Where Have All the Icelandic Students Gone?

Written by  September 25, 2012

The most expensive city for expats and $500 grants: the latest news in work, study and volunteer abroad.

Volunteer Abroad News

• The International Tourism Society, with the support of Planeterra, released a much-needed International Voluntourism Guidelines for Commercial Tour Operators. Tips include transparency in reports and avoiding the use of “poverty images” for marketing purposes. We couldn’t agree more.

Work Abroad News

Hong Kong remains the most expensive city for expat business people to live in.

Fifty per cent of expats who move to Dubai admit that they didn’t know exactly what they were getting themselves into. (We’re not sure if that’s necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes, the adventure can be in the unknown.) However, surveyed expats in Dubai have also revealed that they believe they’ll earn more money overseas—but that their salary expectations don’t meet those that are offered.

Study Abroad News

• Where are all the young Icelanders? As it turns out, they’re all studying abroad, with a whopping 20 per cent of students currently located overseas.  Compare this with the UK, where only 1.7 per cent of students are attending a university abroad.


• Youth Challenge International is offering youth action grants of $500 for Canadian youth aged 18 to 35 interested in creating innovative solutions to youth issues in development.

• Want $25 off your next international flight? We’ve partnered with Travel CUTS to offer you a discount on your next booking. All you have to do is pre-register to attend the Go Global Expo in Montréal. And just to sweeten the deal, we’ll also throw in a free digital subscription to Verge. (Best part? The event is free to attend, too!)

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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.

Website: www.jesslockhart.com

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