Abroad101’s Cool Study Abroad Program of the Week with DIS in Denmark

In what could be the coolest program of all time (762 reviews), DIS now gives you options in Denmark and Sweden.  Discover Europe and meet the unexpected; ignite your love of learning, further your academic achievements, develop  intercultural understanding, and acquire life skills essential for engaged citizenship. https://www.studyabroad101.com/providers/dis-study-abroad

Academics at DIS are intellectually stimulating, with courses designed to further your knowledge within your chosen field and inspire intercultural awareness. Challenge yourself to examine issues from different perspectives, raise questions, and debate complex topics through analysis, research, and reflection. Many courses focus on contemporary burning issues; terrorism, migration, economic turmoil, climate change, human rights, and other current topics inspire discussions in the classroom.

Whether you live in a Homestay, take a Danish Language and Culture course, volunteer at Studenterhuset (Copenhagen’s student union), play on a local sports team, or meet your Visiting Hosts for a Danish smørrebrød lunch; your learning will take place beyond the classroom. Our goal is to help you depart from your semester having built a network and friendships.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:

https://www.studyabroad101.com/providers/dis-study-abroad

Abroad101.com Cool Study Abroad Program of the Week in Costa Rica with SOL Education Abroad

Year after Year, one of the top study abroad programs as rated by students is SOL Education Abroad’s program in Heredia, Costa Rica.  Learn/Improve Spanish in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and explore the verdant cloud forests and tropical coastlines of this popular Central American country.  Immersing yourself in the Spanish language and culture and studies at the city campus of Latin University of Costa Rica.  It can’t be beat!

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.  Classes are taught at the prestigious Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, a private university with an actual campus, which is often a rarity in Latin America. Students really get to become part of Costa Rican student life on this program. In addition to the academics, cultural activities are included on the weekdays, and excursions to different parts of the country on the weekends. The program also includes volunteer and community service experiences. You will live with one of our carefully selected host families and our onsite director will be available for you 24-7.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:

https://www.studyabroad101.com/programs/sol-education-abroad-heredia-universidad-latina-de-costa-rica

 

 

Abroad101 March 2017 Students of the Month

 

Abroad101 donates to study abroad fundraisers that are set up by hopeful students who hope to study abroad. Working together with GoEnnounce we choose a student mission to be highlighted and then award a donation to start off the fundraising efforts. March 2017 students winners tell us about their coming study abroad trips to England, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain and South Korea.

Sydney Lundquist, our 115th Abroad101 Student of the Week winner is currently a senior at Washington and Lee University. She is an excellent student who is majoring in Biology and has received numerous awards and distinctions such as the W&L Biology Departmental Award and the Scholar Athlete Academic Honor Roll. Along with this, Sydney is also very involved in volunteer work, clubs, societies and extracurricular activities, and is dedicated to environmental sustainability, basketball and her faith.

Sydney’s goal is to eventually earn a Ph. D in conservation ecology. For now the plan is to Study Abroad in England and attend the University of Cambridge in October 2017. She will be working in Biological Sciences for Zoology research examining freshwater mussel conservation. This unique opportunity and experience will provide the chance to explore and understand new ecosystems, work with conservation ecology professionals, grow as a leader and ecologist and provide her with the unparalleled opportunity to explore the world.

We wish Sydney all the best at Cambridge and hope that she will have a life changing experience there!

Learn more about Sydney’s mission here.


Congratulations goes to our 116th Abroad101 Student of the Week winner, Kendall ShanksOne of Kendall’s passion is to learn languages, she is learning French and plans on studying Spanish, Mandarin as well as conversational Italian in college. During high school while working on an article about the struggling English-language learner program in her school district, Kendall’s eyes were opened  about the struggles the non english speaking students encountered. This one article shaped her plans for the future. She decided to work to protect members of the community that are silenced and disenfranchised.

Kendall’s future plan is to earn a degree in Global Studies and a minor in International Relations. She has been accepted to attend the Global program at Long Island University, in New York. The program will start in the fall of 2017, and she will spend one year in Costa Rica, living with a host family.  For Kendall, being able to study abroad will give her the unique opportunity to understand the issues refugees and immigrants face in their native countries.

Kendall started her fundraising Mission and will use the funds to pay for the tuition abroad.

To check out Kendall’s Mission and donate to her cause, click here!


Cecilia Mercier, is our 117th Abroad101 Student of the Week winner!

Cecilia is currently a junior at Southeastern Louisiana University, in Hammond, where she is majoring in International Management with a minor in Marketing. Her biggest passion is to travel and to discover new places and to constantly learn more about diversity, ethics, and cultures. She speaks fluent French, Spanish and English. To be able to speak several languages has helped her a lot when traveling, and it has also made her more open-minded and aware of different cultures. Through traveling Cecilia has not only become a better person but has also learned how to adapt to any kind of environment and situation and to communicate with people from different backgrounds, countries and cultures.

In order to graduate and obtain her bachelor’s degree in International Management, Cecilia is required to go Study Abroad this upcoming Summer 2017.  She will be attending the “Business, Economics & Marketing in Panama” program and will spend 10 days in Panama. Cecilia has always been fascinated about the country of Panama, and is really excited to go there.  There, she will be talking to local business owners and people that have experience working internationally, so this will be a once in a life time learning experience for Cecilia and she is confident that it will help her for her future career.

We wish Cecilia all the best in Panama and hope that she will have a life changing experience there!

To check out Cecilia’s Mission and donate to her cause, click here!


Our 118th Abroad101 Student of the Week winner is Marissa Small-Towns who is a student-athlete at The College of Charleston pursuing a major in International business and a minor in spanish.

When not competing in track and field meets around the southeast, Marissa finds herself in the library, volunteering on behalf of her team and finding ways to enhance her Spanish speaking skills outside of the classroom.

Marissa is fundraising for a Maymester program in Seville, Spain. This program is through Spanish Studies Abroad. The program will provide 3 credits which are necessary to complete a Spanish minor, and it will also assist in completing the study abroad requirement for the International Business Major. In addition Marissa hopes to immerse herself into another culture, which will help her prepare for a career in International Business and Spanish. She believes that it is very important to practice speaking Spanish in another country and out of the classroom, because speaking with native speakers is an enriching experience and offers opportunities to learn about the culture, local customs and words and speech that you might not necessarily learn in the classroom.

To check out Marissa’s Mission and donate to her cause, click here!

 


Sashalee Rashford, our 119th Abroad101 Student of the Week winner, will be going to South Korea for the summer with ISA (International Studies Abroad)! As a music business major Sashalee feels that it is important to learn about the industries around the world and how they work in those specific areas. During the Fall semester her senior project involved researching the history of the music industry in Korea and over this past summer Sashalee began to teach herself the basics of the Korean language. As you can tell, Sashalee is taking this opportunity very seriously!

The funds that are raised for this summer program will go towards class tuition and excursions. Sashalee has been saving for this trip and working hard to obtain scholarships for the trip as well. It’s a worthy cause and we hope Sashalee is able to learn many things about the music business and South Korea this summer.

We wish her all the best in South Korea and hope that she will have a life changing experience there!

Learn more about Sashalee’s mission here.


The Abroad 101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Students of the Week!

Power and Language in Ecuador – Abroad101’s Cool Program of the Week

Gain a unique perspective on intercultural relationships with SIT in Ecuador. Take a deep look at the relationship between power and discourse as the country’s multilingual and multiethnic populations strive for social change and sustainability.

On this program, you will study power and politics in Ecuador and consider how these discussions are shaped through different discourses. Because power and ideology are reproduced and challenged through language, you will also explore how different stakeholders in Ecuador have used both Spanish and indigenous languages to instill, reinforce, subvert, and reinvent power relationships, both historically and today. The program thus combines a political and economic focus with an emphasis on discourse and language. You will leave with a highly sophisticated understanding of how this small, bio-diverse, and multi-ethnic country is thinking about development.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:

https://www.studyabroad101.com/programs/sit-study-abroad-euador-development-politics-and-languages

Montana’s glacier-carved mountains and valleys are the Abroad101 Cool Program of the Week!

Study Abroad in Montana! Landscape and Livelihood is a 16 credit field program that immerses students in the working landscapes of Western Montana where you’ll likely see more wildlife and natural beauty than in any foreign land. If the outdoors is your thing, make Montana your classroom and make some real cool connections and discoveries!

Montana’s glacier-carved mountains and valleys are home to a diverse suite of wildlife, the headwaters of North America, expansive forests and farm lands, and dispersed rural communities. Students come to study the complexities of natural resource management through experience. Classes include topics such as forests and communities, agriculture and sustainability, biogeography, watershed dynamics, and also a community conservation project.

Landscape and Likelihood develops practical and analytical conservation skills that you can take anywhere.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:

https://www.studyabroad101.com/programs/swan-valley-connections-cordon-landscape-and-livelihood

Abroad101 February 2017 Students of the Week

Abroad101 donates to study abroad fundraisers that are set up by hopeful students who want to study abroad. Working together with GoEnnounce we choose a student mission to be highlighted and then award a donation to start off the fundraising efforts. February 2017 students winners tell us about their coming study abroad trips to Spain, Costa Rica, Brazil and Northern Ireland.

Dylan Huegerich, our 111th Abroad101 Student of the Week winner is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin. He is a double major in Business and Spanish/Latin American Studies and also minors in International Business! Dylan’s future plan is International Marketing. To reach this goal, he would like to work with companies on marketing and business plans all over the world to create positive changes, such as body positive campaigns for instance.

Dylan is required to go on a Study Abroad program in order to graduate. He chose to go to Spain to do a part-time, month-long program at la Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao. He has wanted to travel for a very long time and he is very grateful to have this amazing opportunity because not only will he be able to graduate, but he’ll also be able to continuing his Business education and improving his Spanish language skills while learning more about the culture and the value that this country has to offer.

We wish Dylan all the best in Spain and hope that he will have a life changing experience there!

Learn more about Dylan’s mission here.


Congratulations goes to our 112th Abroad101 Student of the Week winner, Rachel Cummings! Rachel, a junior at the University of Louisville in Kentucky is majoring in Public Health, a subject that she is fascinated about. In addition to her major Rachel is also minoring in Global Public Health. She is a dedicated student and believes that you should always take the opportunities that are given to you.

Rachel will Study Abroad in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, at the Veritas University.  This Study Abroad program will be a five week trip and include a homestay. As a Public Health major, Rachel believes that it is very important to know a foreign language because a lot of public health work is done overseas. She thinks that to get an education in both Spanish and Global Health will be incredibly useful, and will give her a comparative advantage for her future career!

Rachel started her fundraising Mission and will use the funds to pay for the tuition abroad and the travel costs.

To check out Rachel’s Mission and donate to her cause, click here!


Grace W, is our 113th Abroad101 Student of the Week winner! Currently pursuing her master degree in Public Health at Georgia State University, in Atlanta, she is a people person and really enjoys helping others. Even though Grace has always wanted to, she never had the chance to study abroad during her undergraduate studies, and she always regretted it. However, now there is the unique chance to go Study Abroad in Brazil with her Master’s program.

Grace understands that as a Public Health major she needs to be informed and exposed to current public health issues from a global perspective and this trip to the city of Salvador will provide her with the unique chance of gaining academic and professional knowledge . Health issues are a global phenomena, therefore, health issues that affect others indirectly affect everybody else too. By getting a global exposure, she believes that she will be able to better serve her community in the long term.

We wish Grace all the best in Brazil and hope that she will have a life changing experience there!

To check out Grace’s Mission and donate to her cause, click here!


And our last, but not least, February 114th Abroad101 Student of the Week winner is Tiffany Rogers who graduated in May 2016 from UGA with a Bachelor Degree in social work. She is currently pursuing her Master Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Empowerment and Program Development at the University of Georgia.

Tiffany has received many honors including the Dean’s List and the President’s List during her 4th year. She also succeeded in accomplishing volunteer work, extracurricular activities, a number of several clubs and societies and still managed to keep an impressive 3.9 GPA. Tiffany is driven by the purpose of making a positive difference in this world. She wants to help people, inspire them, she wants to have an impact and leave a legacy. With this in mind she has chosen to Study Abroad in Northern Ireland for a unique program learning about the historical roots of the three-decade long conflict called the Troubles.

Tiffany likes to plan ahead of time and therefore, she will most likely be working as a master’s practicing social worker when she comes back from her trip. Her long term goal is to be working with community agencies that work to help strengthen communities.

To check out Tiffany’s Mission and donate to her cause, click here!

 

The Abroad 101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Students of the Week!

Abroad101 January 2017 Students of the Week

 

Abroad101 donates to study abroad fundraisers that are set up by hopeful students who want to study abroad. Working together with GoEnnounce we choose a student mission to be highlighted and then award a donation to start off the fundraising efforts. January 2017 students winners tell us about their coming study abroad trips to Spain and London.
Diamond Madison, is our 108th Abroad101 Student of the Week winner! She is currently a sociology major at Elizabeth City State University.  In addition to her involvement in school activities, extracurriculars and community service, Diamond contributes her time to many clubs and societies, including the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and Uniting Black Colleges and Universities (UBCU). She has also received a scholarship from the Creative Corrections Education Foundation.

Diamond will be studying abroad in Barcelona with EF College Study Tours from the 10th to the 16th of March 2017. She studied Spanish for three years in high school and is very much looking forward to immersing herself further into the Spanish culture. During her trip, she will be visiting Las Ramblas, La Padrera, Barrio Gotico and many more exciting locations.

Traveling abroad can be expensive, so Diamond has created a GoEnnounce Mission for her trip. Donations will be used to pay for meals, passport and traveling expenses. We wish Diamond all the best in Barcelona and hope that she will have a life changing experience there!

To check out Diamond’s Mission and donate to her cause, click here!

 

Congratulations to Ashley Terry, our 109th Abroad101 Student of the Week winner! Currently a college freshman at Western Kentucky University, majoring in advertising and minoring in business with a concentration in non-profit work, Ashley hopes to eventually work for a non-profit organization.

This study abroad program will take place in London through The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA).  During her trip, she will stay in the Southwark area of London and study with faculty and students from other CCSA-member schools at the University of London King’s College Waterloo Campus.

Weekend excursions will include visits to Stonehenge, Edinburg, Salisbury and Alnwick Castle . Ashley will have the opportunity to appreciate European architecture, food and the many different art forms.

Ashley cannot wait to study abroad in London! She has created a Mission on GoEnnounce.com for her trip. She will use the donations to pay for her meals, books, course materials and traveling expenses.

We wish Ashley all the best in London and hope that she will have a life changing experience there!

To check out Ashley’s Mission and donate to her cause, click here!

 

The 110th Abroad101 Student of the Week winner is Douglas Sloan! Douglas, a senior at Augusta University in Georgia, aspires to become a physician. Once he graduates, his plan is to enter a medical school, with a goal to someday practice in the rural regions of the United States. As he is minoring in Spanish, he hopes to be able to use his foreign language skills to help people.

To reach his goal, Douglas decided to go study abroad in Spain.  He believes that it is a unique and amazing opportunity to be able to go study abroad, not only because he’ll be able to fully experience a different culture and environment, but also because it is going to help him understand better the fundamentals of the Spanish language.

We wish Douglas all the best in Spain and hope that he will have a life changing experience there!

To check out Douglas’ Mission and donate to his cause, click here!

 

The Abroad 101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Students of the Week!

5 Online Jobs You Can Do from Anywhere

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If you’re thinking about studying abroad, you may be worried about saving enough cash to make it to the end of the semester. Let’s face it, no one wants to spend their evenings inside their apartment eating noodles from a cup when they should be enjoying the local cuisine.

While some countries may allow you to work part-time legally, it can be hard to find a job that fits in with your study and provides a regular source of income. The last thing you want is to commit to regular hours and miss out on spontaneous student events, or not have enough time to study for exams. So if you want to find work that fits in with your schedule (not the other way around), check out these 5 online jobs you can do from anywhere:

  1. Designer

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Pretty much everyone has a blog these days and if you don’t have the money to create your own webpage just yet, you can start off with a simple WordPress blog or Facebook page. With the continued rise in internet subscriptions and smartphone users, the need for websites and apps has never been higher.

Which means that a good designer will never be without work. You can decide to specialize in websites, mobile apps, or graphic design and work the hours with the clients that suit you.

How much you’ll make as a freelance designer depends on how much work you’re willing to put in. You may need to make an investment in time to start off with, while you improve your skills and study the market.

The Catch?

You have to know about design. At least the basics, which means brushing up on some courses before you go. Try learning about basic design and how to make simple WordPress sites for free on YouTube, or pay for an inexpensive course on a site like teachable or udemy.com.

 

  1. Translator

chalkboardBeing in a foreign country doesn’t make you fluent in the language. And being fluent in the language doesn’t make you a translator. But if you have language proficiency and time on your hands, you don’t always need a fancy qualification to translate for certain projects.

The more experience you have, the more you can charge and you’re qualified, you can apply to sites like Day Translations and forums, such as Translators Café. What’s the best thing about working as a freelance translator? You get to practice your language skills every day, while studying in the country of your choice.

The Catch?

You need to be fluent in two languages minimum and have a natural ability to translate. Not everyone has this gift – translating can be hard – but if you want to give it a try, there are plenty of companies crying out for this necessary service.

 

  1. Writer

computerIf you have a romantic image of writers, sitting down scribbling away in a book, then erase that from your brain if you want to make money. Writing tends to be undervalued and underpaid. It can be very hard to get clients when you’re first starting out and don’t have any published work to show.

But if you’re serious about writing, sit down and come up with a few articles that you think will be of interest for the sites that you like reading. Perhaps you can relate them to your area of study, or working and learning abroad. A lot of sites will take well-written posts and publish them. Not many will pay you, but you’ll get the benefit of your name in print and be able to show examples to future clients.

The Catch?

Not very well paid to start out with and you’ll need to write well, but also learn to write quickly. If you’re getting paid $15 an article and it takes you 5 hours, you’re not going to make much extra.

 

  1. Programmer

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Hand in hand with designers, programmers are always in demand these days. Especially good ones, so the more time you can dedicate to improving your skills and extending your portfolio of programming languages, the better.

While you don’t necessarily have to have a degree in computer science to be a freelance programmer, if you want to work with larger companies, you’ll be competing with people who do. But to kick-start your efforts at making part time money, try taking a course online and signing up to GitHub for peer support and advice.

The Catch?

You need a certain type of personality to be a programmer and not everyone has the patience. It can be quite stressful when people rely on you to make sure that their site functions correctly.

  1. English Teacher

englishTeaching English will always be in high-demand, even if you’re in an English-speaking country, thanks to the rise in immigration. As the rest of the world tries to keep up with digitalization and globalization, everyone wants to learn English.

You don’t even have to do this face-to-face anymore or stand in classroom in front of a group of students. There are a bunch of companies offering English teaching online and you can teach per hour from the comfort of your apartment.

The Catch?

You’re not going to be a millionaire teaching English online, but it’s a relatively easy way of making sure you have enough money not to miss out on anything fun. Some companies require a university degree or TEFL course, so you may not be able to apply to all positions.

 

The Takeaway

Studying abroad can be the best experience of your life and enrich your future in so many ways. But running out of money and having to pass up on festival, concert, or outing can be frustrating.

With minimal effort, you can hone your skills, whether you like to write, speak languages, or are more tech savvy. Then you can use this knowledge to make money online from anywhere in the world. No visas, no commitment, just you and your computer managing your schedule.

 

Author Bio:

sean-hopwoodSean Hopwood, MBA is founder and President of Day Translations, Inc., an online certified translation services provider, dedicated to the improvement of global communications. By helping both corporations and the individual, Day Translations provides a necessary service at the same time as developing opportunities for greater sympathy and understanding worldwide.

 

Studying Abroad Online vs Classroom Education

 

Plenty of wise men throughout the years have stated that true education is a never-ending process. Whether you aim to maximize your income prospects or if you simply want to know more about the world we live in, there can be no doubt that furthering your education is one of the best roads you can take in life.  Combining travel and studies has been show to provide a powerful combination of experiences and give students not only a memorable experience, it is often referred to as life changing. Not too many college alumni will say a campus-based Chemistry class was life-changing, but if that course was taken while the student was overseas, then wow!

Whereas once upon a time the only way to earn college credit was by physically attending a place of learning, nowadays the online revolution has swept up the educational system as well. In fact, in this day and age you can even study abroad online, as many top schools throughout the world allow students of all nationalities to earn prestigious degrees without ever setting foot in a classroom.  If you have the discipline to balance both study and travel, then you might want to create your own personal hybrid program and take online courses while you trek.

 

Cost

In most parts of the world, getting a good education isn’t cheap. With skyrocketing tuition costs and relatively meager employment prospects for recent grads, it’s fair to wonder if higher education is actually worth the investment. Additionally, going the traditional route will also lead to incurring substantial fees for room and board, plus all the extra costs related to moving to another country. Opting for an online education tends to be comparatively cheaper overall, especially when it comes to schools that focus solely on long distance learning and have lower overhead costs as a result.

Accessibility

A significant part of the traditional college experience is related to the idea of going away to another part of the country or the world, where new people and experiences await. While this kind of thing can undoubtedly seem exciting when you’re young, for people who already have to balance familial obligations and maybe even a full-time job with their educational goals, it often is a bridge too far. Online education comes with the possibility of handling coursework right from the comforts of your home, which doesn’t require any commute time at all. But some online education providers also offer the possibility of traveling to their respective learning facilities on short-term internships, thus giving prospective students the chance to broaden their cultural horizons as well.

Experience

The feeling of being in a classroom surrounded by your peers is something that’s treasured by many, and it’s a big part of why traditional education is still the norm all over the world. But online education has also come a long way from its humble beginnings, with schools now boasting cutting edge online platforms replete with videoconferencing options and personalized mentors. Of course, not actually being in a classroom means you can self-regulate study pace, thus allowing you to complete a course on your own schedule, with dedicated teachers just a click away to provide support whenever you need it.

Course accreditation

By receiving accreditation conferred to it by a respected external body, an institute of learning receives an official seal of approval that certifies its tional programs. In most countries, this kind of quality assurance is provided by a government organization, and can be of great importance when looking for employment later on. In this regard online schools have traditionally lagged behind their competition, but nowadays a simple online search is all you need to find out if the program you’re thinking about applying for is accredited or not.

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Overall effectiveness

Probably the most important thing about earning a diploma is its inherent value in finding a great job. To that end, it can be useful to check the track record of all your prospective schools and see what their post-graduate employment levels look like. If you’re looking for immediate employment, you’ll often find that online institutions tend to focus more on teaching you job-ready skills in growing industries such as Accounting or Workplace Health and Safety than traditional learning facilities. Additionally, reputable institutions will also have a dedicated network of alumni, whom you can contact to learn more about how they benefited from attending their respective schools.

 

It’s clear to see that studying abroad online offers all the benefits typically associated with traditional classroom education, while also being considerably cheaper and more accessible. It may not be for everyone, as some people will likely miss the feeling of being in a real classroom, but for those who enjoy its myriad perks, online education can be a real game-changer.

 

Confirm the Quality

Before you make your final choice it is important to confirm you plans with an advisor to make sure your plans are in synch with your educational goals.  For those earned academic credits to help you in your career, you do want to make sure they are credible, recognized and applicable.

5 Reasons to Intern Abroad in Cuba

Capitolio building Havana, Cuba with vintage old american cars

Capitolio building in Havana, Cuba with vintage American cars

With the historic visit of President Barack Obama, along with numerous other celebrities who have flocked to the “Pearl of the Carribbean”, -including The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and the Kardashians, to name a few,- Cuba is a trendy place to be. Here’s why you, too, should consider not only a visit, but an internship abroad on the beautiful island.

  1. Take advantage of the historic moment

After over 50 years, commercial flights from the U.S. to Cuba have started again just this year, as The New York Times reports here. There’s no Starbucks on every corner (yet) and no McDonald’s either (also yet).

For some fields, such as journalism, this is a particularly exciting time to report on Cuba. By completing a journalism internship abroad in Cuba, you can get a head-start on your future career, and return home with a portfolio of published work about a country that is continually in the news.

  1. Boost your CV with a great adventure

    TRINIDAD CUBA - SEPTEMBER 12 2015: Cienfuegos is a charming waterfront city situated on the bay of the same name.

    On the way to Trinidad, Cuba, a UNESCO World Heritage city

An internship abroad will boost your CV and increase your chances of getting hired, as a recent IES study reports. Combine that with a great adventure, traveling to a country that has

been off limits to the general U.S. population for such a long time. Those who have visited Cuba will be able to tell you it is like traveling back in time; cowboys, horses, carriages and more still abound in colonial cities like Trinidad.

  1. Gain international experience and improve your Spanish

Interning abroad in Cuba is not the same an interning back in the U.S. An article in Entrepreneur.com reported that “the average internship at home doesn’t even begin to compare to living in a foreign city, learning new things and enjoying cultural differences while gaining invaluable career experience.”

International experience can give you a head-start when it comes to future job applications. In upcoming interviews, you can cite examples of the cross-cultural communication skills you acquired when collaborating with the locals, which is particularly useful in career fields such as non-profits, international agencies, and can even come in handy at bilingual law firms, which brings us to the next point.

  1. Improve your Spanish skills
    Portrait of cuban woman in Havana, Cuba

    Portrait of a Cuban woman in Havana, Cuba

    Spanish is more and more widespread in the U.S., and in some jobs, a requirement. We particularly recommend staying at “casas particulares”, meaning family-owned homes, throughout Cuba. Here, you will have a Cuban family at your disposal at all times, allowing you to gain insight into their local culture, and helping your practice your language skills. Many of them are keen to learn English, so you could even do an “intercambio,” meaning that you speak to them in English for 30 minutes, for example, and then they speak to you in Spanish for another 30 minutes. Be curious and ask lots of questions!

  1. Experience the local Cuban lifestyle and landscapes
Camaguey Cuba old town listed on UNESCO World Heritage

Camagüey, Cuba, another UNESCO World Heritage Site

Beautiful white cabriolet vintage car before the beach in Varadero Cuba

Beautiful white cabriolet vintage car at the beach in Cuba

Cuban people are some of the friendliest in the world, as many tourists will tell you. Here’s just a few ideas for what else you could be doing in your free time in Cuba. Some internship programs, such as those we run at RGNN Academy, include many of these directly in the program:

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Cienfuegos, Camagüey and Trinidad
  • Trace the footsteps of Hemingway in the capital Havana
  • Lay on the crystal clear beaches
  • Travel through the Viñales Valley to explore sugar and tobacco plantations
  • Try your hand at Cuban salsa and listen to Cuban music
  • Come watch a Cuban baseball game
  • Check out the classic cars in Havana and all across the island

Don’t miss this unique momento to intern abroad in Cuba! You won’t regret it!

 

About the author

Andoni Bengoechea Puigvert is the International Programs Coordinator at ROOSTERGNN Global News Network and ROOSTERGNN Academy, where he supervises the Travel Journalism & Photography Internship Seminars in Madrid, Spain and Cuba (http://rgnn.org/academy/). Connect with him on RGNN’s social media profiles: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram, or sign up for the RGNN Newsletter.