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Written by  March 9, 2014

A new pledge to increase study abroad numbers: the latest news in work, study and volunteer abroad.

Volunteer Abroad News

• For those without a background international development, it can be difficult to understand the ethical problems created by the growth of voluntourism—and that’s where learning service alternatives come in, reports WhyDev.

• The voluntourism sector continues to grow in regions throughout the world, including new opportunities in Israel.

Study Abroad News

• Study abroad doesn’t have to mean taking boring art history or English courses overseas. This US-based study abroad program accelerates careers in renewable industries.

• In news that comes as no surprise to the Verge team, a new study demonstrates that studying abroad doesn’t just positively affect professional and educational development—it has a positive effect on the emotional development of students as well.

Infographic: What 6000 students from around the world said about why they decide to study abroad and the influence that their parents have over their final decision.

• This summer, it was announced that the EU was upping the budget on their popular Erasmus study abroad program. Now, more than 150 US colleges have pledged increase their study abroad numbers through Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative. However, as author Stacie Nevadomski Berdan points out, it will take much more to increase study abroad numbers.

Work Abroad News

• The Economist has released their 2013 worldwide cost of living report, ranking Singapore as the world’s most expensive city, especially for expats.

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• There’s only a few days remaining to choose your favourite picture in Verge’s “Travel with Purpose” photo contest. Voting is opening until March 15, 2014.

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Jessica Lockhart

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Although Jessica has travelled to more than 30 countries, her favorite place to throw down her bag is still her hometown of Cold Lake, Alberta. A freelance journalist, Jess has worked for international development organizations and tour operators. She’s conducted workshops in Vanuatu, perfected the use of a satellite phone in the jungles of Guyana and supervised teenage pool parties in the Dominican Republic. Although she's based in Toronto, Jess works remotely from all around the world.


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