Study, Intern or Volunteer: Which Program is Right for You?

Today’s study abroad opportunities are limitless. In addition to conventional study abroad programs, students (and graduates!) now have the choice between a myriad of other program types as well. From internships to volunteer programs, students have the unique opportunity to find a program that directly caters to them. The question is – how do you know which program to choose?  Below are a few benefits and features of each program type to help guide you in your search for the perfect program.

 

  1. Study Abroad

Typical lengths: Summer, Semester, Academic Year, J-Term, May Term

 Today’s conventional study abroad programs offer courses in everything from Anthropology to Distilling. Gone are the days when students from only a handful of academic disciplines were able to study abroad. Nowadays, students looking to earn credit towards their major or fulfill general university requirements have the opportunity to choose from a variety of available courses and programs. If you have a set timeframe in which to study abroad – a semester, for example – or you’re interested in studying a variety of subjects then a study program may be the best fit for you.

 

  1. Volunteer Abroad

Typical Length: 2 – 12 weeks

 Volunteer opportunities offer individuals of all ages the opportunity to travel abroad for a shorter time frame. Participants have the chance to choose between everything from assisting a local wildlife organization to teaching English at a nearby school. Volunteer projects are typically short-term, incredibly immersive, and allow participants the chance to make a difference in their host country. Volunteering abroad is a great fit for students interested in a meaningful experience during a school break, those who feel passionately about a specific cause and individuals who may not be eligible for traditional study abroad programs (i.e. retirees, high school graduates, families, etc.).

 

  1. Internships Abroad

Typical length: 1 – 6 months

 Internships programs have become increasingly available over the years. With a wide range of options for professional fields, locations, and time frames, individuals have a lot of choices! These programs are all about expanding your knowledge within your field and gaining hands-on experience in a new setting. We recommend intern abroad programs for students interested in learning more about a particular field and recent graduates looking to gain professional experience before entering the workforce. With many options for start dates and durations, individuals can choose to go for one month, a semester, six months, or anywhere in between.

 

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New Program: Internships in Prague and Rome

As we continue to expand our selection of programs and destinations, we’re thrilled to announce two brand new additions: Internships in Prague, Czech Republic and Rome, Italy. With both programs come new opportunities for students, recent graduates, and mid-career professionals. We couldn’t be more excited to offer these new programs, and the adventures that await our participants in these locations! Read on to hear more about these new program locations.

 

Home to the best beer in Europe and a rival to Paris’ beauty, Prague is a millennium-old city with rich culture and architecture. Interns will have a variety of fields to choose from including, but not limited to: Advertising, Architecture & Landscape Architecture, and Engineering. To view all the fields offered in Prague, please visit our website: http://worldendeavors.com/programs/intern/intern-in-the-czech-republic-prague 

 

Known for its fascinating art and history, present day Rome is now a vibrant hub for business and culture.  Do as the Romans do and enjoy the delicious Italian cuisine, while exploring some of the works from the world’s greatest artists and intellectuals. While discovering this stimulating city, interns can gain experience in a variety of fields, including: Journalism, Web & Graphic Design, Culinary Arts and Performing Arts. To view all the fields available in Rome, please visit our website: http://worldendeavors.com/programs/intern/intern-in-italy-rome

 

If you’re as excited about these programs as we are and want to know more, just visit our website or contact a World Endeavors Advisor.

 

Phone: 612.729.3400

Email: info@worldendeavors.com

Website: www.worldendeavors.com

 

 

New Program: Intern and Volunteer in Argentina

We’re very excited to announce two new programs in a brand new location: Intern and Volunteer in Argentina! Both programs allow participants to fully experience Argentine culture in one of the country’s most exciting cities, Buenos Aires. Frequently referred to as the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires exhibits a perfect blend of European architecture with a distinct Latin flair.

Interns will have the opportunity to choose from a diverse list of available internship fields, ranging from Accounting to Museum & Cultural Management. Outside of their internship, participants will have time to explore their host country as well as partake in a number of activities throughout Buenos Aires. Internships have flexible start dates and are available for durations between two and six months.

Volunteers participating in the program will work alongside local grassroots organization to make a lasting contribution to the community. Available projects include Childcare & Orphanage Assistance, Eldercare, Environmental Conservation, Youth Sports Coaching, and Wildlife Conservation. Our volunteer program also has flexible start dates, with durations ranging from four and twelve weeks.

Find out more about our Intern and Volunteer programs in Argentina by visiting our website or speaking with a World Endeavors Advisor.

Intern in Argentina: http://worldendeavors.com/programs/intern/intern-in-argentina

Volunteer in Argentina: http://worldendeavors.com/programs/volunteer/volunteer-in-argentina

Phone: 612.729.3400

Email: info@worldendeavors.com

New Programs: Intern in Northern Ireland and Seville, Spain

On the heels of our Study Abroad at Heriot-Watt University announcement, comes the addition of two brand new internship program locations: Northern Ireland and Seville, Spain. We’ve offered study abroad programs in both locations for years, and we couldn’t be more excited to expand our opportunities. Read on to hear more about these new internship programs.

With a wide range of available internship fields, our Intern in Northern Ireland program offers something for everyone. In addition to internships in such fields as Criminal Justice, Interior Design, and Marketing, participants can also intern in the fields of Peace & Reconciliation, Human Rights, and Social Enterprise. Depending on their specific internship placement, participants may be based in Belfast, Derry, or other locations throughout Northern Ireland. Please visit our website to learn more about interning in Northern Ireland.

For students with an interest in expanding their knowledge of the Spanish language while gaining hands-on experience in their field, our intern program in Seville provides the perfect opportunity. The city is the economic, cultural, and political capital of Andalusia, and participants are sure to experience it all in beautiful Seville. Participants can choose from a range of internship fields including Visual Arts, Social Work, Event Management, and Media Studies. Please visit our website to learn more about interning in Seville.

Questions about our new programs? Visit our website or get in touch with a World Endeavors representative:

Intern in Seville, Spain: http://worldendeavors.com/programs/intern/intern-in-spain-seville

Intern in Northern Ireland: http://worldendeavors.com/programs/intern/intern-in-northern-ireland-multiple-locations

Phone: 612.729.3400

Email: info@worldendeavors.com

Funding Your Program Abroad

Earlier last month, the White House hosted a Travel Blogger Summit on study abroad and global citizenship. The event involved 130 influential travel bloggers, media outlets, and senior policymakers. With the primary goal of increasing study abroad enrollment of U.S. students, speakers discussed current figures, trends, and ideas to encourage participation in programs abroad. During the summit, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced the creation of a new U.S. Study Abroad Office. What does this all mean? In short, there has never been a better time for U.S. students to participate in a program abroad. The creation of this office, along with a nationwide initiative to increase study abroad enrollment (Generation Study Abroad), has meant an increase in scholarships, as well as more emphasis being placed on the importance of study abroad as a whole.

Aside from the many government-sponsored scholarships, there’s also a wide range of other privately-funded scholarships, crowdfunding sites, and fundraising resources available to students, both from the U.S. and around the world. So, as you’re choosing a program and adding some money to your “travel” fund, consider these tips to get you on the path to studying, interning, or volunteering abroad:

Tip 1: Start Crowdfunding
Similar to sites like Kickstarter, study abroad crowdfunding sites have been growing in popularity over time. Crowdfunding provides a great opportunity for your friends and relatives to help you fund your experience abroad. Depending on the site, users may set up a profile page, set a funding goal, and post updates along the way. New to crowdfunding? Not to worry. Sites like Project Travel or FundMyTravel are very user-friendly, and also provide resources on setting up your profile and sharing your campaign with others.

Tip 2: Search for Government-Sponsored Scholarships and Grants
As previously stated, there are many government-sponsored scholarships and grants available to U.S. students wishing to study abroad. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, providing grants to U.S. undergraduate students, is a great example of such opportunities. Applying for federal financial aid is also recommended to those looking for additional funding.

Tip 3: Search for Privately-funded Scholarships
World Endeavors offers a variety of partial scholarships and discounts for our programs. There are also a number of organizations and associations that offer yearly scholarships to students. Rotary International provides some great scholarships for study abroad. There are also many destination or subject-specific scholarships out there. Our advice? Search often. There are new scholarships popping up all the time. All you have to do is look. You may even want to bookmark scholarship search engines, such as StudyAbroad.com and Fastweb.com, for quick and easy searching.

Tip 4: Keep an Eye Out for Contests and Sweepstakes
Many organizations run special scholarship contests or sweepstakes throughout the year. Some may ask you to show off your creative talents via a video or photo, while others will ask you to write an essay. Whatever it may be, it’s worth it! Some organizations even offer prizes in the form of full scholarships to the program of your choice.

The takeaway? There are many people rooting for you to make your dream a reality. Whether you’ve decided to volunteer in Costa Rica or study in England, there are many funding opportunities available. If you have questions about where to start, we suggest speaking with someone at your study abroad office or getting in touch with us. Our advisors are always happy to help!

The Search for the Perfect Program

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Choosing a program abroad can be one daunting task. Sure, you’re excited at the thought of travelling. Who isn’t? Just the thought of scaling the Eiffel Tower, touring Buckingham Palace, or visiting the Taj Mahal gives you a rush of excitement. You imagine your friends at home – jealous of your far-away adventures. But, before all this can happen, you need to make a choice. Do you want to study in Seville or volunteer in Pokhara, intern in Ireland or study in Sydney? Some of you may know immediately where you’d like to go, when you’d like to go, and what you’d like to do. But, for many, finding the right program can be like a frustrating game of pin the tail on the donkey. Well, that’s where we come in! Below is a not-so-short how-to guide to help you in your search for the perfect program.

 

Step One: Research the Options

First off, let me say that it is never too early to start researching. With so many options, the best first step you can take is to see what’s out there. You’d be surprised at the types of opportunities available, and the earlier you start looking, the more opportunities you may have. Want to help with sea turtle conservation efforts? Take classes towards your engineering degree? Intern at a law firm? You can do all of these things abroad! Take some time and do some browsing to see what types of programs pique your interest.

 

Step Two: Meet with Your Advisor

An increase in study abroad programs over the years has meant more opportunities for more people. Whether you’re majoring in global studies or marine biology, there’s a program out there for you. However, there may be better times to go abroad than others. Your academic advisor can help you narrow down when might be the best time for you to go and what types of classes or programs you should focus on (ex. credit-bearing, intern, study, short-term, etc.)

 

Step Three: Choose a Time and Duration

Once you’ve met with your advisor, you should have a better idea of what time frame you should aim for. While some may be fortunate enough to work in a full year abroad, this isn’t possible for everyone. Luckily, program providers and universities have found a way for most everyone to fit in some period of time abroad during their academic career. From week-long volunteer trips to four-month internships, there’s something for everybody. Once you’ve narrowed down a time frame, say a two-month summer program after your junior year, you can begin to get a better idea of what places and programs will work for you.

 

Step Four: Choose a Program Type

This can be one of the harder parts of choosing a program abroad. There are so many different types of programs, each with its own unique benefits and features. To help give you a better idea of the options, scroll down for a short description of each type.

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Step Five: Choose a Continent/Country/Region

Choosing a location can be one of the best parts of traveling abroad, but also one of the hardest. For many people it may be easy. Maybe they always saw themselves sitting along the shore in Valencia or sipping a cappuccino in Florence. But for some, it can be hard to choose between these two scenes and the many others that likely occupy your daydreams. Choosing a general area is really the best place to start. When choosing a region, take language, climate, and time zone into consideration. Keep in mind that, while these are things to be aware of, they shouldn’t necessarily be deciding factors when you get down to picking a program. Wherever you go and whatever you do, it’s all about finding a program that will allow you to have the best possible experience abroad.

 

Step Six: Choose a City

The (almost) final step! When choosing a city, you should factor in a few things:

  •  Geographic location:

Think about whether you’d like to be by the beach, the mountains, or the countryside. What type of location fits you best?

  • Activities available:

Do you enjoy hiking? Swimming? Biking? Look into what environment might be most conducive to the types of activities that you enjoy.

  • Cultural events:

Look into the events that are typically held in that city. Is there a yearly rock festival featuring a frequent lineup of your favorite bands? Do they host an autumn festival complete with traditional food and activities?

 

Step Seven: Choosing a Program!

You know what’s out there, when you’d like to go, what type of program you want to do, and where you’d like to go. Now the only thing left to do is pick a program. Once you know what you’re looking for, the process of finding a program can be a lot less scary and a whole lot quicker. If you’re still having trouble, simply ask for help. There are plenty of people out there that want to help you get abroad – academic advisors, professors, the study abroad office staff at your university, and us! Any one of the World Endeavors staff members is ready and willing to help you narrow down your options and plan your program.

 

Once you’ve figured out your program, there are many things you can do to get started on your adventure. My suggestion is to get in contact with the study abroad office at your university. Let them know what program you’re planning on doing and what program provider you’re working with. From here they can help you figure out funding (scholarships, crowd-funding, financial aid, etc.), the transfer of credits, and any other steps you might need to take.

 

Have questions? Contact a World Endeavors Advisor at info@worldendeavors.com or leave your comments below!

 

 

 

And the winners are…

As the leaves start changing colors and the days start getting a little chillier, it’s hard not to get excited for fall. Here at the World Endeavors office, we’re looking forward to sitting by the fire, digging back into some good books, and eating some yummy fall foods. But as summer comes to an end, so does our Annual Summer Photo Contest. There were so many great photos this year and we’re sad to see the contest come to an end! From riding elephants to conquering mountains, we loved catching a glimpse of the adventures our participants are having around the world. While we wish every photo could win, just three will take home the prize. After carefully tallying up the votes, we’ve found our winners! Congratulations to…

 

Category: Landscape – scenery, architecture, street life

Jessica, Criminal Justice Intern in Ireland

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Category: People – everyday life, cultural events, food/meals

Tehmur, Marketing Intern in Thailand

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Category: World Endeavors in Action – participants interning, volunteering, and studying abroad

Alyson, Veterinary Sciences Intern in Thailand

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Congratulations to this year’s winners and thank you to all that participated! We can’t wait to see what next year’s contest holds.