Abroad101 Featured Blog 2011 – Go! Girl Guides!

Kelly Lewis and Go! Girl Guides

Abroad101′s Featured Blogs promotes leading blogs in the international education and travel space that showcase stories, news, or advice that help others to gain a global perspective. Here are some featured questions taken from an interview conducted with a blog that does just that!

1. Who are you, and what makes your blog unique?

My name is Kelly Lewis, and my blog, Go! Girl Guides, is dedicated to empowering women to travel the world. To do this, we have started the world’s first series of travel guidebooks made just for women. We focus on safety, affordability and being awesome.

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Study Abroad Overshare Disorder (SAOD): An Epidemic & A Cure

Study Abroad Overshare Disorder (SAOD): An Epidemic & A Cure

Returning study abroad students find new treatment for isolating, widespread condition

BOSTON, MA, August 11, 2011 – Depression. Isolation. Dwindling Facebook friendships.  Slow motion, contemplative walks along the ocean. These symptoms are nothing short of a nightmare to today’s college student.  However, unfortunately, increasing numbers of returning study abroad students are experiencing a mystifying condition that, until recently, lacked empirical evidence.

This condition has been labeled as Study Abroad Overshare Disorder (SAOD).  Researchers from the UAIEEH (Unofficial Association of International Educators for Emotional Health) “guestimate” that SAOD afflicts 1 in 3 post-abroad students, likely even more given the under-reported and stigmatized nature of the condition.

After several years of intensive research involving bubbling test tubes, pensive facial expressions, and an insisted repeat track of epic, motivational music, the UAIEEH team has uncovered a monumental treatment with an unprecedented success rate, and minimal side effects.

More details around this new treatment, along with an acclaimed Public Service Announcement video, can be found at: www.StudyAbroadOvershareDisorder.com.


gtrot For Study Abroad Students: Since You’re Globetrotting Anyway

Kamaria Gboro is the newest member to the gtrot community team. She recently graduated from the University of Missouri and manages gtrot’s social media accounts. She loves fashion, cupcakes and technology. Connect with her on gtrot’s Facebook or Twitter. Follow her @kamariagboro.

Studying abroad automatically puts you in the globetrotting category! gtrot (short for globetrotting), is a social travel site that encourages sharing your trips with friends and finding friends in your destination. You login with Facebook (we don’t bite or spam) and we take the data you’ve provided to Facebook as a basis for your profile. gtrot is perfect for student travelers! It gives students a chance to share their trips with their family and friends. Most of us have more friends on Facebook than in our immediate friendship circles. Once you share your trip with your Facebook friends, they can offer advice. What’s great about this is that you get advice and recommendations from the people you know and trust, rather than complete strangers from travel review sites. Continue reading

How to Handle Your Parents While Abroad

Now we all know that no one wants to worry about their parents while venturing through ancient cities in Europe or swimming in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, but lets be honest, they still exist even if they aren’t on the same continent. We’ve all been there; mom or dad hands you a couple of extra calling cards before you’re about to jump on the plane just to make sure you have ample resources to call home at every possible chance you get. While this may be a bit overboard, we have developed a quick “How to Survive Parents While Abroad” guide to help you enjoy your time overseas while also keeping your parents happily informed!

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“3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films…..= a trip of a lifetime.”


‘Where I’ve Been’ – Share Your Travels!

I recently stumbled across a newly formed website called ‘Where I’ve Been,’ and was surprised to find that a lot of my friends were already on it! The site was just created in 2010 and already has 9.7 million members! If you’ve never heard of it, it’s simply a great way to record and share your travels with others. And when I say simply, I do mean that it is extremely simple to use. ‘Where I’ve Been’ automatically connects you with your Facebook account, making it easy to locate your friends and fill in your personal and travel information. The whole site is awesome (and FREE), but here are the some of the features that I found especially worthwhile! Continue reading

Abroad101 Featured Blog 2011 – The Study Abroad Blog!!

Nate Nault & The Study Abroad Blog

Abroad101’s Featured Blogs promotes leading blogs in the international education and travel space that showcase stories, news, or advice that help others to gain a global perspective. Here are some featured questions taken from an interview conducted with a blog that does just that!

1. Who are you, and what makes your blog unique?

My name is Nate Nault, and I’m a recent graduate of The College of The Holy Cross in
Worcester, MA. I studied abroad in St. Andrews, Scotland during my junior year of college and had the time of my life. In fact, I had such a great time that I decided to study abroad again during the Fall of 2011, this time through an intensive language program in Beijing, China. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Adventures in Brazil, Part Two

By Rachel Hartman

Adventure Number 2: Morro de Sao Paulo

Since we survived the taxi ride to the ship terminal, I  assumed that our trip to this gem of an island would be successful. I could not have been more accurate. The two hour catamaran ride was amazing. I have never seen water so calm. Mary, Lindsay and I sat outside for most of the voyage. I met this nice guy from Argentina. Little did we know that he understood English perfectly. We were ignorant to think that nobody on the boat spoke English, so we were saying things as we pleased. Oops. Anyways, I was able to take some beautiful photographs of the still water and even some flying fish!

When we got to the island, we could not have been more excited. It was beautiful. There were no cars, and tons of tourists. We finally felt as if we could walk around without the threat of getting mugged. Cute boutiques and small pousadas (hotels) lined the sandy roads. Taxis, known to others as wheel-barrows, assisted visitors with their baggage and even their children. The soft and white sandy beaches were stunning. People were so happy. All in all, a satisfying contrast from Salvador. We had been there for five minutes when we decided we never wanted to leave. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Adventures in Brazil, Part One

By Rachel Hartman

Adventure Number 1: Lavagem do Bonfim

I carefully tied the white bracelet to my wrist. Three knots, as instructed, wishes laced in between each. I briefly glanced over my right shoulder to find a group of men dressed up in spooky costumes. A bit frightened, I briefly glanced over my left shoulder to find a group of women dressed up in large, white dresses. I was thoroughly confused about my surroundings as well as the fact that everyone, including myself, was wearing white. But, I was there. I had my camera out, ready to shoot. My sneakers on, ready to walk.

Not knowing what was going on, we waited around for the locals to lead the way. And so it began. The four mile walk to the Bonfim Church for a ceremony we knew nothing about. All I was informed of was that the people of Salvador come together to celebrate the washing of Bonfim Church (Lavagem do Bonfim). Continue reading

Guest Blog: “Ticking Away, the Moments that Make Up a Dull Day…”

By Rachel Hartman

Risk. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a risk is “someone or something that creates or suggest a hazard.” But as I have come to learn over this past year, everything in life has a different meaning to each person. To me, a risk is not suggesting something hazardous, but an adventure that challenges me to remove myself from my comfort zone. That is why I decided to take a risk, leave everything behind me, and embark on the biggest adventure of my life. A gap year. 
A gap year is a term not often thought about by high school seniors that are about to enter college. For me, a gap year was the only term in my vocabulary. Although I could have easily gone to Franklin and Marshall College last year after being accepted Early Decision, I needed a change in my life. What could have been a bigger change than traveling the world and learning about different careers and cultures? So that is exactly what I did. Continue reading