have to leave anyway. But, imagine if all the other event organizers would advocate for email invites. It’s going to work like a domino effect where physical mail is significantly decreased. This can lower the entire cargo load of plane companies. In effect, the strain on the fuel is also reduced.
  • Second, the delivery of your invite from one place to another, even while on the road, still takes up fuel. The delivery man will have to go from one house to another, to send a single piece of mail. In some cases, that may mean a kilometer or more, worth of travel all for one letter. That’s very wasteful on fuel consumption.

With email invites, there’s no consumption of fuel for physical delivery. This is a significant advantage, as do remember, that fuel is one of the most harmful and non-renewable sources in the environment.

  1. Better Management Of Food And Space

 How can a simple thing, such as an invitation, affect the management of food and space for your event? Here’s how.

In your event’s invitation, you’ll have a part for your RSVP. With traditional invitations, it’s very easy to overlook this part. Plus, many also tend to ignore it. Once you’ve sent the invitations out, it can be tough for you to monitor your guests, who are coming, and who is not. It’s troublesome also to have to contact each of them individually, just for an RSVP, when they don’t respond.

With email invitations, you can have a setting for forced RSVP. A deadline can be set, and this notification can also be sent out quickly across all of the addresses that you’ve sent the invite to. To comply with a request for RSVP is effortless and easy to do. Plus, there’s no way for your guests to miss out on it, too.

Because of that, the direct result is this: you’re able to have better management of food and space for your event. As a majority of your guests have complied with the RSVP on email on the deadline set, you’ll know what your headcount is. This means that you don’t have to prepare food and whatnot for so many more guests than is expected. This results in lesser wastage of food.

Along this line, it’s important to note that food wastage hurts the environment. Water and other equipment were used to prepare so much of that food that may only end up thrown away. That also means unnecessary consumption of plants, such as fruits and vegetables, when you could’ve given that to other consumers instead.

As minute as an email invitation may be, it can create that domino effect on your event, as set by the example above.


Global warming is still a big problem. Unfortunately, the business sector is one of the highest contributing factors to the worsening of global warming. Through wasteful practices and activities, the environment suffers. In this case, the event industry is no exception. As events are getting bigger and grander, so also has the clamor for physical invitations that are out-doing one event after another. But, all thanks to the responsible use of technology, a solution has been met.

Email invites are becoming the new “in” thing, because of the many promising benefits that it can give, not just to the pocket but also to the environment. For the reasons mentioned above and so many more, it’s always worth considering email invitations for your next event.

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Jeremy Freedman
Posted on: 10 Feb 2020

Halong Bay – 3 Ways of Travel


How to Get to Halong Bay

This part of planning can be confusing because there is a wide range of options from Hanoi to Halong Bay.

From Hanoi

There’s a bus line connecting from Hanoi and Halong Bay. They are approximately 160 kilometers away from each other, which takes about 3 hours. From the bus station, it takes about 15 minutes to Taun Chau’s ferry boat to Cat Ba or 40 minutes to a specific boat station (at the end of Khe Cha Street). It will take about 2 hours to reach the island of Cat Ba.

Here are the multiple ways to reach Halong Bay;


It will take 45 minutes to take a Seaplane flight from the Noi Bai Airport to Halong City. It’s a fabulous experience with aerial views across the countryside and water landing at the Tau Chaun’s Island Marina.

You can extend the flight for an extra 15-minute scenic tour over the bay, which gives you a bird’s eye view, which allows you to have a bird’s eye view up to 300 above sea level for beautiful jade green waters and the thousands of limestone karsts.


There is no direct route from Hanoi to Halong Bay, so expect to have an adventurous ride. You must first go to Gia Lam either through bus or train and then take the train to Ha Long.

Vietnam Railways is the official train line and can cost up to 70,000 VND for a regular seat. The ticket can be booked via their official website or at the Yen Vein Train Station. You should expect cancellations and train delays without notice.


From Gia Lam Bus Station in Hanoi to the Bai Chay Bus Station of Hai Long, it costs around 120,000 VMD (6 USD), and you can get the ticket at the bus station. It has 17 seats, and the trip can take around 5 hours because the buses stop along the way to fill up passengers.

Tip: To get to Gia Lam, take bus #34 for 5,000 from these bus stops: Hai Ba Trung, Van Mieu, Bac Co, Nha Hat Lon, or Choung Duong. Make sure to wait for the bus where the traffic is flowing north or east. Otherwise, you might end up on the other side of the city.

From the My Dinh Bus Station, buses traveling to the Bai Chay Station costs 100,000 VMD. They are faster, larger, and more comfortable than the 17 seat buses in Gia Lam. City Bus #34 also stops at the My Dinh Bus Station, which is the opposite route of going to Gia Lam.

If you’re planning to explore Cat Ba Island, you should expect to leave at 10:00 AM to reach Halong because the last ferry leaves at 3:00 PM.

In Summary

No matter what form of transportation you take, you’ll find a safe route from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Make sure that you book your tickets early, as you don’t want to wait hours for the next ride. By following these tips, we hope that you have a great experience at Halong Bay.

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Jeremy Freedman
Posted on: 27 Mar 2018

Why Crowdfunding Conservation Travel Is Easier Than You Think

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A Closer Look at Crowdfunding and Conservation Travel

If your goal with travelling is to connect to worthy causes and volunteer, but you don’t have the funds you need to make it happen, crowdfunding is a good option to consider.

Conservation projects are as worthy of professionals’ and volunteers’ causes as social initiatives are, and because they bring like-minded people together their happy by-products are often lifelong friendships and more good work for the planet.

Crowdfunding has served as a very good fundraising platform for many years, and online options make it an easier option than ever in the technological era. There are stories of powering almost any conceivable project with crowdfunding, and a host of crowdfunding sites that can be used to fund these dreams.

Strange But True Crowdfunding Success Stories

For anyone wondering if their idea is too silly or crazy to fund using crowds, the answer is no. Kurt Braunohler wanted to raise $4,000 on Kickstarter for a project with the self-explanatory description that people would be able to “hire a man to write stupid things with clouds in the sky.” In the end, he raised $6,820 and proclaimed memorable messages, such as “Clouds 4 EVA”, “How do I land” and “God’s Fartin’” across the sky.

Jeffery Self painfully chipped half of his front tooth away but had no dental insurance, so he started the “Jeffery Self Needs a New Tooth” campaign on Indiegogo. He raised $250 more than his $3,400 goal after begging his YouTube followers to make donations as small as a dollar, in a very engaging and personable video.

Many other fantastical stories of crowdfunding success abound. Fred Beneson was able to translate Herman Melville’s masterful Moby Dick into a text of nothing but emojis thanks to his successful Kickstarter campaign “Emoji Dick”, while Tessa Rushton used the same platform to fund her “functional beard face mask”, the 5 O’clock Shadow. There was even an Uno-style game called “Poop” which was successfully funded on Kickstarter, based, unsurprisingly, on toilet humour, that exceeded its target of $4,500 by more than 100%.

Popular Crowdfunding Platforms

Looking through the examples here, it’s easy to think that Kickstarter dominates the crowdfunding world. This certainly is among the biggest platforms, but its focus is on artists, designers and producers of any kind of creative work. Often people who invest here are promised an economic kickback or another incentive, such as a limited-edition artwork.

As robust as Kickstarter is, therefore, it is probably not the best option if you’re trying to crowdfund to get you to a conservation project. Consider FundMyTravel, the platform we are affiliated with, that allows you, in its own words, to “fundraise for meaningful travel”. GoFundMe is also a good idea, and there are several other platforms to investigate.

The idea is to connect to potential donors who are interested in helping you do good without any interest in personal reward or seeing a particular product realised. You don’t have to use a crowdfunding tool that focuses on travel alone, but it does streamline the process. GoFundMe has a Travel section, which also keeps things simple, and both these sites also have a reputation for raising funds to help with worthy causes. If you’re raising funds for a personal holiday you may also get a good response, depending on your story, but you should be able to secure your funds quite easily if you want them for helping save or preserve the environment.

Campaigning for the same trip on different platforms is not prohibited, but it can actually harm your efforts so you need to choose carefully. Backers like to see that you are close to reaching your goal; if you’re far off they may not donate. Spreading your campaign across sites can diffuse the funds you are getting so that it looks like your momentum is being lost, and it can also simply be confusing and deter your backers that way.

Whatever crowdfunding tool you decide on, you’ll be able to set up your campaign easily. Make your way to the funding website, and create your campaign. Think very carefully about what you want to say and the pictures that you want to use; this is how you’re selling your campaign to people. When you’re ready, you can distribute the links to your fundraising drive via email and social media platforms, directly from the crowdfunding website.

Fund transfer systems differ among platforms, but they are always simple to set up and use. Make sure that all deposits are encrypted with SSL transactions, so that your travel funds and personal information are kept completely safe. Updates, notes of thanks and pictures can be posted on your account dashboard, which can go a long way to motivating people to continue to make donations.

You could even consider starting your own blog or YouTube channel about the project you’re embarking on. In the technologically connected world of today, don’t underestimate the power of personally reaching out to the potentially huge audiences who will see your appeal. Once again, think very carefully about all the content that you post.

Conservation Projects to Consider

If you feel passionately about where you’re going and what you’re doing, that will translate into the crowdfunding campaign you create, and you stand a better chance of being successful. A lot of people in your position will already know exactly what their goal is, but if you don’t have a specific project in mind you should do thorough research and find one that resonates with you.

Worthwhile projects to look into include preserving Malaysian rainforests, wildlife conservation initiatives in Costa Rica, volunteer researchers on sea turtles on the island Lang Tengah off the coast of Malaysia, and Malagasy marine conservation expeditions. Choose ones that are set in social and environmental situations that will work for you, so that you can enjoy yourself and grow as a person while helping to heal the planet.

As always, make completely sure that the projects you are going to are trustworthy and endorsed by recognised authorities. The volunteer programmes at Global Nomadic will all ensure you are looked after in every way, so signing up with them is an easy way to stay safe while you embark on this life-changing journey. We’d love to hear from you, so if you have any questions don’t hesitate to visit our contact page and get in touch.

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Jeremy Freedman
Posted on: 14 Dec 2017

Success Story – Interview with Hermione Way


1. Who are you, What do you do and What did you have for breakfast?

Hi! I’m Hermione Way, I’m an entrepreneur, journalist and TV presenter. I have been working in the technology industry for over 10 years. I was on a $25million TV show called Silicon Valley and most recently Head Of European Comms for Tinder. I a lover of marmite on toast -the taste is so strong it wakes me up in the morning .

2. What did you get up to last Tuesday at work?

Last Tuesday, like every morning I spend the first two hours of the day reading the news, checking my channels and catching up on work. The morning is when i’m the most focused so it’s best to do the real work at this time. I currently work with over 50 clients all over the world so the rest of the day consists of calls and chats with them helping them with their press, marketing and PR strategy.

3. Who or what inspired you to do the job you do now?

I love the Internet and people, since I started Internet businesses I’ve had an incredible life that has taken me traveling around the world and meeting amazing people like Sir Richard Branson, now I want to help others realise through the Internet they can have access to the same opportunity as me.

4. What is needed to succeed in your career?

I’ve been working hard for 10 years, I would say I’m a hard-core networker and I’ve spent a long time building an incredibly powerful network, i’m followed by investors, journalists and high net worth individuals. You don’t really need qualifications, although my degree in journalism did give me a good foundation, all you need is the will to make something happen and you will.

5. If you could go back and change one thing, what would it be?

I’m really good at starting companies, not so good at wrapping them up neatly, I built huge amounts of value in the brands that i’ve built previously and instead of exiting or selling the company, i’ve just let it fold- I wish I had a better exit strategy.

6.What is your proudest moment?

High-fiving Richard Branson whilst kiteboarding in the Caribbean.

7. What is your favourite quote? 

“Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one” I love this quote because most people are scared to death of what other people may think of them and never start anything. Life is too short, everyone will have an opinion of you no matter what you do so you might as well do it anyway!

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Jeremy Freedman
Posted on: 08 Nov 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Successfully Applying & Getting a Scholarship to Travel Overseas

The Ultimate Guide to Successfully Applying & Getting a Scholarship to Travel Overseas
Initially, the cost of going overseas can be intimidating. But once you realize how many millions of dollars are out there to help students study, volunteer, and work abroad, you’ll start getting focused on how to channel some of that money your way.

By mastering these practical tactics, you can vastly improve your chances of getting a scholarship and making your dreams of going abroad a reality.

Managing the Market

There are thousands of scholarship opportunities out there, but you have to know where to find them.

Most scholarships and grants fall into the following categories:

  • Destination-based: These are awarded based on where you want to study abroad.
  • Industry-specific: Some scholarships are only for students of engineering, diplomacy, public health, etc.
  • Demographic: Based on ethnic background, minority statuses, gender
  • Academic: Some scholarships focus more on awarding applicants with high grades or class ranking.
  • Language study: Many awards are available for students learning foreign languages, especially “critical languages” like Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, etc.
  • Need-based: For students with demonstrated financial need, often recipients of federal loans or grants for their university tuition.
  • Program-specific: Awarded to participants of a certain program.
  • University-specific: Only students from a particular university are eligible.

A good place to get started navigating this scholarship market is by visiting your university’s study abroad and/or financial aid office to ask about funding sources that may be available to you. And of course check out our own compilation of 50 Scholarships and Grants for Study, Volunteer, and Travel Abroad.

FastWeb is also a great database.

If you’re a US citizen, check out the US Department of Education FAFSA website — government grants and loans can actually be applied to study abroad, too. For students of other countries, make sure to check with your own government and the government of the country you’re planning on visiting for other funding opportunities. Many governments award money to foreign students studying at their universities, you just have to look.

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Managing the Process

Applying to multiple scholarships is a process and you have to stay organized. The following tips summarize how to structure your approach to scholarship-hunting.

Start early

Start your scholarship search 3-6 months before you plan to travel abroad. You may even want to start looking a full year in advance so you have an idea of all the opportunities you’ll be eligible for. It’s never too early — but it’s also never too late either.

Apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for

Scholarships are a bit of a numbers game. Once you’ve developed a strong application, you have to make sure you put your name in as many hats as possible.

Plus, there’s no limit to the number of individual scholarships you can receive. By getting a $500 grant from one organization and $1,000 from another, you’ve covered half the cost of your dream volunteer program.

And remember, no amount is too small! It all adds up.

Check eligibility requirements carefully

Before you go around turning in applications left and right, make sure you’re applying to the right opportunities. Many scholarships have very specific requirements, from the citizenship and financial need of an applicant to their major or regional focus.

Have a system of prioritization

You’re busy, so you have to be realistic about how many scholarships you can actually apply to. Prioritize the opportunities where you meet most or all of the selection criteria, scholarships that offer a higher award amount, or programs where there may be fewer people applying because they are obscure or very specific, ie. an award for Irish-Americans who are also first generation college students. If you fit that criteria, make sure you apply!

Keep track of deadlines

It sounds very basic, but make sure you apply on time to be considered. We recommend setting up a basic Excel spreadsheet where you track the name, eligibility criteria, deadline, application requirements, and selection criteria for every opportunity you plan to apply for. Staying organized will help you stay sane!

Prepare your references

You’ll probably be asked to provide one or two references for each scholarship application. Do everyone involved a favor by prepping those references carefully (and professors will be happy to recommend you to multiple opportunities if you make it easy for them).

Create a document with the name of the scholarship(s) you’re applying for, a few sentences about what it is and what their selection criteria is, the deadline for submitting their reference letter clearly highlighted, and a short paragraph summarizing why you’re the right candidate for that opportunity. Print this document out, attach your resume, and bring it to that person (with a smile). Make sure you follow-up and politely remind them a few days before a deadline.


Managing the Application

Now that you have a strategy for the application process, you need to make sure your applications themselves are outstanding. Here are specific tips on how to make sure you’re submitting the best possible application.

Address the selection criteria explicitly

Most scholarships specify exactly what they are looking for. You’d be smart to print that list off and check off each one as you address it in your application. Make it easy for them to see you’re the candidate they’re looking for!

Look at the organization’s values

You want to tailor each application to its audience, so do your homework. Study the organization’s website: How do they talk about themselves? What’s their tone of voice? What values are important to them? What’s their mission statement? Then reflect those things back to them in a way that’s still authentically you. You can also review the profiles of past scholarship recipients (they are often listed right on the website).

Address your past, present, and future

A smart applicant will strategically place examples throughout their application that address the parts of her past, present, and future that relate to that opportunity. Let’s say a student is applying for a scholarship to study Mandarin in China. She may briefly share a story of a childhood friend from China who got her interested in Asian cultures and languages, she will highlight what she’s doing now to advance her language skills (it’s important to show you’re already applying yourself), and then she shares a thoughtful plan about how that program and opportunity will advance her studies and shape her career in the future.

Showing the full “life cycle” of interest in this opportunity hugely increases your chances of resonating with the selection committee.

Give specific examples

Stay away from generalities. Of course you are smart and hard-working, but what makes you stand out from all the other applicants? Create a list of at least five qualities or experiences that make you unique and find a way to highlight those things in every application (as long as they are relevant).

Also: show, don’t tell. Don’t tell them you’re interested in the Middle East, share the example of how you work with refugees on the weekend.

How will you give back?

Most scholarships want to see that you understand that there’s a privilege with receiving a grant to travel abroad and showing an attitude of humility and gratitude for even the possibility of that experience is warmly received.

Even if not explicitly stated in the application, sharing ideas for how you will use your experience overseas to give back to your home community will win you major points with most selection committees. It’s also a great thing to actually do, whether or not you win a scholarship to travel.

Read it out loud

The easiest way to prevent typos and other mistakes is to print out your application essays in hard copy and read them word-for-word out loud, preferably in front of an audience. You’ll catch grammatical errors, awkward wording, incomplete sentences, and typos this way — guaranteed.

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Final Words of Wisdom

Remember, where there’s a will, there really is a way. If you have your heart set on volunteering in Kenya or studying Portuguese in Brazil or interning with an NGO in Indonesia, you will make it happen.

Inevitably, you will not receive every scholarship you apply for, so take the rejection in stride. By putting yourself out there for every opportunity you can, you vastly increase your chances of being recognized and awarded real dollars towards your goal.

So don’t give up — and never give up your dreams of going abroad because of something like money, which can be resolved with a little time, strategy, and know-how.

Now that you know how, check out our list of 50 Scholarships & Grants that you can apply to!

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Posted on: 15 Aug 2017

50 Scholarships and Grants to Help You Study, Volunteer & Travel Abroad

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One of the biggest myths about going overseas is that it’s outrageously expensive — but the reality is there are hundreds of organizations offering scholarships & grants dedicated to helping students realize their study and volunteer abroad dreams.

So before you get discouraged by the price of the program you have your heart set on, remember that there are millions of dollars out there available to students just like you. All you have to do is strategically select which opportunities you’re eligible for and be willing to put the hard work into preparing those applications.

At Global Nomadic, we believe all students can have the opportunity to study, volunteer, and work abroad — experiences that profoundly shape the individual and contribute to a more conscientious global society.

Because we want as many people to have these opportunities as possible, we’ve sifted through the internet to come up with 50 of the best scholarships that will help you make traveling overseas a reality.

Once you have found your opportunities, read our Ultimate Guide to Successfully Applying & Getting a Scholarship to Travel Overseas!

[Last Updated March 2019]

General Study, Volunteer and Travel Abroad Scholarships

1. Global Nomadic Scholarship

Global Nomadic logoEligibility: Open to all applicants.

We are proud to announce our Scholarship programme for 2019. Simply submit your 2-minute video to enter for your chance to win a $500 USD credit to be used for any of our programmes. We have also teamed up with our partners Global Travel Academy and World Nomads, to get you a Certificate in International Volunteering, and 2 weeks complimentary Travel Insurance.

2. Asia Exchange Scholarship

Asia Exchange logoEligibility: Open to students enrolled in any institute of higher education in specified regions

Offers up to €500 grants to students from Europe, the Americas, and Australia who are studying at select universities in Indonesia, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea.

3. Fund for Education Abroad

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen or permanent residentfund for education logo

Offers a range of scholarships with an emphasis placed on supporting students who are underrepresented in the study abroad population. Awards up to $10,000 for academic year programs or $5,000 for semester programs for US undergraduate students.

4. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

Rotary logoEligibility: Open to citizens of any of the countries where Rotary Clubs exist

Awards range from $13,000 to $25,000 for an academic year, multi-year, or 3-6 months of cultural immersion abroad. Applicants must be a citizen of a country that has Rotary Clubs and have completed at least two years of university coursework.

5. UniPlaces Scholarship

Uniplaces logoEligibility: Open to students from any country

Live rent-free for a semester by applying for the Uniplaces Scholarship. The criteria: tell UniPlaces about acts of kindness you’ve done! Two scholarships are available to students worldwide.

6. David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

borenawards-logoEligibility: Must be a US citizen to apply

Supports US undergraduate students with awards of between $2,500 and $20,000 to study abroad in exchange for a commitment to seek work with the federal government. Must be studying in regions of critical interest to the US (i.e. Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded).

7. Chevening Award

Chevening logo 1Eligibility: Must be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country

Funded by the UK government and open to graduate students worldwide, this grant helps recipients study at a British university.

8. Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen, permanent residents are not eligible

Fully-funded intensive summer language programs sponsored by the US government to expand the Critical Language logonumber of students mastering critical foreign languages like Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Farsi, and Japanese. Must be a US citizen to apply.

9. Confucius Institute Scholarships

Eligibility: Open to students worldwide

Confucius logoConfucius Institutes promote the study of Chinese language and culture around the world and provide generous scholarships of all types of students to study Chinese.

10. BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST)

Eligibility: Must hold a UK passport

Multiple awards for students from the United Kingdom to undertake post-graduate study in North America. Awards range from £2,000 and £10,000. Must be a UK passport holder to apply.BUNAC logo

11. The Study Abroad Journal Scholarship

Eligibility: Open to all students enrolled in a US college or university, including international studentsThe Study Abroad Journal logo

$500 awards based on how you creatively record and share your memories from study abroad with the world. Application includes a response to a short answer question and a photo/video submission via Instagram. Open to US and international students enrolled in US universities.

12. uVolunteer Travel Scholarship

Eligibility: Anyone from any country over the age of 18

Covers the full cost of volunteering abroad in Costa Rica for 3 weeks, including airfare and housing. Applicants must submit a video demonstrating their dedication to making a difference in their home community.

13. Cultural Vistas Fellowship

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen to applyCultural Vistas logo

Covers the majority of the costs for 12 underrepresented US university students to take part in eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India.

14. Fulbright Scholars Program

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen, permanent residents are not eligiblefulbright-logo

Fulbright offers multiple awards for English-teaching, research, creative storytelling, and graduate study.

15. Allianz Global Assistance ScholarTrips Award

Eligibility: Must be a US residentScholartrips logo

Up to six $2,500 awards to study or volunteer in the country of your choice are available if you answer the question “What inspires you to travel abroad?”

16. Hostelling International USA Explore the World Scholarship

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Hostelling international USA logoA generous scholarship that plans to award approximately 100 young people (ages 18-30) $2,000 awards for overseas experiences that have an educational or service component.

17. Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen to apply

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, this grants offers up to $5,000 annually to students who will participate in study or intern Benjamin Gilman logoabroad programs worldwide. Open to undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university.

18. Go Overseas Study and Intern Abroad Scholarship

Eligibility: Open to all students enrolled in a US college or university, including international studentsGo Overseas logo

Go Overseas sponsors $500 awards for US undergraduate students to study, volunteer, or intern abroad. Rewards creative approaches to their application.

19. Tortuga Backpacks Travel Scholarship

Tortuga logoEligibility: Must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or currently studying in the US on a student visa

Tortuga Backpack’s mission is to “help people take amazing trips.” Awards $1,000 and a Tortuga backpack for students from any US university studying abroad. Applicants don’t have to be US citizens or residents if enrolled in an American university.

20. Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) Scholarships

Eligibility: Must a US citizen or permanent resident currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college or university in the USfreeman asia logo

Provides scholarships for US undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia for semester, summer, or academic year programs. Awards range from $3,000 to $7,000.

21. Henry Luce Fellowships

Henry-Luce-LogoEligibility: Candidates must be US citizens and nominated by one of 75 participating institutions

The Luce Scholars Program provides financial support to college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals who want to enhance their understanding of Asia. The program provides stipends, language training, and professional placements for approximately 15 scholars every year.

22. Omprakash Ambassador Travel Grants Volunteer Grants

omprakash-logo-originalEligibility: Open to ethical volunteers from all backgrounds

Omprakash is dedicated to ethical cross-cultural volunteering. Their travel grants pay the travel and living expenses for individuals volunteering abroad within the Omprakash network of health, education, and environmental partner organizations. Applications are considered independently of age or nationality.

22. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) GrantsHACU_Logo

Eligibility: Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at a HACU-member institution.

HACU provides scholarships to students studying with their numerous study abroad partner organizations.

23. Travelocity Travel for Good

Eligibility: Must a US citizen or permanent residentTravel for Good Travelocity logo

Every year Travelocity provides travelers with awards to volunteer abroad with one of their partners. Submissions are done via Twitter or Tumblr — with big points for creativity!

24. Volunteer Forever Scholarship

Eligibility: Open to residents of the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the European UnionVolunteer Forever logo

Awards travel scholarships of $500 to $1,000 to study, volunteer, teach, or work abroad participants. Applications are open twice every year.

25. Samuel Huntington Public Service Awards

Eligibility: Open to anyone from a US college or university, including non-US citizensSamuel Huntington logo

This generous scholarship provides a $15,000 stipend for a college senior to pursue one full year of meaningful public service anywhere in the world after graduation. Applicants don’t have to be US citizens or residents as long as they are graduating from a US university.

Program-Specific Scholarships

There are numerous scholarships that are program-specific. If you’ll be traveling with any of these programs, make sure to apply for their grants — or see if the program you’ve already chosen has a similar offering. If you’re still undecided on which provider you’ll go abroad with, you can start by prioritizing the organizations that offer financial support to their own participants.

26. CIEE Scholarships and Grants

27. School for International Training (SIT) Scholarship

28. DIS Scholarships (Scandinavia)

29. Academic Studies Abroad (ASA)

30. IFSA-Butler Study Abroad Scholarships

31. Academic Programs International (API)

32. The Education Abroad Network (TEAN Grants)

33. ISA Scholarships

34. CEA Study Abroad Scholarships

35. USAC Scholarships

36. American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

37. The Intern Group

38. Eastern European Study Abroad Program

39. Spanish Studies Abroad

Destination-Based Grants

If you’ve already decided on where you want to travel to, you can look for scholarships based on your destination. There’s an incredible wealth of both private and government-funded scholarships on every continent, so here are just a few to get you started. Most of these are open to students from all countries, but check all eligibility requirements before applying.

40. Kosciuszko Foundation for study in Poland

41. Go Overseas New Zealand Scholarship

42. Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

43. Australia Awards

44. Shanghai Government Scholarships

45. Swedish Institute Study Scholarship (SISS) 

46. German Academic Exchange Scholarships (DAAD) 

47. Korean Government Scholarship 

48. VLIR-UOS Awards for study in Belgium

49. New Zealand Pacific Scholarships 

50. Holland Scholarship for study in the Netherlands

While we’ve been able to generate an extensive list of scholarships and grants available for study and volunteer abroad, this is not an exhaustive compilation. In addition to browsing here, make sure to explore financial aid options offered directly through your university and through your prospective study abroad or volunteer program. You should also check for support offered by your home country as well as the government of the country you plan on visiting.

The Ultimate Guide to Successfully Applying & Getting a Scholarship to Travel Overseas


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Posted on: 31 Jul 2017

India Film Scholarship

Our partners at World Nomads are offering an amazing opportunity for a lucky someone to get a Travel Film Scholarship for Kerala, India! Get on-the-job training with a top videographer and start your career in the travel photography industry!

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Free flights
Receive round-trip airfare from your closest international airport to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, India.

12-day filmmaking trip
Capture the culture and communities of Kerala under the mentorship of professional travel filmmaker Brian Rapsey.

Post-production workshop
Your trip will include a 3-day post-production workshop where you’ll edit your film, continuing your mentorship with Brian Rapsey.

Audio gear
Record superior sound for your film with a new Video Mic Pro and VideoMic Me™ iPhone directional mic courtesy of Rode Microphones.

Nomad accessories
Be equipped with hyper minimalist smartphone and smartwatch accessories from Nomad.

Travel insurance
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Posted on: 23 Jun 2017

5 Ways Volunteering Can Support Environmental Conservation

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No matter what you do in life, the most rewarding experience you’ll ever have is volunteering. You’ll develop insight into a whole new culture, learn more about yourself, and make a genuine difference to other peoples’ lives.

A whole host of organisations are doing their bit for environmental conservation, but they’d be the first to admit that the ordinary folk giving up their free time are equally crucial to the cause. There are so many ways that volunteering can support environmental welfare, and listed below are five examples:

1. Enhancing landscapes and living standards

We’re used to our frantic urban lives, but swathes of the global population still live off the land. Millions are dependent on the wellbeing of their crops, livestock and water sources for survival, and volunteer participation in sustainable initiatives ensures these resources remain rich and well-preserved.

By taking part in a landscape sustainability scheme, you can actively contribute to the enhancement of living standards for a whole community. And that’s a truly magnificent thing.

2. Harnessing green technology

Whilst many of us are lucky enough to reap the privileges of the 21st century, other nations are not. This is especially true when it comes to technology, much of which we take for granted in the Western World.

As a volunteer, you can help to introduce better resources to less prosperous villages, towns, and nations. Renewable energy schemes are a great example – allowing you to conduct research into technologies that will help disadvantaged societies to develop.

3. Saving the ecosystem

Environmental conservation is not just about preserving the land itself – but also about protecting its inhabitants. There are a brilliant selection of wildlife projects that you can sign up for, which involve behavioural research, wild animal rehabilitation, and patching up injured pets in the local villages.

All of the above contribute to a well-balanced, much-improved ecosystem. Creatures can thrive where they belong, and you’ll swing the scale back, however modestly, to how our planet should be.

4. Raising awareness

Without the media, we would be largely ignorant of challenges facing third world countries. As a journalism volunteer, you can help to gather information on these deprived places, and show the wonderful work that’s rejuvenating them.

By sharing the story, you can raise awareness back home – which in turn will convince more people to join the conservation mission.

5. Safeguarding the future

The world is brimming with beauty from one hemisphere to the next, but what you might not know is that there are thousands of people working behind the scenes to preserve it. When you volunteer on a conservation project, they’re no longer distant figures: you’re becoming one yourself.

An environment preservation scheme helps to protect the local land for years (even decades) to come. Your input actively safeguards the future – regions are improved, whilst subsequent generations have a stronger chance of carrying on your example.

Take the most important and rewarding step of your life by signing up to a volunteer program with Global Nomadic today. If you have questions about any of our placements, visit our contact page to get in touch. Our team would love to talk to you.

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Posted on: 20 Jun 2017