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9 Tips For Traveling Sustainably

9 Tips For Traveling Sustainably


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 06 Sep 2019

For those who’ve been bitten by the travel bug, the prospect of seeing the many wonders of the world and all their glory, is probably very alluring. Maybe you’ve got dreams of European escapes or African adventures. Maybe you are drawn to the Caribbean or fantasize about mountain hikes and the great outdoors.

Traveling and experiencing other cultures, places, and ways of living, can truly be a life changing experience, one that should be offered to all people for generations to come. A huge part of appreciating the world is taking care of it.

As your are preparing for your next big adventure, consider the impact that your travels have on the world you are exploring. Sustainable travel means exploring the world without harming the environment. As you are planning your next trip, consider these 9 tips for traveling sustainably.

  1. Travel Slow
    On your next trip, instead of packing an itinerary with ten different cities and locations you want to visit, choose 4 and spend more time at each place. Not only will this cut your transportation costs and allow you to truly savor and deeply enjoy each destination, you will greatly reduce your carbon footprint by cutting your travel time. The less time you spend in a car, plane, or train, the better.

    9 Tips For Traveling Sustainably

  2. Rent Hybrid or Electric Vehicles
    If you are flying to another country or city, it’s fairly common practice to rent a car upon arrival. When renting your vacation vehicle, choose an environmentally friendly electric or hybrid car, rather than a typical gas motor vehicle.

    9 Tips For Traveling Sustainably

  3. Bring Your Own Water Bottle
    Instead of using disposable plastic cups throughout your trip, pack a BPA free water bottle you can use and reuse throughout your trip. Packing a water bottle is an excellent way to cut down on your waste.

    9 Tips For Traveling Sustainably

  4. Reuse Hotel Towels
    Most people don’t wash their towels after each use at home…but for some reason, this is common practice when staying at a hotel. Instead of leaving your towels out to be picked up and cleaned each day, hang up your hotel towels and reuse them the next day. Shrinking the hotel’s laundry load will cut down on water usage.

    9 Tips For Traveling Sustainably

  5. Check Certifications
    In making your travel choices, look for hotels and businesses with environmentally friendly certifications from organizations such as EarthCheck or Green Globe. These organizations offer sustainability certifications to countless businesses throughout the tourism industry. Making sustainably certified travel choices is an excellent way to care for the environment.

    9 Tips For Traveling Sustainably

  6. Support Local Vendors
    Instead of shopping in big box stores which typically require massive quantities of merchandise to be imported, support the local economy by purchasing from local vendors. Not only are these products made locally and do not have the same environmental impact of larger companies, but these companies are invested in caring for the communities in which they live.

    9 Tips For Traveling Sustainably

  7. Think About The Animals
    Depending on the destination, there are many animal centric tourist opportunities available. Activities such as walking with lions or swimming with dolphins may sound attractive, but before you invest in these activities, do some research. Many of these activities are actually harmful to the animals involved.

    9 Tips For Traveling Sustainably

  8. Do Not Disturb
    If you are staying at a hotel for multiple nights, hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door. This one simple action will reduce the amount of energy used to wash your sheets and towels or to vacuum your carpets.

    9 Tips For Traveling Sustainably

  9. Environmental Internships
    Environmental internships are an excellent way to enjoy traveling while supporting the local environment. Internship opportunities are available all over the world and projects include everything from wildlife photography to water conservation.

9 Tips For Traveling Sustainably

 

Part of appreciating the world is taking care of it. Making sustainable travel choices shows a respect for the places you are visiting and preserves the treasures of the world for generations to come. As you are working on your travel plans, take a look at these 8 travel tips and plan your next sustainable adventure!

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Short International Internships for Busy College Students

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By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 02 Sep 2019

International Internships are amazing opportunities for a multitude of reasons. They provide the chance to travel and experience other cultures. Internships are excellent resume builders, providing invaluable industry experiences and network connections. Employers in nearly every industry are more inclined to hire individuals with internship experience than those without.

Although participating in an international internship will reap bountiful reward for just about anyone, not everyone has the time to take six months or a year to travel and work abroad. If you are currently in school, working hard to earn your degree and graduate on time, you may be thinking, “I’d love to do an international internship, but there is no way I can fit one into my already busy life and hefty course schedule!”

You’re in luck! It is in fact possible to have the internship experience of a lifetime and stay on top of your college or university schedule. There are plenty of internship opportunities that last a week or two, allowing you to schedule during spring or summer breaks.

If you are in college or university with a limited amount of time, here are 6 international internships you can work into YOUR LIFE and YOUR SCHEDULE!

1) Thailand: Plastic Pollution & Marine Conservation

If you are interested in environmental conservation, head to Thailand to learn about the impact of plastic pollution on the country’s aquatic wildlife. Interns will make a positive impact on Thailand’s marine ecosystems by conducting regular beach cleanups and educating the public on the harmful effects of plastic pollution.This program involves a flexible 2-12 week commitment, a perfect option for your summer break.

Bali- Turtle Conservation & Rehabilitation Centre

2) Bali: Construction and Renovation

Help build developing communities in Bali by joining construction teams in renovating old buildings to be used for community growth and development. This internship will give you the opportunity to make a true difference in the lives of many by improving their living conditions.This internship is ideal for college or university students because you can join this 2 week minimum internship anytime of the year! This program truly allows you to work around your schedule and commitments.Bali construction project

3) Guatemala: Medical & Healthcare Project

For those pursuing a career in the healthcare industry, this Guatemalan internship will give you hands-on experience providing healthcare to local Guatemalans. Many of Guatemala’s underprivileged communities have limited access to quality healthcare. As a result, Guatemala has one of the world’s highest rates of infant mortality and malnutrition. Interns will be providing disease screenings, assessing infant nutritional levels, and much more!This program allows for flexible start dates to accommodate your busy schedule.

Guatemala: Medical and Healthcare Project

4) Vietnam: Special Needs Daycare

Are you an Education major with a passion for working with children? This Vietnamese internship is the perfect resume builder for those interested in teaching or childcare. Interns will have the opportunity to assist in the daily care of children with special needs while their parents are at work. Responsibilities include feeding, playing games, and helping the children to interact with their peers.The 1 week commitment and flexible start date makes this internship an excellent option for your next Spring Break trip!

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5) Japan: Otaki Internship

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Spend a week (or more) hiking, camping, and exploring the mountain village of Otaki. Interns will spend their days serving in a variety of ways, including caring for horses, doing chores around the camp, and working in a local restaurant. This program is ideal for those looking to truly immerse themselves in nature.This program runs year-round and allows interns to schedule their visit whenever is most convenient for them.

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6) Australia: Food Outreach

Australia’s capital city of Sydney is a booming metropolis filled with fun things to do and sights to see! Unfortunately, like many major cities, Sydney is also home to a large population of homeless men and women. In joining this food outreach initiative, participating individuals will have the opportunity to provide food and support to over 100 individuals each day.

If you are looking for a life changing experience during your summer break, think about spending 2 weeks serving the less fortunate in Australia!

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A busy college schedule doesn’t have to be the reason you can’t take time for an internship. If you are looking to travel the world and build your resume while still maintaining your school course load, check out one of the internships above! You just might find your perfect Spring Break opportunity!

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6 Reasons Why Volunteering Is Great For Your Mental Health

6 reasons volunteering is good for your mental health


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 09 Aug 2019

Not for profit organizations are everywhere! There are organizations established just about anywhere in the world, each with its own unique mission that, in some way, makes the world a better place.

Some organizations are focused on helping animals, such as rehabilitating elephants in Laos. Others, such as Thailand’s plastic pollution project, are aimed at conserving and protecting the environment. Countless others work to meet the needs of men, women, and children, perhaps through providing access to quality medical care, education, or legal services.

Although each individual organization works to meet a different need for the unique population it serves, one thing all not for profit organizations have in common is a reliance on volunteers to keep their organizations alive. They are constantly looking for motivated and caring men and women to invest their time and energy into building and sustaining their important work.

Volunteering is important in order to sustain the good work of countless organizations world wide. Volunteers are able to make a lasting impact on communities through their work. Although the primary goal of volunteering is to give back to others, volunteering also has incredible benefits for the volunteer themselves.

  1. Lower Levels of Depression 

According to the Mayo Clinic, those who volunteer on a regular basis are at a lower risk for depression. The social nature and mission focus of volunteer work makes people feel connected and important. This work can give meaning to a person’s life and time, which consequently reduces the likelihood of developing depression.
Teaching and Youth Development in Cape Town

2. Increases Memory Preservation

A huge concern for many older adults is maintaining the mental acuity and memory of their youth. Memory impacting diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, impact many aging individuals. Research shows that adults who spend time volunteering have a lower probability of developing cognitive problems, such as memory loss, than those who don’t volunteer.
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3. Reduces Stress

Individuals who are well connected with others tend to have lower stress levels than those who feel isolated or alone. Volunteering is an excellent way to build relationships and connection, both with other volunteers and with those you are serving. Volunteering also gives people a sense of purpose, which can make dealing with daily stressors more manageable.
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4. Greater Self-Confidence

Once again, volunteers often feel a greater sense of purpose than those who don’t volunteer. They feel like their life and time are meaningful, important and needed. Feeling important and needed can do wonders for your overall self-confidence.
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5. Develops Passion

A passionless life is a bland and boring life. Volunteering is a great way to discover and cultivate the passions that give your life meaning. Whether your passion is for animal conservation or it’s making a difference in the life of a child with cancer, there are volunteer opportunities for every passion, interest, and individual.
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6. Makes You Happy

It’s not just a nice idea. Research shows that volunteering will actually make you happier! When a person volunteers, dopamine, the hormone that brings feelings of happiness, is released in your brain. It’s the same kind of “high” that people experience after exercising.
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Although the primary goal of volunteering is to make a difference and give back to the community, there are some significant personal benefits for those who volunteer on a regular basis. Check out the many volunteering opportunities that Global Nomadic has to offer and experience to mental health benefits of volunteering while doing something meaningful!

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7 Internship Opportunities for Budding Entrepreneurs

7 Internship Opportunities for Budding Entrepreneurs


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 08 Aug 2019

Anyone who has ever tried to start a business will tell you that it’s difficult! A bit like raising a child, launching a business requires a significant amount of time, energy, patience and nurturing.

Each year, many men and women decide to chase their dreams of entrepreneurial success. Some are successful in establishing their businesses, others are not. In many cases, field experience and strong network connections can make a huge difference in business success.

Internships are an excellent way to gain crucial knowledge and experience before jumping out on your own business journey. They can provide the skills and connections you need to establish a sturdy foundation for your business, before you’ve even begun.

If you are looking to start a business, take advantage of one of these incredible internship opportunities! They offer the chance to explore another country and immerse yourself in their culture while gaining valuable experience to start your business off on the right foot.

South Korea: Business Development and Marketing Internship

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Korea’s companies. Placements could be anything from well-established international companies to promising startups. Each opportunity will provide interns with field related skills, countless opportunities to build business relationships, and mentoring.

Peru: Micro-Enterprise Business Support

microenterprise project in Peru

Looking to develop your business leadership skills? This Peruvian internship offers the opportunity to participate in business leadership courses and micro-enterprise workshops, all while exploring the beautiful country of Peru. Interns will also receive mentoring and support in developing their own  micro-enterprise skills.

Ecuador: Social Entrepreneurship with Indigenous Cacao Farmer Associations

Cacao-project-in-Ecuador

Calling all chocolate lovers! Grow your business skills while working with the Cacao Farmer Association in Ecuador, whose work is responsible for one of the world’s sweetest treats. Interns participating in this program will receive hands on experience in Social Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management while immersing themselves in the local culture by living with an indigenous family. They will work closely with the Cacao Farmer Association to support and sustain local families.

Cape Town & Swaziland: Business Development and Product Design

cape town Building project

If you’ve got a passion for business and a heart for social justice issues, come to South Africa, the nation with the highest rate of economic inequality in the world. Interns will be supporting organizations working to improve the lives of South Africans by providing necessary field skills and connecting them with job opportunities. Interns will be given their own business and marketing projects to manage and run with. This internship is an excellent way to gain practical experience in the areas of business and marketing.

South Korea: Finance Internship

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Working in the financial sector? Come to Seoul, South Korea for an exciting internship in East Asia’s booming financial hub. This program offers applicants the opportunity to work and learn within the city’s top financial institutions. In addition to valuable work experience, interns will participate in language and culture classes and be able to explore the incredible city of Seoul.

Cambodia: Business Analyst

Joelle on the project in Cambodia

Cambodia is a nation with a dark history of war, genocide, and famine. The people in Cambodia continue to live in poverty and in many cases, lack essential skills to be successful in business. By joining this program, you’ll have the opportunity to use your business expertise to make a real difference in the lives of Cambodians. Interns will be matched with a project according to their personal skill set and will work with a company to become more financially sustainable.

Argentina: Business Internship

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Travel to the cultural city of Buenos Aires to support a growing internet retailing company in developing their business. This internship is ideal for those who like to tackle many different types of projects and can think on their feet. Individuals participating in this internship will enjoy their work as well in addition to getting to know the uniquely beautiful Argentinian culture.

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur with dreams of launching and running your own business, don’t miss the once in a lifetime experience to live and work abroad while gaining practical tips, knowledge, and connections that could help take your business to the next level.

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5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts

5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 24 Jul 2019

Today, all over the world, there are men, women, and children whose basic human rights are not being honored or sufficiently met. There are families who go to bed hungry, entire communities without a clean source of water, and children being sold into slavery by traffickers trying to make some money.

As unsettling as this reality is, there is some good news! There are countless organizations worldwide working to meet the needs provide a glimmer of hope to those individuals who need it most. These organizations rely on the time and effort of dedicated men and women to keep their work sustainable.

If you have a passion for helping people and human rights issues light a fire in your heart, check out these incredible opportunities to learn, travel, and grow your human rights career, all while making a difference for those in need!

5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts

  1. Guatemala: Human Rights Project

The Maya indigenous populations of Guatemala have been dealing with social exclusion for decades. A problem which began during Guatemala’s 36 year civil war, the Maya continue so be denied the basic rights, such as land ownership, given to other Guatemalans.

This internship provides the opportunity to work with local organizations to support the vulnerable populations of Guatemala by documenting abuse cases and providing community education surrounding these human rights issues.

5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts

2. Buenos Aires: Human Rights Professional Placement

If you are looking for an ideal career building internship in the human rights field, this Argentinian internship is right up your alley. This internship will have you working closely with those managing one of Buenos Aires most significant nonprofit organization.

This internship provides individuals with the unique opportunity to learn how to manage a nonprofit organization. Interns will also have their hands in the organization’s community outreach efforts, including equal access to education and healthcare. This internship is both an incredible resume builder and wonderful opportunity to serve those in need.

5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts

3. Tanzania: Human Rights and Legal Aid

Women and children are the most vulnerable populations in Tanzania. Historically, women in Tanzania were denied all basic rights given to men. Although today, women technically have the same legal rights as men, old habits die hard and Tanzanian women are often treated poorly by male family members, friends, and neighbors.

For those with a passion for supporting women’s rights, this internship aims at empowering women and changing societal norms. Interns will be working in nonprofit organizations to counsel and support women in need. They will also spend time in a Legal Aid clinic, helping to support and prepare women to present their cases effectively in court.

5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts

4. Ecuador: Women’s Rights Advocacy and Domestic Abuse Prevention

Not unlike Tanzania, Ecuador’s female population also suffers from gender inequality. Domestic abuse and violence toward women has become a significant problem in Ecuador.

This internship works to serve and protect women in need. Interns will participate in the day to day running of Ecuador’s first women’s shelter and work to educate the community on domestic violence. For those interested, this internship offers the unique cultural immersion experience of living with a local family. There is no better way to understand the culture and needs of another group of people than to live among them.

5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts

5. Cambodia: Communications and Fundraising Manager

For those with a background in business, communications or marketing and a desire to make a difference, put your talents and passions to good use serving the underprivileged children of Cambodia. One of the poorest countries in the world, many in Cambodia go without their basic needs being met.

This internship works closely with a nonprofit organization to provide food, free healthcare, and clean drinking water to children in Cambodia. This position would involve developing and implementing fundraising strategy, raising awareness and recruiting volunteers to continue the organization’s important work.

 

Not for profit organizations, such as these, are depending on the work of highly motivated and skilled interns to continue serving populations in need. Whether your passions lie with serving children or you have an interest in creating systemic change within the legal system, there organizations and opportunities for everyone. If you are looking for an opportunity to further your human rights career, add to your resume, and participate in meaningful, impactful, and life changing work, check out one of these internships today!

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7 Reasons Why You Should Consider An International Internship

7 Reasons to do an international internship


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 12 Jul 2019

Companies and programs around the world are constantly recruiting men and women to join their teams and support their organizations by participating in an internship program. These internships are available in nearly every country and cater to all demographics and professional fields.

Popular amongst college students and recent grads looking for adventure before settling into a career, international internships offer the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, hone specific field or industry related skills, and explore and experience another culture and country.

However, international internships are not reserved only for early twenty-somethings fresh out of school. Internships are a valuable experience and have a lot to offer, even if you’ve already started your career. Whether you have recently graduated college or you’ve already begun building your career, there are both professional and personal benefits to interning abroad.

7 Reasons Why You Should Consider An International Internship

  1. Gain Professional Work Experience
    Whether you are new to your professional field or you’ve been working in your industry for a while, internships allow you to take on new and different roles and strengthen your professional skills. Many internships include mentorship opportunities in which the intern is able to learn from the expertise of others and receive helpful feedback.
  2. Increase Cultural Awareness
    Our world is more connected than ever before and it’s never been more important or helpful to have an understanding and appreciation for different cultures. International internships provide the opportunity to not simply learn about another culture, but to truly experience other cultures by immersing yourself within their daily life.
  3. Improve Language Skills
    Have you ever dreamed of learning another language? Do you work in a field, such as healthcare or education, that regularly puts you in contact with people speaking a different language? As anyone who has ever successfully gained fluency in a second language will tell you, the surest way to learn another language is to immerse yourself in an environment in which that language is spoken regularly. Interning abroad gives time to consistently and regularly practice speaking another language with native speakers.
  4. Strengthen Your Resume
    If you are currently job hunting or applying for a promotion, it’s important to find ways to set yourself apart from other applicants. An excellent way to become a cut above the rest is to take advantage of internship opportunities. This shows future employers that you’ve taken the time to invest in learning new things and honing your craft.
  5. Networking Opportunities
    Businesses are global. Companies often have offices in multiple countries, outsource some of their work to international companies or subcontractors, or maintain professional relationships or partnerships with other industry related businesses. If you are hoping to scale your career or having opportunities to work with high profile companies, it’s helpful to have connections with other individuals in your company or field that can connect you to job opportunities and help you navigate your particular field.
  6. Experience New Places
    For those who dream of traveling and have lists a mile long of places they’d like to visit, an international internship is a wonderful opportunity to see new places. While work days may be spent at the office, evenings and weekends are the perfect time for day trips and adventures. Being that many internships last 6-12 months, there is ample time to not only see all of the popular tourist destinations, but to enjoy the local favorites as well.
  7. Interning Abroad Is Fun
    It may sound too simple, but spending time living and working in another country is a lot of fun! From new friends and relationships to weekend trips and international cuisine, there is so much to enjoy while spending time interning abroad.

 

Regardless of where you are in your professional journey, it’s never too late to participate in an international internship. The work experience and networking opportunities are sure to bolster your professional career, and the relationships formed and memories made will last a lifetime. Visit our open projects page to see if there’s a placement opportunity that’s right for you!

Resources:

https://www.globalexperiences.com/blog/-reasons-to-intern-abroad
https://www.goabroad.com/articles/intern-abroad/5-reasons-to-do-an-internship-abroad

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Volunteer or Intern: What’s The Difference?

Volunteer or Intern: Whats The Difference?


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 13 Jun 2019

If you’ve found yourself in the position to take a summer or a gap year to volunteer or work as an intern, you may be wondering, “What really is the difference between volunteering and interning?” or “How do I know which opportunity is right for me?” Sometimes the terms are used interchangeably and subtle but distinct differences between the opportunities are lost.

Internships and volunteer opportunities are an excellent choice for those looking for new experiences. Whether you’re looking to get involved in a local organization or hoping to spend some time abroad, there are many organizations looking for excited and motivated individuals to fill internship and volunteer positions. Both internships and volunteer positions can be incredibly rewarding and are wonderful additions to a job application or resume. However, there are some key differences that set the two apart.

1. Compensation
Depending on your particular circumstances, whether or not you will be financially compensated for your work may be at the forefront of your mind in choosing between a volunteer opportunity or an internship position. As the name implies, volunteers typically do not receive monetary compensation for their work. Rather, they offer their time and talents to a particular project or organization, free of charge.

Internships, on the other hand, vary greatly when it comes to compensation. Many organizations and programs offer an established salary to their interns, as outlined in their internship contractual agreements. While other internships do not offer a monetary salary, they may provide other compensatory benefits such as educational credit and vouchers for meals or transportation.

There are also volunteer and internship payments that require a fee for participation. These, like the opportunities Global Nomadic offers, provide the benefit of bypassing competitive and lengthy application processes to gain industry experience more quickly than other placements. Organizations that offer these opportunities often have high program costs that are covered by the project fees paid by participants.

2. Worker’s Contract
In many ways, internships operate similarly to a professional job. Interns have a set of rules and guidelines, such as required working hours and policies for missing work, that they are expected to follow. An intern’s understanding of and agreement to these standards is established through a signed contract, through which the intern agrees to abide by the expectations of the company.

Volunteer positions, on the other hand, tend to be more flexible. Many volunteer positions do not require a signed contract and the volunteer has greater influence and personal say in determining the structure of their work. For example, The volunteer themselves may determine the schedule and time frame in which they are able to work.

3. Experience v. Career Focus
The goal and focus of a volunteer position is often based on experiences. For example, many individuals choose to volunteer because they want to make a difference or give back to their communities. Altruism is a common motivating factor for those choosing to pursue volunteer work. People often choose specific volunteer positions based on community needs or social issues they are passionate about. Others may choose to volunteer because it can provide an opportunity for self-discovery or for travel. Participating in a volunteer program abroad, for example, provides ample new experiences that can only come from living and working immersed in another culture.

Alternatively, internships are typically aimed at career preparation. The goal in seeking an internship is often to gain marketable work experience and to make networking connections that could lead to a stable career in the future. Interns often look for positions within particular companies or industries that match their career aspirations and areas of interest. For example, students who’ve studied engineering will likely pursue internships within the engineering industry in order to learn the ins and outs of the trade.

4. Time frame
Depending on the volunteer opportunity, there may or may not be a clearly defined time frame for the work. For example, you may participate in a two-week volunteer mission trip with a clear start and end date. On the other hand, many volunteer opportunities can be continued indefinitely, such as volunteering at a local nursing home or soup kitchen. You may even be able to decide which days of the week or month you are available to volunteer.

On the flip side, internships are always a short term commitment. When you sign an internship contract, there will be a clearly defined start date and a clearly defined end date. Your internship may last six months or a year, but will not continue indefinitely. They also tend to have more rigid schedules defined by the company, not the intern.

Although similar, volunteer programs and internship opportunities are clearly not the same. There are unique differences, benefits, and drawbacks to both. Whether an internship or volunteer program is a better choice depends entirely on the unique needs and desires of the individual. The differences listed above can help you in determining which opportunity is the best fit for you! Either way, you are sure to have a memorable and meaningful experience that can impact your life and career for years to come!

If you’re interested in pursuing a volunteer or internship opportunity, click here to learn more about Global Nomadic’s open projects!

 

References

http://www.studentworldonline.com/article/know-the-difference-between-work-experience-internships-/162/
https://www.volunteerhq.org/blog/internship-vs-volunteer/
https://www.volunteering.com.au/internships-versus-volunteering-use-top-5-tips-tell-difference/

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7 Things to Consider Before Teaching Abroad


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 19 Apr 2019

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in another country? Maybe you’ve got European fantasies or dreams of exploring the rich culture of Asia. Each year, many men and women pursue these dreams through teaching abroad internship opportunities. Although popular among recent college graduates looking for a gap year before planting roots and settling into long-term careers, teaching abroad can be an excellent option for anyone with a thirst for adventure, a love for travel, and a passion for working with and helping others.

For most teach abroad programs, interested individuals are asked to apply for a teaching position within the country they are hoping to work in. If you are selected, many teach abroad programs will help match you to a teaching job in your chosen country. Most programs typically expect a yearlong commitment. Much like a local teacher, individuals who teach abroad are responsible for lesson planning, grading, and interacting and communicating with students and families.

If you are interested in teaching abroad or undecided about whether or not this amazing opportunity is right for you, here are a few important things to consider:

Gain some clarity by volunteering as an ESL tutor

You’re looking for an opportunity to work abroad but you’re not totally sure if teaching will be a good fit? A great way to test the waters and see if you’d enjoy spending a year or two as an English teacher is to volunteer as an ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor in a local school district. Schools are always looking for more individuals to support their ESL populations in learning the language. This opportunity is a relatively low time commitment and will give you valuable experience working with children and stretching your teaching muscles before committing to a full-time, year-long program.

TEFL Certification is a must!

Obtaining your TEFL (Teach English As A Foreign Language) certification is a requirement for most teach abroad positions. TEFL programs require 60+ hours of course and classroom work where you learn the ins and outs of managing a classroom and teaching English as a second language. There are many avenues for obtaining your TEFL certification. Some programs offer in-person classes, while others allow you to complete the coursework online. Global Nomadic offers TEFL certification as a part of our Teach Abroad + TEFL programs. This allows you to obtain the certification you will need while exploring exciting destinations such as the jungles of Costa Rica or the beautiful city of Prague.

How much money are you hoping to make?

While most teach abroad opportunities offer salaries to their teachers, the specific amount can vary greatly depending on the country. There are also a number of startup costs, such as the TEFL certification course and travel expenses. It is highly recommended to consider your budget prior to applying for different programs. Are simply hoping to cover your living expenses while teaching abroad? Or do you have student loans or other additional payments you’ll need to make on a monthly basis?  How much weekend traveling and exploring are you hoping to do once you begin your program? Once determining your budget and how much money you actually need to make, you’ll have a better idea of which programs you should apply for.

Research many countries before choosing a program

Before selecting a particular program, take some time to look into several different countries and teaching opportunities. Each individual country and teaching program offers their own advantages, quirks, rules, and requirements. The International TEFL Academy offers country comparison charts that provide more information about the job markets in particular countries, VISA laws, average salaries and more. Choose the country and program that is the best fit for your needs.

Read your contract thoroughly…then read it again!

Before you sign your contract for a teach abroad position, make sure you read your contract carefully. Because you are contracting for a position in another country, there are many important details that you won’t typically see in a local contract. For example, is your program or new employer paying your travel expenses? If so, will they reimburse you or will they pay the upfront costs? Are you expected to find and secure your own housing or will you be living in community housing? The more carefully you read your contract, the better you will understand what exactly you are signing up for. This will likely result in greater satisfaction and appreciation of the whole teach abroad experience.

Connect with others

One of the best ways to prepare for your teaching abroad experience is to talk with others who have already done it. They can share valuable tips, such as what to pack, and other wisdom they learned through their experience and give you a better idea of what your typical day might look like. Not sure where to find people to connect with? Contact your program coordinator about an alumni network. Also, look for Facebook and other social media groups connecting TEFL teachers working in a particular country.

Brush up on English grammar rules

Most teach abroad opportunities are TEFL positions, meaning you’ll be teaching English as a second language. If English is your first language, you obviously know how to speak fluently, but do you remember all of the specific rules for sentence composition and punctuation? If you are like most adults, you probably haven’t reviewed the proper usage of a semicolon in quite some time. If you are going to effectively teach English to a group of children who are learning the language, it’s a good idea to review the basic rules and mechanics of the English language so you can truly be an “expert” when creating your lessons.

Teaching abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity! There are few other programs or internships that allow you to so fully immerse yourself in another culture. If you think you’d like the opportunity to explore another country, learn another culture, and work with some incredible kids, click here to learn more about Global Nomadic’s teach abroad opportunities.

 

Other Resources:

https://greenhearttravel.org/blog/in-france/teaching-tips-tuesday-how-to-prepare-for-your-teach-abroad-experience-before-you-go
https://www.internationalteflacademy.com/blog/bid/112400/what-are-basic-start-up-costs-for-teaching-english-abroad

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Mikayla Colthirst-Reid
Posted on: 19 Apr 2019

Mikayla is a Global Nomadic contributor of awesome and engaging content to help inform Global Nomads!