Volunteering abroad is one of the best ways to indulge your passion for exploration while also doing a bit of good in the community. But if you’ve ever Googled the phrase “volunteer abroad,” you might have noticed that there are a million options for where to go and how to get there — not to mention the cautionary tales about harmful exploitation.
2016 was a turning point for me. As someone who is a huge believer in creating a “vision or dream board,” I knew I wanted and desperately needed more to feel fulfilled in life. A huge component of my project was to embark on international travel and experience other cultures that would allow me the opportunity to give back in a meaningful way. God fulfilled the desires of my heart and immediately presented me with an opportunity to finally have the experience I was seeking.
Students who hear about study abroad through word of mouth from influential people like mentors, peers, faculty and relatives are more likely to study abroad. That’s why the Institute of International Education (IIE) partnered with Go Overseas and four other travel and study abroad organizations to launch the #GoStudyAbroad campaign.
OYT wants to know if their followers are interested in a potential opportunity to volunteer abroad. But first - we need to collect some data to help us create a plan. Answer a few questions here! Thank you.
I am so excited to share my new Traveller Collective Clip! Darryl reached out to me a few weeks in regards to OYT and told me about this traveller clip that they sell. This clip is a personal reminder of all the places you've been, the amazing people you've met along the way and how lucky we are to be able to travel the world. The best thing about it is with every purchase you make, a certain percentage of your proceeds go to a charity organization that brings clean drinking water to the people who need it most.
We are so excited to introduce to you the first winner of our Passport Campaign: HBCU Edition. Earlier this spring, we ran a campaign to sponsor one college students passport fee ($130 value) who needed financial help to experience the first time abroad. We had great applicants this year and really enjoyed Christina's story and how she would leverage her first trip abroad. We have finally processed her passport application and she is going on her first trip next month! See our interview post about what Christina will be doing.