Study Abroad Students Graduate On Time

By  August 3, 2012

Earn a study abroad bursary and learn what NOT to pack: the latest news in work, study and volunteer abroad.

Volunteer Abroad News

• Your bags are packed and you're ready to go. Or are you? Habitat for Humanity volunteer Noa tells us what not to pack for a volunteer construction project overseas. Meanwhile, our field bloggers tell us what they wish they had packed. (The answer might surprise you!)
•  USAID announced last week that they will be awarding Cuso International over $1 million in funding to support the recruitment of American professionals from diaspora communities to volunteer overseas. (In Canada, disapora volunteers are already been part of Cuso’s programming.)

Study Abroad News

• New studies indicate that not only do students who study abroad graduate on time—they may also have higher rates of graduation than students who stay at home.

• In Spain, young people are leaving the country in droves to study abroad. But it’s not because of the opportunity for cultural exchange—it’s due to the country’s economic crisis.

• If you’re headed overseas this semester, there are some key things that your study abroad advisor may not be telling you.
• Want to study in Europe—but are unilingual? Consider these countries.
• With a number of students abroad becoming injured or killed this past spring, now is a great time to read this article on staying safe while studying overseas.

Required Reading

• Ten years ago, Sarah Hepola got in her car and started a five-month road trip across the United States—alone.

Contests and Opportunities

• Are you looking to study in the U.K. in September 2012 or January 2013? Robert Gordon University still has spots and scholarships are available to international students.

• TBEX’13’s host city has been announced—and it’s going to be in our very own Toronto! (Okay, the Verge office is actually located in Peterborough, but it’s close enough.) Best of all, if you’re not a travel blogger yet, you have 10 months to get started before the conference!

Blog about your favourite city and to enter to win EUR 800 in free accommodation.

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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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