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New Site Encourages Study Abroad

By  January 9, 2013

Irish flock to Canada and a travel forum closes: the latest work, study and volunteer abroad news.

Work Abroad News

• Mirroring trends that were seen throughout European countries in the last two years, it’s been reported that more than 200 Irish citizens moved abroad daily to find work in 2012. Their destination of choice? Canada.

Xpat.no, the first English-language network of its kind for expats living and working in Norway, was launched in late 2012.

Study Abroad News

• With dramatic reports questioning the safety of spending a semester overseas (such as this one) the launch of Emily Sweeney’s site, Study Abroad Spotlight couldn’t have come at a better time. The site connects parents and prospective study abroad participants with alumni, easing fears.

• One nation's citizens that don’t need encouragement to study overseas are the Vietnamese, where parents are collectively spending up to one billion dollars annually to educate their children abroad.

Required Reading

• Ever wonder what the difference is between a "service learning opportunity" and a "volunteer vacation"? Here's one breakdown: “Volunteerism and Other Travel Buzzwords: Defined!”

• Opinion: Melinda Ozongwu, a Uganda native, writes about the effects of placing expats on a pedestal in African nations.

• Lonely Planet’s popular Thorn Tree travel forum was temporarily closed, allegedly partially due to discussions about the age of consent overseas.

• Still in its beta state, Travel720 helps globetrotters reach their financial goals and overseas dreams—including working, studying and volunteering abroad.

Contests & Opportunities

• Dream of having your travel tale published? (Other than on the Verge website of course!) The Matador Network has a call for submissions for a 2014 travel book.

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Jessica Lockhart

Contributing Editor

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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