Volunteer Abroad News
• With “alternative spring break” fast approaching, in December a public forum was held at Yale to address concerns about student volunteer trips. They are currently in the process of developing a set of guidelines and best practices for service trips offered by campus student groups—an act that we hope other universities will consider.
Work Abroad News
• Wondering what it’s like to work abroad? Verge's “From the Field” blog is a great place to start, but if you want snippets of life overseas that are 140 characters or less, here are 20 top expat Tweeters to follow in 2013.
• Setting up shop abroad? Don’t expect a welcome package if Moscow is your new home.
• According to new census data, almost 25,000 Estonians work abroad.
Study Abroad News
• Despite dramatic news reports citing the dangers of studying abroad (including high rates of sexual assault) a new study finds that the greatest threats to coeds abroad are illness and theft.
• “Of the roughly 30,000 children in Haitian [orphanages] and the hundreds adopted by foreigners each year, the Haitian government estimates that 80 percent have at least one living parent.” The New York Times on the closure of orphanages in Haiti.
• Want to get hired? United Planet’s Dave Santulli explains why volunteering abroad might make a difference in your job search.
Contests & Opportunities
• Looking for the ultimate summer job? Sure, you could work at the same sleepaway camp that you went to as a kid. Or, you could work in Italy. Tough decision.