Change the Way We Think of Charity

By  April 24, 2013

Study abroad scholarships and the value of intercultural skills: the latest news in work, study and volunteer abroad.

Volunteer Abroad News

• Should you volunteer overseas? This flowchart can help you decide—and determine the right type of volunteer experience.

VOFAIR’s vision is “to bring and assure transparency in the world of international volunteering.” Unlike other certification systems, it has been launched by individuals in the global South. Adieu-Ark-B Marketing’s Q & A delves further into what this new standard is all about.

• This story is a must-read just for the headline alone. “Will the Jersey Shore be the voluntourism hot spot for Summer 2013?”

Study Abroad News

• “While the number of overseas students from other major Asian countries like China and India has boomed, there was a precipitous decline in the number of Japanese studying abroad. . .However, experts say the downward trend is reversing in Japan, partly because of demands by major employers, which are seeking to globalize.

• How can universities become more ambitious—and creative—when it comes to the creation of study abroad programs? The thoughts of one conference presenter.

• “A semester abroad does not qualify as ‘going global,’” says the Dean of George Washington University School of Business in Washington, DC.

Work Abroad News

• The British council released their 2013 report on the value of intercultural skills in the workplace. Amongst the findings? Workplaces that employ intercultural employees enjoy greater workplace harmony.

• Expat children in the UAE find it hard to integrate as compared to other countries favoured by expats. 

Required Reading

• Must watch: “TED Talks: The way we think about charity is dead wrong."

• “Google mines Frommer’s Travel for social data, then sells the name back.

Contests & Opportunities

• Attend the first “food tourism” conference in September 2013.

Win a trip to international travel blogger conference TBEX in Toronto this June. Contest ends April 30.

Scholarships for Canadian graduate and undergraduate students to study in Japan are being offered by the Embassy of Japan in Canada. Applications are due May 2013.

Win a volunteer vacation in Thailand, working with elephants and in partnership with Thai volunteers.

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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.


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