Summer Volunteer Programs 2016 – Volunteer Abroad #discount #travel #insurance

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Summer Volunteer Travel Programs Abroad 2016

Take part in the exciting Summer Volunteer Abroad Programs 2016 with Volunteering Solutions. We offer a wide variety of specialized volunteer and travel programs during the Summers across different program locations. These Summer Special programs are available in India, Thailand, Nepal, Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania wherein volunteers get a wonderful opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture, volunteer in the project, explore and travel across the host country. Taking up Summer Volunteer Projects is an awesome and different way to spend summers traveling and doing something meaningful.

Our Summer programs in different destinations are tailor made to capture the best of the destination. In summer volunteer abroad program in Ghana, volunteers contribute in teaching kids and community development projects and also get to explore the different picturesque sights of Northern Ghana on weekends. In Thailand, volunteers who have enrolled in the Summer Volunteer and Adventure Program take part in a 3 week fun filled volunteer and adventure trip and get to travel across different parts of the country. Similarly, In India, Tanzania, South Africa and Nepal Summer programs, volunteering coupled with extensive traveling is provided for a memorable experience abroad. Our programs prove to be the best summer placements for students who want to spend their time travelling and volunteering abroad during the summer. Read Volunteering Soutions reviews to get insight about it from past volunteers.

The Summer Special Programs have fixed start dates. While most of the programs are for a duration of 3 weeks, some projects spanning 2 weeks are also available. Gappers and Schoolies are also welcome to choose from our ensuite of international volunteer programs in any country of their choice during summers, as all these programs run throughout the year.





01/12/2017

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Volunteer Abroad, International Volunteer #best #vacation #deals

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Be The Change in The World: Volunteer Abroad

Real Change. Serious Development. You can create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world’s children on community-led projects with Global Volunteers. Join a team of short-term volunteers providing essential resources in homes, classrooms, clinics and hospitals, orphanages, childcare and community centers, libraries, government offices, farm fields, and more. Share your skills and exceed your own expectations – helping children and families reach their greatest potential.

Support the Cuban People. Global Volunteers’ Cuba service program combines the best of volunteerism and people-to-people activities. You’re invited to engage in humanitarian projects, participate in meaningful educational exchanges, and enjoy Cuban culture and hospitality – all in two weeks. Download brochure.

“Global Volunteers has what are regarded

as the best programs in the field.”

– Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Our international and USA service programs are scheduled year-round to meet community needs. Work projects focusing on teaching, childcare and labor offer families, groups and individuals meaningful service options. Our volunteer coordinators will work with you to choose a date, project and country to fulfill your volunteering goals.

“Granddaddy of the volunteer vacation movement.”

“A model that has been replicated worldwide.”

Working hand-in-hand with local people since 1984, Global Volunteers is a long-standing NGO leader in special Consultative Status with the United Nations. and in partnership with UNICEF and the Food and Agriculture Organization.





24/11/2017

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10 Things You Should Never Wear When Traveling Abroad #book #airline

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Dressing appropriately while abroad not only helps you fit in with locals and receive friendlier service, but it also protects you from standing out to pickpockets. When in doubt, look at what the locals are wearing. “The best thing a traveler can do is go to a local clothing store and buy a couple of outfits — then no one will ever mistake you for a tourist,” says travel expert John E. DiScala (a k a Johnny Jet). Plus, your new wardrobe additions make great souvenirs.

Beyond watching what you wear, there are a few other things you can do to make yourself look like less of a traveler. For one, look like you know what you’re doing and where you’re going, even if you have to fake it. “Standing in the middle of the block looking confused — or worse, unfolding a map — calls you out as a tourist,” notes Matthew Reames, who traveled extensively through Europe a few years ago. “[Instead], pop into a coffee shop or something like that to give yourself time to pause and get your bearings.”

Be wary of hand gestures, both making them and wearing clothing depicting them, because these can have different meanings depending on where you are. In Bangladesh, for example, the “thumbs up” gesture is considered obscene. Since you may never know what certain images suggest in another country, avoid them to keep from offending anyone. Visit Guide.CultureCrossing.net to read up on common local gestures and taboos.

Sometimes even more important than how we look is what we sound like. Many Americans can be readily identified by their loud (and often complaining) voices. Keep your sound level low and your speech polite, though this suggestion can certainly be applied to travel anywhere, even within your own home town.

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16/11/2017

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Working for a Holiday Travel Company – Working Abroad Magazine #southall

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Working for a Holiday Travel Company

The best way to prepare for life as a holiday rep is to have some idea of their workplace which is why many reps have holidayed with their employers before as tourists.

Jack Kimber works as a Youth Rep for 2wentys in the Crete resort of Malia he was inspired to apply for the job after going on holiday with them. He said: I applied for a job when I got home I have always wanted to work abroad and I love partying. 2wenty s application process is quite simple: after applying, Jack attended an interview and had a weeks training before flying out to his resort at the start of the summer season.

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He loves his job, and is quick to sing its praises: It s the best job in the world a once in a lifetime opportunity! I spend my days looking after the young people who come on our holidays and organising excursions, and it s very social as you spend all day and night with the guests.

Daily flexibility is vital: it is not unusual to stay up until 5am seeing customers safely on their plane home, only to be needed at 10.30am welcome meetings for new guests. This grueling schedule makes days off a chance to relax. Jack said: We can get very tired sometimes, so spend most of our time off sleeping or chilling out, but with one and a half days off a week we could do sightseeing.

The unique demands of catering for adults under 30 make the role of Youth Rep both rewarding and challenging: The best bit is getting to meet loads of new people and entertaining all the guests. The worst parts are the long hours, late night airport pick-ups and drop-offs and being really tired.

Luckily, staff perks compensate the low basic wage : free accommodation and transport, as well as the opportunities for good bonuses and commission.

But the social side of the job does not only apply to the resort reps and guests can keep in touch after a season ends via the social networking site 2wentysworld.co.uk, reliving the good times, organising reunions and planning out next year s holidays. Youth Rep is rarely a job for life and most reps see it as casual employment, but it is possible forge a career with the company if you are determined.

Outdoorsy types might prefer campsites to hotels. Jim Rideout joined Canvas Holidays as a Camp Courier in 2005 after hearing about vacancies during his holiday. The role is similar to a holiday rep as your main concern is customer care, such as meeting and greeting, visiting them regularly, providing local area information and reception duties. You are also responsible for cleaning accommodation between customers and basic maintenance and administrative work on the site. The camping season runs from March to October and Canvas have sites in nine European countries including France, Italy, Holland and Sardinia.

At season bookends, teams of couriers are involved in montage – setting up campsites at the beginning of the season, and cleaning and preparing tents and mobile homes for the first customers. Demontage means getting the sites ready for winter by emptying and disassembling tents and storing equipment over the closed season.

Camp Couriers usually start at 9am, staffing reception for the first half an hour or start cleaning straightaway.  Cleaning can last up to five hours depending on how many customers arrive. If you are on arrivals duty you must meet and greet customers between 4pm and 8pm, and in the evening you visit customers to see if they need anything. Night shifts are occasionally necessary but this does not involve staying up all hours just being the first point of contact for any customer in trouble.

Canvas employs workers of all ages for a minimum of six weeks, and Camp Couriers can work alone or in pairs, making it ideal for a couple who want to work abroad together. Jim said: My wife and I intended applying after retiring but we decided I should try it on my own first. I wouldn t have missed my two seasons for anything it was an experience never to be forgotten.

Wannabe Camp Couriers can contact Canvas through their website www.canvasholidays.co.uk/about-us/recruitment-873-0.aspx/ and successful applicants are invited to a group interview. You must be over 18, with a UK bank account and national insurance number. Any previous customer service or travel industry experience is useful and language skills are definitely a bonus. Accommodation (a tent or mobile home), equipment, gas and electricity are all provided so your wages only need to pay for food and leisure. You get one day off per week plus an extra day off each month, so there is plenty of time to explore the surrounding countryside.

Jim said: The best things are making new friends, meeting and getting to know customers, being abroad and learning a new language, or improving existing language skills. If you enjoy cleaning there s plenty of opportunity for fulfillment!

The downsides are coping with customer complaints outside your control and the European heat!

Again, the roles are seasonal and some people return every year, working the winter ski season in between. Jim, who now works in Site Operations for Canvas, said: People do make a career of it and Canvas Holidays is always happy to promote people who make the grade within the company either to more senior courier positions (ultimately to Area Manager) or to head office.

Holiday reps are usually employed in short-haul package holiday resorts, but it is possible to work in long-haul destinations too. Kuoni specialises in exotic, luxurious and activity holidays and although most reps are employed locally, they have a small team of British Overseas Travel Reps too.

Because the resorts are long haul, potential reps need to be experienced at working alone and away from their families for a long time. Jemma Purvis, Kuoni s PR Assistant, said: At Kuoni we pride ourselves in customer service, and look for applicants that portray a professional image, whilst taking care of our clients needs. Resorts are often in remote locations and reps need to demonstrate the ability to think on their feet, respond to problems quickly and effectively. They will be required to make informed decisions based on their own initiative. Sales experience is beneficial, and someone that has lived away from home before is also desirable.

Kuoni recruits in January and February and reps are employed seasonally but tend to stay for several years so there is a low staff turnover. As a result, they accept CVs throughout the year and keep candidates on file for when a vacancy arises. The summer season lasts between four and six months depending on country and the winter season is split into two three-month blocks. Reps choose to work one of these blocks and have the other three months as holiday.

Overseas Travel Reps have similar tasks to all holiday reps they are the first point of contact for their customers. Meeting and greeting, welcome meetings, assisting with enquiries, airport duties and transfers, problem solving and checking bookings with agents and hoteliers are everyday responsibilities, as well as dealing with emergencies and crises as they happen.

You would be on call constantly with this job, but arrange your own time off around arrivals. As you would expect, accommodation is provided, but with Kuoni so is food, flights and visas! Reps attend a week long training course in the UK then two weeks training at their destination, as well as regular sessions throughout the season. Working for Kuoni is not suitable for inexperienced applicants, but seasoned reps who want to see the world could thrive on new challenges.

Jemma said: I would recommend the experience of being a representative overseas to anyone that enjoys being around people and wants to make a difference to our clients overall holiday experience. You will meet some wonderful people, visit some fantastic destinations, and really open your eyes to the world.

Using holiday rep work as a stepping-stone is a great way to build up contacts and experience for a long-term career. As it is easy to burn out after an exhausting few seasons, many reps move into less hectic roles. This does not mean returning to Britain for a desk job far from it. As we have seen, skilled reps are eligible for more demanding and responsible roles further afield. Resort management or PR roles abroad need experienced applicants to fill them, and a few seasons repping gives you an edge over others.

Alternatively, UK-based head office jobs are often filled by ex-reps who want a stable lifestyle, so the choice is yours. One thing is for certain in a role renowned for its long hours and repetitive schedules, no two days will be the same!

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15/11/2017

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Volunteer Abroad #military #travel #discounts

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Volunteer, Gap Year Responsible Travel

Don’t just travel as a tourist – with Kaya Responsible Travel experience the real world and make a difference. Kaya gives you the opportunity to volunteer abroad . learn a language abroad . gain valuable work experience overseas, or take a gap year.

Volunteer in Central and South America . Africa or Asia- Pacific on a wide range of sustainable projects. We have projects that suit both skilled and unskilled volunteers and we cater for many different types of people: individual volunteers . family volunteers . all kinds of group volunteers including social groups . corporate groups . school groups and university groups . Also, if you are travelling as a couple, you might want to check out our honeymoon volunteer projects – you don’t have to be on your honeymoon to enjoy the benefits these projects have to offer!

You can get involved in environmental and conservation research . building projects . teaching and education . wildlife conservation . community development . child care and sports coaching . Check out our excellent medical and health placements . for those with experience or studying medicine or a related health science.

With over 150 volunteer projects and work experience opportunities in over 26 countries, Kaya can offer you a world of choice to make a difference!





15/11/2017

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Travelling Abroad – Service Canada #find #airline #tickets

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Travelling Abroad

From travelling to new and exciting areas, to just escaping a cold Canadian winter, travelling is a rewarding experience. The following will help you prepare for your trip.

Apply for a Passport

The Passport Canada website provides detailed information about the passport application process. If you are a Canadian 16 years of age or older, you submit an application in person.

Note: As of January 31, 2008, all travellers, including Canadians and Americans, need to carry an appropriate secure document when travelling to or through the United States. For more information, visit the Canadian Border Services Agency s website.

If you have dual citizenship. it may be best to travel with your Canadian passport. Some countries do not recognize dual citizenship, and in some instances your second passport may be confiscated, you may be fined, or you may even be prevented from leaving the country.

If you are a permanent resident and thinking of travelling outside Canada, you will need a valid Permanent Resident Card to return to Canada.

Research the Country You are Planning to Visit

Consult the Country Travel Reports & Warnings before your departure to find out about safety and security conditions, health questions and entry requirements for the country or countries you are planning to visit. The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada publishes reports for over 200 destinations around the world.

Apply for a Visa

Some countries require you to have a tourist visa for visits of less than three months. Apply well in advance if this is the case.

Research Required Vaccinations

The Public Health Agency of Canada provides information for travellers about travel health notices and recommended vaccinations to get before you leave Canada. The Agency also provides a list of travel clinics across Canada.

Obtain Health and Travel Insurance

The Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website provides information about obtaining health insurance for your trip abroad. It also provides information on what to do if you require medical assistance while travelling outside Canada.

Take Precautions When Travelling with Children

It is important that you have documentation proving that you have either custody of the child or parental permission to travel with the child. The Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website provides information about regulations and conditions that may affect your trip if you travel with a child .

Apply for an International Driving Permit

The International Driving Permit (IDP ) is a special licence for tourists, authorised by a UN treaty among nations of the world, for the purpose of allowing motorists to drive vehicles in international traffic without further tests or applications.

The following requirements must be met and the following documents must be provided to apply for the permit:

  • the applicant must be 18 years of age or older
  • valid Canadian provincial or territorial driver s licence
  • 2 passport type photographs
  • fee payment of $15.00 CAN
  • complete and sign the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA ) IDP application form

Change Your Currency

Foreign travel is often more expensive than most people plan for. The Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website provides some information about Financial Assistance abroad.

You can also use the Bank of Canada Exchange Rate Calculator to help you plan for your trip.

Review Pre-boarding Information

To make air travel more secure, stricter screening procedures are increasingly common. the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website provides pre-boarding information and advice to help you avoid delays and problems during boarding.

Register with the Government If You Are Travelling Abroad

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada offers a registration service for Canadians who will be living in a foreign country for three months or more, as well as for Canadians who will be visiting areas with a potential for problems. It is recommended that you register at the nearest Canadian government office abroad. You can also register online, by mail or in person .

Declare Your Goods

The Be Aware and Declare! website provides some important information about the types of goods you can bring back to Canada. Make sure you are aware of what items you need to declare upon re-entry to Canada.





14/11/2017

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Simpson Travel – Holiday Companies (Abroad) #travel #soon

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Simpson Travel

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Family holidays are incredibly important – if the children are happy, everyone is happy. At Simpson Travel, we believe in treating you as an individual, helping you find the holiday that best suits the requirements of your family.

Service, knowledge and the ability to listen to our clients is our mantra. Simpson Travel prefers quality to quantity, and to work in harmony with local communities, respecting their culture, traditions and environment.

We offer four family-friendly destinations in the Mediterranean. Enjoy the comforts of your own private villa with those who matter the most in Greece, Turkey, Corsica or Mallorca, or discover our unique Periyali Crèche & Children’s Club in Zakynthos (photos above).

With on-site childcare, Periyali offers parents the chance to unwind, safe in the knowledge that their children are having an equally great time.

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Simpson Travel’s Mediterranean season runs between March and October. For more information on our holidays, please visit our website or contact one of our friendly sales consultants.

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08/11/2017

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Gap Year Travel, Gap Year Programs, Volunteer Work Abroad #vacation #packages

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How long do you want to stay?

Oyster Worldwide is a well-regarded gap year travel and responsible travel specialist.

Many of our projects were founded in 1999 and have been nurtured and supported by us ever since. We are known for giving you the opportunity to make a genuine contribution to your chosen project and for the first class support you receive.

Oyster’s wide range of gap year programmes, career break projects and volunteering breaks allow you to get under the skin of a country and to do something worthwhile whilst you are there.

From paid gap year jobs to worldwide volunteering opportunities, we have something for you. With projects from just one week up to a full year, there is huge scope for being able to do something amazing with the time that you have.

It’s fun too, making lifelong friendships and returning home with a fresh outlook on the world and where you come from. If you want to feel you are part of local life rather than a tourist passing through, we would love to hear from you to tell you all about our great short term and gap year opportunities.





23/09/2017

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Canadian Business College – Colleges in Toronto #canadian #business #college, #canadian


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Why Choose Us?

Canadian Business College offers students a well-balanced college experience. We are nimble enough to honour your individual needs while our 20+ years of experience provides exceptional training that will help you achieve your career and life goals. At Canadian Business College, we get to know you and celebrate your successes. Then, we help you turn those successes into a fulfilling career. Read more.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Enrolling at Canadian Business College ensures you will benefit from a supportive learning environment with faculty, staff and peers all committed to your success. We strive to help maximize your potential and encourage you to bring your very best to the classroom each and every day. Read what current students are saying about their decision to pursue their education and career goals at Canadian Business College. Read more.

EXPERIENCED FACULTY

Canadian Business College diploma programs are taught by experienced instructors who specialize in their unique areas of expertise. Our faculty works diligently to pass on their real-world knowledge, skills and experience to students. The skill-based format of our programs, in combination with this real-world experience, provides students with a unique and invaluable learning environment. Meet just some of our highlighted faculty members! Read more

STUDENT CAREER SERVICES

Canadian Business College s Student and Career Services team helps connect the knowledge, skills and training that you acquire over the course of your studies to meaningful jobs and careers once you graduate. Our top priority is to facilitate relationships between you and the businesses, organizations and industries where you will work and further develop your skills. Read more


07/09/2017

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Doing Business Abroad? CDC Helps You Travel Safe and Smart #airfare

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Doing Business Abroad? CDC Helps You Travel Safe and Smart

DOING BUSINESS ABROAD? CDC HELPS YOU TRAVEL SAFE AND SMART

For many businesses, international travel plays a critical role in the success of the organization. But with millions of Americans traveling internationally for work, the direct and indirect costs of business travel-related illnesses and injuries can be significant. Beyond health care expenses, there may be costs for evacuation, trip cancellation and rebooking fees, as well as lost productivity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers comprehensive travelers’ health information and advice that help protect U.S. citizens and businesses from diseases and other health risks abroad. In addition to delivering a wide variety of travel resources—including destination-specific information and mobile apps—CDC also works with global partners to prevent avoidable catastrophes, detect and communicate threats early and mobilize effective responses to contain outbreaks, especially those that can spread rapidly through travel.

For example, diseases like MERS and measles can travel as fast as a plane can fly. Malaria is easily spread through mosquito bites in affected areas. Food and water contaminants can lead to prolonged illness. And road-related crashes are the number-one killer of healthy international travelers.

In today’s interconnected economy, travel is an essential part of doing business. In this issue of Business Pulse, you’ll learn from CDC about how to prepare for various health risks and benefit from productive, healthy business activities abroad.





05/09/2017

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International Holiday Tour Packages from India – Travel abroad with #cheap

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International Holidays

A holiday in a foreign land is an everlasting memory. Who does not harbour the wish to visit a foreign land, get a chance to acquaint with the people, learn about their past, appreciate their culture and wonder at the natural and manmade creations. International holidays are no longer things to be dreamt about but to be embarked upon.

We, at Yatra.com, bring you the best deals on standard as well as tailor-made tours, covering almost all parts of this planet, permitting you to actualise your dream of visiting any destination around the globe. Check out this city-wise organized directory to find the various associated international holiday packages and realise your long held dream of an international vacation.

Everyone dreams to see the world and why not, it has so much to offer. There is always something that waits to be explored, whether it is the ultramodern cities of the US, golden sand dunes of the Sahara Desert or the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. If you have been thinking about going to a foreign land to learn and explore different cultures and landforms, then wait no longer.

Yatra.com offers numerous standard and customised international tour packages that will surely suit you. Not just transfers, you are also provided with comfortable accommodation as well as guided sightseeing opportunities so that you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest. Whether planning a trip to Europe, Australia, Africa or the Americas, world tour packages from India will take you to the destination of your choice.

A great thing about these international tour packages from India is that you can choose from different itineraries. Some last for a few days, and others well over 2 weeks; just pick the deal that suits you the best and embark on a journey which will give you everlasting memories. We have prepared a comprehensive directory for you, scroll through it and you will surely stumble upon the destination that has been tempting you for long.





26/08/2017

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Summer Volunteer Programs 2016 – Volunteer Abroad #cancun #travel

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Summer Volunteer Travel Programs Abroad 2016

Take part in the exciting Summer Volunteer Abroad Programs 2016 with Volunteering Solutions. We offer a wide variety of specialized volunteer and travel programs during the Summers across different program locations. These Summer Special programs are available in India, Thailand, Nepal, Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania wherein volunteers get a wonderful opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture, volunteer in the project, explore and travel across the host country. Taking up Summer Volunteer Projects is an awesome and different way to spend summers traveling and doing something meaningful.

Our Summer programs in different destinations are tailor made to capture the best of the destination. In summer volunteer abroad program in Ghana, volunteers contribute in teaching kids and community development projects and also get to explore the different picturesque sights of Northern Ghana on weekends. In Thailand, volunteers who have enrolled in the Summer Volunteer and Adventure Program take part in a 3 week fun filled volunteer and adventure trip and get to travel across different parts of the country. Similarly, In India, Tanzania, South Africa and Nepal Summer programs, volunteering coupled with extensive traveling is provided for a memorable experience abroad. Our programs prove to be the best summer placements for students who want to spend their time travelling and volunteering abroad during the summer. Read Volunteering Soutions reviews to get insight about it from past volunteers.

The Summer Special Programs have fixed start dates. While most of the programs are for a duration of 3 weeks, some projects spanning 2 weeks are also available. Gappers and Schoolies are also welcome to choose from our ensuite of international volunteer programs in any country of their choice during summers, as all these programs run throughout the year.





21/08/2017

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Volunteer Vacations Abroad #how #to #find #cheap #flights

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VOLUNTEER VACATIONS

Do you want your next vacation to have a real, meaningful impact? Then make it a volunteer vacation with CCS. Make no mistake, Cross-Cultural Solutions is not voluntourism, we are a non–profit international volunteer organization that has been an established presence in communities abroad, with long–term partnerships for over 20 years. Our volunteer work is community driven and needs based. That means that with CCS, you’ll only do meaningful work.

We make the most of your time: Whether you only have one week over the winter holidays, an entire summer, or anything in between, Cross-Cultural Solutions has the right volunteer vacation experience for you. More than just any another volunteer vacation, what you get with CCS is the full experience. Our in-country team is staffed by local people who understand community needs and how you can help.

When you embark on a volunteer vacation with CCS, you’ll have a chance to travel the world, get off the beaten path, and enrich your life and the lives of others!

Here is what’s included in your volunteer travel program fee: accommodation at the CCS Home-Base. healthy home-cooked meals, 24-hour security. immersive cultural activities, in-country transportation, language classes, travel medical insurance, genuine opportunities for cultural exchange, and the unmatched expertise of our in-country staff of local people.

Your volunteering vacation adventure of a lifetime is closer than you think. Contact us today to speak to an experienced Program Specialist and begin planning your CCS volunteer vacation travel experience.





17/08/2017

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10 Things You Should Never Wear When Traveling Abroad #travel #bags

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Dressing appropriately while abroad not only helps you fit in with locals and receive friendlier service, but it also protects you from standing out to pickpockets. When in doubt, look at what the locals are wearing. “The best thing a traveler can do is go to a local clothing store and buy a couple of outfits — then no one will ever mistake you for a tourist,” says travel expert John E. DiScala (a k a Johnny Jet). Plus, your new wardrobe additions make great souvenirs.

Beyond watching what you wear, there are a few other things you can do to make yourself look like less of a traveler. For one, look like you know what you’re doing and where you’re going, even if you have to fake it. “Standing in the middle of the block looking confused — or worse, unfolding a map — calls you out as a tourist,” notes Matthew Reames, who traveled extensively through Europe a few years ago. “[Instead], pop into a coffee shop or something like that to give yourself time to pause and get your bearings.”

Be wary of hand gestures, both making them and wearing clothing depicting them, because these can have different meanings depending on where you are. In Bangladesh, for example, the “thumbs up” gesture is considered obscene. Since you may never know what certain images suggest in another country, avoid them to keep from offending anyone. Visit Guide.CultureCrossing.net to read up on common local gestures and taboos.

Sometimes even more important than how we look is what we sound like. Many Americans can be readily identified by their loud (and often complaining) voices. Keep your sound level low and your speech polite, though this suggestion can certainly be applied to travel anywhere, even within your own home town.

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12/08/2017

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Volunteer Abroad #kajak #travel

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Volunteer, Gap Year Responsible Travel

Don’t just travel as a tourist – with Kaya Responsible Travel experience the real world and make a difference. Kaya gives you the opportunity to volunteer abroad . learn a language abroad . gain valuable work experience overseas, or take a gap year.

Volunteer in Central and South America . Africa or Asia- Pacific on a wide range of sustainable projects. We have projects that suit both skilled and unskilled volunteers and we cater for many different types of people: individual volunteers . family volunteers . all kinds of group volunteers including social groups . corporate groups . school groups and university groups . Also, if you are travelling as a couple, you might want to check out our honeymoon volunteer projects – you don’t have to be on your honeymoon to enjoy the benefits these projects have to offer!

You can get involved in environmental and conservation research . building projects . teaching and education . wildlife conservation . community development . child care and sports coaching . Check out our excellent medical and health placements . for those with experience or studying medicine or a related health science.

With over 150 volunteer projects and work experience opportunities in over 26 countries, Kaya can offer you a world of choice to make a difference!





12/08/2017

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Travel Credit Cards – Compare Top Credit Cards for Use Abroad

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Compare Travel Credit Cards

  • 3% Cashback on Petrol, National Rail & TfL, 2% back on department stores and 1% back on supermarket spend*
  • First year’s 24** Annual Fee refunded if you hold, or open, a Santander 123 current account.
  • 0% on purchases & balance transfers (0% transfer fee) for 23 Months
  • In addition to the standard cashback, earn 3% bonus cashback on 1|2|3 Credit Card purchases made using Apple Pay (on spend of up to ВЈ100 per month). Offer ends 29 February 2016

*Cashback limits apply ( 3 cashback per month per category)

  • 16.5% APR representative (variable)
  • Based on 12.7% p.a. (variable) on credit card purchases
  • 24 annual fee applies
  • 0% on balance transfers for 23 month
  • Thereafter the standard annual rate for balance transfers will be 22.8% (variable)
  • 0% on purchases for 23 months
  • Thereafter the standard annual rate for purchases will be 12.7% (variable)
  • Earn 1% on supermarket spend, 2% on department stores and 3% on fuel

Earn 1% cashback on supermarket spend, 2% cashback on department stores and 3% cashback on fuel with the Santander 123 Credit Card

Representative Example: 12.7% p.a. (variable) on card purchases. This is equivalent to 16.5% APR representative (variable) based on a credit limit of 1200 and a 24 annual fee





10/08/2017

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The JSOM Study Abroad Office enriches students educational experience by leading, facilitating, and organizing programs that give direct exposure to business in global context. Students are presented with opportunities to enhance their global awareness by visiting various international countries, international businesses and government entities through work and study abroad opportunities.

JSOM has conducted more than 35 faculty led international study trips in 16 countries for the past 15 years. These trips help students develop awareness and realize the importance and benefits of a global perspective by participating in cultural activities, seminars delivered by international corporations and visiting universities. JSOM is committed to providing leadership, collaborating with international organizations, exchanging ideas and establishing a network for mutual learning.

Exchange Programs

Faculty Led Programs

International Internships

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  • JSOM Global Experience Courses
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The JSOM Study Abroad Office is committed to promoting and facilitating study abroad programs to all JSOM students. The office is responsible for informing students about the upcoming scheduled study abroad trips, international exchange and study abroad programs, including but not limited to internship and customized programs.

The appropriate staff and faculty members will also communicate with students about important deadlines related to study abroad programs and application for scholarship. While the basic objective of the program is to help students being exposed to international cultures and understanding of various international business environments, students will also be able to enrich their international language skills and professional careers by visiting various renowned universities, international institutions, business corporations and governments agencies.

Please visit the UT Dallas Education Abroad for more information.

Marilyn Kaplan, PhD Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs

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Application (two parts):

What are the different ways students can study abroad?

  • Exchange
  • International Internship
  • JGE (Jindal Global Experience) Course
  • Third Party Programs
  • Special UTD Programs: PPA Program in Marburg, DMHP trip to Prague and Budapest

Do Global Business students have to study abroad?

I’m not a Global Business student. Can I still study abroad?

Yes – they need to either have one semester-long exchange program, one international internship, or two JGE courses.

Can students complete their study abroad and their internship requirement at the same time?

Yes! International internships are encouraged!

What semester is the best to study abroad?

  • The ideal time to study abroad is Sophomore/Junior year. NO student (Undergraduate or Graduate) can participate in an exchange program or Third Party Program during their last two semesters at UTD.
  • Students can participate in JGE Courses and International Internships during their last two semesters, but it is not recommended.

What are the GPA requirements?

  • Exchange All students must have 3.0 minimum GPA.
  • International Internship, Third Party Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  • JGE Courses Undergraduate students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA. There is not a minimum GPA requirement for graduate students.

What other requirements are there?

  • JGE Courses – There are no minimum UTD credit hours to participate in a JGE Course.
  • Exchange, Third Party, International Internship:
    • Undergrad students must have a minimum 30 UTD credit hours
    • Graduate students must have a minimum 9 UTD credit hours
    • Freshman/Sophomore transfer students must have a minimum 30 UTD credit hours
    • Junior/Senior transfer students must have a minimum 15 UTD credit hours

I’ve applied online. Now what?

I’m a fast-track student. Are there any requirements I should know about?

Just like any other student, fast-track students cannot study abroad their last two semesters of their undergraduate careers. If students are going to fast track, they should consider doing an international internship or JGE Course.

I’m about to graduate! If a student only has 2 (or less) semesters left, but they need to complete a study abroad requirement, what should they do?

  • In this case, the student should consider doing two separate JGE courses.
  • If they have time, they could also consider doing an international internship.

Are there any specific UTD scholarships available?

  • Yes! JSOM students have two ways to apply for study abroad scholarships at UTD: The International Education Fund Scholarship (IEFS) and the JSOM Travel Scholarship. However, in order to be eligible for the JSOM Travel Scholarship, the student must first have applied for the IEFS.
    • JSOM Travel Scholarship – $200 a week for Exchange/Third Party/International Internships; $500 for a JGE

What other scholarships are available?

  • McDermott Terry Scholarships fully fund international internships.
  • National Merit Scholars get $6,000 grant for international travel.
  • Students receiving a Pell Grant are eligible for $5000 Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship.
  • The Davidson Management Honors Program has funding available for their students.

Will my scholarships such as the Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) still apply even if I’m spending a semester abroad for an exchange program?

  • As long as the student still meeting the GPA requirements and enrolled in the required amount of hours, his/her scholarships such as AES will still apply.

What are the deadlines?


04/08/2017

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No where else in the world can you find the range of disciplines in one school. Over the last 50 years as we forged new programs, built our home in New York and expanded to our global academic centers, institutes emerged. Each are built with shared values, common goals, and a priority for putting students first. The result – a place where artists and scholars create the future.

Institute of Performing Arts

Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television

Emerging Media

High School Programs

High school students participate in spring and summer intensive artistic training in New York City and gain an enriching and enlightening experience under the guidance of our full-time faculty.

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Visiting students and non-majors are invited to take classes during January Term, Spring at Tisch, and Summer. Earn credits towards your major or minor, build your résumé with an internship, or take classes to change careers. Come be inspired by New York City and our international sites.

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Tisch offers Professional Courses year round. Come take a class in an area of the media industry to get ahead in your career or to learn more about a topic you have always found interesting.

Study Abroad

Experience the world in a whole new way. Our short-term and semester-long study abroad programs are specially designed to draw on the artistic strengths of our global partners and incorporate the rich history, techniques and traditions of each country.

Special Programs

The Office of Special Programs at Tisch School of the Arts provides access to the arts. Whether you’re an NYU or visiting college student, high school student or working professional, we provide you with the introductory exposure to the performing or cinematic arts and the advanced-level training to grow your craft.

Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs comprises 19 professionals with one mission: To help you get the most out of your Tisch education with the least amount of wear and tear along the way.

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    Photography & Imaging

    Students of Photography Imaging at Tisch learn how to see, think, and take risks while finding their own creative voice.

    Centered on the making and understanding of images, this program offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum while demanding a broad grounding in the liberal arts. Our department embraces multiple perspectives, with majors working in virtually all modes of analog and digital photo-based image making and multimedia.

    As a Photography Imaging major, you’ll work closely with faculty advisors to design a rigorous program of study that suits your passions and challenges you to expand your conceptual and technical boundaries. Alumni go on to publish in national newspapers and magazines, work in museums and community art, and become art critics, documentary photographers, photojournalists, filmmakers, and graphic designers.

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    Exhibition

    Exhibition runs March 31 – October 16, 2017. Presented by Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Department of Photography and Imaging.

    Featured Course

    You’ll explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Summer courses, offered in both traditional and new technologies, are taught by a faculty of renowned artists and working professionals. All Photography & Imaging courses may be taken for undergraduate credit, graduate credit, or non-credit.


    02/08/2017

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  • Adventure Travel Jobs, Working Abroad and Volunteer Opportunities #cheap #tickets #hotels

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  • AMA Torres del Paine needs volunteers to represent the environmental interests of the people and organizations that work and live in Torres del Paine through recovery efforts, training and conservation.
  • Serendipity Adventures is seeking guides and tour leaders for employment.
    Ecuador
  • Ecuador Explorer has a helpful “Volunteering and Working in Ecuador” page that provides tips for finding a job in Ecuador as well as a list of volunteer programs.
  • Equador Volunteer has a number of ecological projects.
  • Erich Lehenbauer provides board and food to travelers in exchange for help at his B




    30/07/2017

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  • Volunteer Abroad, International Volunteer #travel #nurse #companies

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    Be The Change in The World: Volunteer Abroad

    Real Change. Serious Development. You can create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world’s children on community-led projects with Global Volunteers. Join a team of short-term volunteers providing essential resources in homes, classrooms, clinics and hospitals, orphanages, childcare and community centers, libraries, government offices, farm fields, and more. Share your skills and exceed your own expectations – helping children and families reach their greatest potential.

    Support the Cuban People. Global Volunteers’ Cuba service program combines the best of volunteerism and people-to-people activities. You’re invited to engage in humanitarian projects, participate in meaningful educational exchanges, and enjoy Cuban culture and hospitality – all in two weeks. Download brochure.

    “Global Volunteers has what are regarded

    as the best programs in the field.”

    – Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

    Our international and USA service programs are scheduled year-round to meet community needs. Work projects focusing on teaching, childcare and labor offer families, groups and individuals meaningful service options. Our volunteer coordinators will work with you to choose a date, project and country to fulfill your volunteering goals.

    “Granddaddy of the volunteer vacation movement.”

    “A model that has been replicated worldwide.”

    Working hand-in-hand with local people since 1984, Global Volunteers is a long-standing NGO leader in special Consultative Status with the United Nations. and in partnership with UNICEF and the Food and Agriculture Organization.





    11/07/2017

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    10 Things You Should Never Wear When Traveling Abroad #cheap #flight

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    A Few More Tips

    Dressing appropriately while abroad not only helps you fit in with locals and receive friendlier service, but it also protects you from standing out to pickpockets. When in doubt, look at what the locals are wearing. “The best thing a traveler can do is go to a local clothing store and buy a couple of outfits — then no one will ever mistake you for a tourist,” says travel expert John E. DiScala (a k a Johnny Jet). Plus, your new wardrobe additions make great souvenirs.

    Beyond watching what you wear, there are a few other things you can do to make yourself look like less of a traveler. For one, look like you know what you’re doing and where you’re going, even if you have to fake it. “Standing in the middle of the block looking confused — or worse, unfolding a map — calls you out as a tourist,” notes Matthew Reames, who traveled extensively through Europe a few years ago. “[Instead], pop into a coffee shop or something like that to give yourself time to pause and get your bearings.”

    Be wary of hand gestures, both making them and wearing clothing depicting them, because these can have different meanings depending on where you are. In Bangladesh, for example, the “thumbs up” gesture is considered obscene. Since you may never know what certain images suggest in another country, avoid them to keep from offending anyone. Visit Guide.CultureCrossing.net to read up on common local gestures and taboos.

    Sometimes even more important than how we look is what we sound like. Many Americans can be readily identified by their loud (and often complaining) voices. Keep your sound level low and your speech polite, though this suggestion can certainly be applied to travel anywhere, even within your own home town.

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    –written by Erin Gifford





    08/07/2017

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    Gap Year Travel, Gap Year Programs, Volunteer Work Abroad #book #airline

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    Or.

    How long do you want to stay?

    Oyster Worldwide is a well-regarded gap year travel and responsible travel specialist.

    Many of our projects were founded in 1999 and have been nurtured and supported by us ever since. We are known for giving you the opportunity to make a genuine contribution to your chosen project and for the first class support you receive.

    Oyster’s wide range of gap year programmes, career break projects and volunteering breaks allow you to get under the skin of a country and to do something worthwhile whilst you are there.

    From paid gap year jobs to worldwide volunteering opportunities, we have something for you. With projects from just one week up to a full year, there is huge scope for being able to do something amazing with the time that you have.

    It’s fun too, making lifelong friendships and returning home with a fresh outlook on the world and where you come from. If you want to feel you are part of local life rather than a tourist passing through, we would love to hear from you to tell you all about our great short term and gap year opportunities.





    13/06/2017

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    How to Travel the World for Free – The Blonde Abroad

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    For anyone thinking, Ya right. I can’t afford to travel. , this article is for you!

    The reason you might think time away is going to cost a fortune is because hotels, car rentals and activities come with a price tag.

    But, there are many alternative ways to travel that not only save money but allow you to engage with local communities and people in ways that will absolutely immerse you in a whole new culture and outlook on life.

    Plane tickets cost money, sure, but adventure and spirit-filled happiness is priceless.

    The following programs and websites offer some totally awesome ways to help lower your expenses and, essentially, travel the world for free.

    You’ll be amazed at how little money you need to spend to see the world!

    Volunteer Work in Exchange for Accommodation

    Websites like Work Away  list hosts in all different countries around the world that let you stay with them in exchange for a few hours volunteering throughout the week.

    Okay, you pay a signup fee for this website, but it’s like 10 euros. Considering you’d struggle to get a hostel for a night for that price, and here you get access to all these hosts for two years.

    It’s a no brainer!

    House Sitting

    Put on your responsible hat and take care of someone’s house, pets and gardens while they’re away. Websites like Mind My House  help play matchmaker for homeowners and home “watchers” around the world.

    Again, there s a small annual fee but, for long-term sitting, you d be paying pennies per day to live in an amazing property!

    Hello, month-long accommodation!

    Couch Surfing

    One of the better-known free methods of travel is Couch Surfing where you can host or stay with people around the world. People likely to host you couch surfing are travelers themselves who know what it’s like to be on the road.

    Some people may be worried about their safety when staying with a stranger, but use your best judgement and have some trust in fellow humans.

    You’ll probably meet some of the coolest people out there!

    WWOOF

    WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms where travelers can live and work on a farm in exchange for free meals and accommodation.

    It s a great opportunity learn about a local culture, learn something new and get outdoors. Simply pick a destination and see what opportunities are available!

    Travel Hacking

    While this is something that mostly benefits American travelers, credit card rewards programs offer benefits for everything from free fine dining to free hotel stays to free international flights .

    While it can take some serious research and a bit of a mastery of rewards programs, travel hacking can help you use rewards points wisely and ultimately travel for free.

    Start earning those reward points and GO!

    Teaching English as a Second Language

    There are so many ways to teach English all over the world  where you actually get paid to travel! The beauty of a TESOL or TEFL certification  is that you get trained on the job and once you have that certificate you can teach ANYWHERE!

    Travel and get paid. Sign me up!

    Hitchhiking

    Same as with couch surfing, it’s time to trust in mankind! Western European countries like France and Spain have a great reputation for hitchhiking, as well as places like New Zealand, and people will get you places safely.

    Use your best judgement and use helpful resources for hitchhiking tips and information on how to get started. For women, hitch-hiking will always have an element of risk, so never go alone.

    Take a friend with you to be safe and share the adventure!

    Car Sharing Network

    If you aren t keen on sticking out a finger and waiting on the side of the road, use a car sharing network like Bla Bla Car. It s basically organized hitch-hiking that connects people who need to travel with drivers who have empty seats.

    Save money on train or plane tickets, chip in for fuel and meet some awesome people!

    Working at a Camp

    Working at a recreational camp in Europe or the Americas is not only super fun but will save you so much money. Some programs geared towards college students, like Camp Adventure. even earn you college credits.

    For the length of your contract you typically receive a living stipend, plus all accommodation, meals and laundry are provided.

    Your free time may be limited to the weekend but it s a great learning a cultural experience!

    So, the next time you travel, have a good look at how you can reduce your travel costs and potentially travel for free!





    29/05/2017

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    Summer Volunteer Programs 2016 – Volunteer Abroad #budget #travel

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    Summer Volunteer Travel Programs Abroad 2016

    Take part in the exciting Summer Volunteer Abroad Programs 2016 with Volunteering Solutions. We offer a wide variety of specialized volunteer and travel programs during the Summers across different program locations. These Summer Special programs are available in India, Thailand, Nepal, Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania wherein volunteers get a wonderful opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture, volunteer in the project, explore and travel across the host country. Taking up Summer Volunteer Projects is an awesome and different way to spend summers traveling and doing something meaningful.

    Our Summer programs in different destinations are tailor made to capture the best of the destination. In summer volunteer abroad program in Ghana, volunteers contribute in teaching kids and community development projects and also get to explore the different picturesque sights of Northern Ghana on weekends. In Thailand, volunteers who have enrolled in the Summer Volunteer and Adventure Program take part in a 3 week fun filled volunteer and adventure trip and get to travel across different parts of the country. Similarly, In India, Tanzania, South Africa and Nepal Summer programs, volunteering coupled with extensive traveling is provided for a memorable experience abroad. Our programs prove to be the best summer placements for students who want to spend their time travelling and volunteering abroad during the summer. Read Volunteering Soutions reviews to get insight about it from past volunteers.

    The Summer Special Programs have fixed start dates. While most of the programs are for a duration of 3 weeks, some projects spanning 2 weeks are also available. Gappers and Schoolies are also welcome to choose from our ensuite of international volunteer programs in any country of their choice during summers, as all these programs run throughout the year.





    25/05/2017

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    Travel Abroad Grant #travel #hotels

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    Travel Abroad Grant Directions

    What is the Honors Travel Abroad Grant for?

    Honors Travel Abroad Grants (TAGs) are designed to support Honors students’ intellectual development by encouraging and supporting Honors students’ participation in Study Abroad and Study Away programs.

    Who is eligible to apply for a TAG?

    Students who are in a “warning semester” may not apply for a Travel Abroad Grant. Only students in good standing with the Honors College who are not on a warning semester may apply. Students participating in Study Away programs are also eligible to apply for TAG funding.

    How much money can I receive from a TAG?

    It depends on the length of your Study Abroad or Study Away program. For short summer programs and those lasting less than a full semester, the maximum award is $500. For full semester programs or ten-week summer programs earning six or more credit hours, the maximum award is $1,000. For programs lasting a full year, the maximum award is $1,500.

    Students are strongly encouraged to seek other sources of funding for their study abroad course, such as the WorldTopper Scholarship (sponsored by the Study Abroad Office), their home department and college, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and Phi Eta Sigma.

    How are TAGs chosen for funding?

    The Honors College does not guarantee that applicants will receive all or any requested funds. In fact, students with poor applications have previously been awarded no funds. The Honors Development Board will review each TAG application to determine funding according to the following criteria: 1) the strength of the student’s essay expressing how this program is related to his or her academic and personal goals and growth, 2) strength of the letter of recommendation, 3) available funds, 4) number of applicants for available funds, and 5) the scope of the program (longer programs generally are given priority to shorter ones). Study Abroad programs will generally be given funding priority over Study Away programs when determining levels of funding.

    How do I apply for a TAG?

    There is one TAG deadline per semester; this deadline will be posted on the Honors College website and will be emailed to you at the beginning of each semester, or you can contact the Honors College to inquire about the deadline. TAG applications submitted after the deadline, including all supporting material, will not be considered.

    How do I receive my funds?

    If your grant is approved, you will receive an award letter from the Honors College advising you of the amount you are eligible for. The money will be issued as a “scholarship” that will appear in your WKU tuition account prior to the semester of study abroad. If your tuition has already been paid, WKU will issue you a residual check for the balance of money in your tuition account, approximately 2-3 weeks after the start of the semester.

    If I receive a TAG, is anything else required of me?

    Yes. By awarding a TAG, the Honors College is investing in a student’s education. The benefits of a study abroad program do not end when the program is complete; likewise, a student accepting TAG funds is required to take several actions after the study abroad program to ensure that the student gets the maximum subsequent benefit out of the Honors-subsidized study abroad program.

    All students accepting TAG funding must complete the following.

      1. Write an essay of 400-500 words to students who have not yet studied abroad, and thoughtfully express how the study abroad experience enriched you intellectually and personally.
      2. Attend a Nationally Competitive Scholarship Workshop conducted by the Office of Scholar Development.
      3. Successfully complete the Honors curriculum in which they are enrolled.
      4. Meet with Honors College advisor each semester throughout the remainder of the student’s enrollment at WKU.
      5. Write a thank you to the donors for any private funds received.

    Failure to fulfill these requirements will result in the student being required to pay back the entire sum of the original TAG award. Upon acceptance of the TAG award, students will sign a binding contract to this effect. Details of this policy, as well as the signature form, will be given to students prior to receiving any funding.





    22/05/2017

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    Travel Abroad Grant #misa #travel

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    Travel Abroad Grant Directions

    What is the Honors Travel Abroad Grant for?

    Honors Travel Abroad Grants (TAGs) are designed to support Honors students’ intellectual development by encouraging and supporting Honors students’ participation in Study Abroad and Study Away programs.

    Who is eligible to apply for a TAG?

    Students who are in a “warning semester” may not apply for a Travel Abroad Grant. Only students in good standing with the Honors College who are not on a warning semester may apply. Students participating in Study Away programs are also eligible to apply for TAG funding.

    How much money can I receive from a TAG?

    It depends on the length of your Study Abroad or Study Away program. For short summer programs and those lasting less than a full semester, the maximum award is $500. For full semester programs or ten-week summer programs earning six or more credit hours, the maximum award is $1,000. For programs lasting a full year, the maximum award is $1,500.

    Students are strongly encouraged to seek other sources of funding for their study abroad course, such as the WorldTopper Scholarship (sponsored by the Study Abroad Office), their home department and college, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and Phi Eta Sigma.

    How are TAGs chosen for funding?

    The Honors College does not guarantee that applicants will receive all or any requested funds. In fact, students with poor applications have previously been awarded no funds. The Honors Development Board will review each TAG application to determine funding according to the following criteria: 1) the strength of the student’s essay expressing how this program is related to his or her academic and personal goals and growth, 2) strength of the letter of recommendation, 3) available funds, 4) number of applicants for available funds, and 5) the scope of the program (longer programs generally are given priority to shorter ones). Study Abroad programs will generally be given funding priority over Study Away programs when determining levels of funding.

    How do I apply for a TAG?

    There is one TAG deadline per semester; this deadline will be posted on the Honors College website and will be emailed to you at the beginning of each semester, or you can contact the Honors College to inquire about the deadline. TAG applications submitted after the deadline, including all supporting material, will not be considered.

    How do I receive my funds?

    If your grant is approved, you will receive an award letter from the Honors College advising you of the amount you are eligible for. The money will be issued as a “scholarship” that will appear in your WKU tuition account prior to the semester of study abroad. If your tuition has already been paid, WKU will issue you a residual check for the balance of money in your tuition account, approximately 2-3 weeks after the start of the semester.

    If I receive a TAG, is anything else required of me?

    Yes. By awarding a TAG, the Honors College is investing in a student’s education. The benefits of a study abroad program do not end when the program is complete; likewise, a student accepting TAG funds is required to take several actions after the study abroad program to ensure that the student gets the maximum subsequent benefit out of the Honors-subsidized study abroad program.

    All students accepting TAG funding must complete the following.

      1. Write an essay of 400-500 words to students who have not yet studied abroad, and thoughtfully express how the study abroad experience enriched you intellectually and personally.
      2. Attend a Nationally Competitive Scholarship Workshop conducted by the Office of Scholar Development.
      3. Successfully complete the Honors curriculum in which they are enrolled.
      4. Meet with Honors College advisor each semester throughout the remainder of the student’s enrollment at WKU.
      5. Write a thank you to the donors for any private funds received.

    Failure to fulfill these requirements will result in the student being required to pay back the entire sum of the original TAG award. Upon acceptance of the TAG award, students will sign a binding contract to this effect. Details of this policy, as well as the signature form, will be given to students prior to receiving any funding.





    13/04/2017

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    Traveling Abroad with Electronic Devices – Information Technology Services (NDSU) #tui

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    Information Technology Services

    Cyber Security Tips for Traveling Abroad with Mobile Electronic Devices

    Note: This web page is intended to outline steps, tips, and guidelines that you can use to protect yourself, your information, and your mobile devices when you travel abroad.

    As part of a renowned research university, NDSU’s faculty, scholars, and staff often travel abroad for research, collaboration, continued study, or to present at national gatherings. When traveling to certain countries where there is strong scientific competition, the country is not on friendly terms with the United States, there is civil unrest or political discord, or where violence and crime ar prevalent, they may become victims of cyber-attacks, cybercrime, monitoring or surveillance. This is particularly true if the individual is engaged in classified or proprietary research in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program. Institutional leaders who ar politically or religiously active, fluent speakers of the language, and individual tourists may also be actively targeted.

    Acknowledgement

    Credit and appreciation given to Joe St. Sauver, Manager for Internet 2 Nationwide Security Programs and the InCommon Certificate program, for allowing the use of large excerpts from his articles Travel to Destinations other Than China or the Russian Federation, and Cyber Security and Travel to China or the Russian Federation, March, 2012.





    11/04/2017

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    Traveling Abroad: 13 Tips To Roaming Freely And Safely #e #travel

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    Traveling Abroad: 13 Tips To Roaming Freely And Safely

    Oct 21, 2013 | Updated Oct 25, 2013

    These days, it’s almost impossible to imagine leaving the house, not to mention traveling to a foreign country, without a smartphone. How would you avoid getting lost without your built-in GPS? Or know which neighborhoods to visit (and which to avoid) without a handy phone travel guide? And don’t forget everyone needs social media apps to share experiences with friends.

    While your smartphone can help you keep in touch and stay street smart while traveling abroad, the costs of international roaming, data and messaging can make staying connected very expensive (just ask this guy ). That’s why our friends at T-Mobile added global data coverage in over 100 countries at no extra cost to their Simple Choice plan .

    So, now that it won’t break the bank to stay safe and make sure everyone knows your trip is going a-OK, we teamed up with T-Mobile to put together some other crucial, but very often-overlooked, traveling tips to protect you from worst-case scenarios. Read on for 13 safety tips every globetrotter should heed while traveling the world.





    11/04/2017

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    Working for a Holiday Travel Company – Working Abroad Magazine #cheap

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    Working for a Holiday Travel Company

    The best way to prepare for life as a holiday rep is to have some idea of their workplace which is why many reps have holidayed with their employers before as tourists.

    Jack Kimber works as a Youth Rep for 2wentys in the Crete resort of Malia he was inspired to apply for the job after going on holiday with them. He said: I applied for a job when I got home I have always wanted to work abroad and I love partying. 2wenty s application process is quite simple: after applying, Jack attended an interview and had a weeks training before flying out to his resort at the start of the summer season.

    Travel and Holiday Rep Jobs Abroad

    He loves his job, and is quick to sing its praises: It s the best job in the world a once in a lifetime opportunity! I spend my days looking after the young people who come on our holidays and organising excursions, and it s very social as you spend all day and night with the guests.

    Daily flexibility is vital: it is not unusual to stay up until 5am seeing customers safely on their plane home, only to be needed at 10.30am welcome meetings for new guests. This grueling schedule makes days off a chance to relax. Jack said: We can get very tired sometimes, so spend most of our time off sleeping or chilling out, but with one and a half days off a week we could do sightseeing.

    The unique demands of catering for adults under 30 make the role of Youth Rep both rewarding and challenging: The best bit is getting to meet loads of new people and entertaining all the guests. The worst parts are the long hours, late night airport pick-ups and drop-offs and being really tired.

    Luckily, staff perks compensate the low basic wage : free accommodation and transport, as well as the opportunities for good bonuses and commission.

    But the social side of the job does not only apply to the resort reps and guests can keep in touch after a season ends via the social networking site 2wentysworld.co.uk, reliving the good times, organising reunions and planning out next year s holidays. Youth Rep is rarely a job for life and most reps see it as casual employment, but it is possible forge a career with the company if you are determined.

    Outdoorsy types might prefer campsites to hotels. Jim Rideout joined Canvas Holidays as a Camp Courier in 2005 after hearing about vacancies during his holiday. The role is similar to a holiday rep as your main concern is customer care, such as meeting and greeting, visiting them regularly, providing local area information and reception duties. You are also responsible for cleaning accommodation between customers and basic maintenance and administrative work on the site. The camping season runs from March to October and Canvas have sites in nine European countries including France, Italy, Holland and Sardinia.

    At season bookends, teams of couriers are involved in montage – setting up campsites at the beginning of the season, and cleaning and preparing tents and mobile homes for the first customers. Demontage means getting the sites ready for winter by emptying and disassembling tents and storing equipment over the closed season.

    Camp Couriers usually start at 9am, staffing reception for the first half an hour or start cleaning straightaway.  Cleaning can last up to five hours depending on how many customers arrive. If you are on arrivals duty you must meet and greet customers between 4pm and 8pm, and in the evening you visit customers to see if they need anything. Night shifts are occasionally necessary but this does not involve staying up all hours just being the first point of contact for any customer in trouble.

    Canvas employs workers of all ages for a minimum of six weeks, and Camp Couriers can work alone or in pairs, making it ideal for a couple who want to work abroad together. Jim said: My wife and I intended applying after retiring but we decided I should try it on my own first. I wouldn t have missed my two seasons for anything it was an experience never to be forgotten.

    Wannabe Camp Couriers can contact Canvas through their website www.canvasholidays.co.uk/about-us/recruitment-873-0.aspx/ and successful applicants are invited to a group interview. You must be over 18, with a UK bank account and national insurance number. Any previous customer service or travel industry experience is useful and language skills are definitely a bonus. Accommodation (a tent or mobile home), equipment, gas and electricity are all provided so your wages only need to pay for food and leisure. You get one day off per week plus an extra day off each month, so there is plenty of time to explore the surrounding countryside.

    Jim said: The best things are making new friends, meeting and getting to know customers, being abroad and learning a new language, or improving existing language skills. If you enjoy cleaning there s plenty of opportunity for fulfillment!

    The downsides are coping with customer complaints outside your control and the European heat!

    Again, the roles are seasonal and some people return every year, working the winter ski season in between. Jim, who now works in Site Operations for Canvas, said: People do make a career of it and Canvas Holidays is always happy to promote people who make the grade within the company either to more senior courier positions (ultimately to Area Manager) or to head office.

    Holiday reps are usually employed in short-haul package holiday resorts, but it is possible to work in long-haul destinations too. Kuoni specialises in exotic, luxurious and activity holidays and although most reps are employed locally, they have a small team of British Overseas Travel Reps too.

    Because the resorts are long haul, potential reps need to be experienced at working alone and away from their families for a long time. Jemma Purvis, Kuoni s PR Assistant, said: At Kuoni we pride ourselves in customer service, and look for applicants that portray a professional image, whilst taking care of our clients needs. Resorts are often in remote locations and reps need to demonstrate the ability to think on their feet, respond to problems quickly and effectively. They will be required to make informed decisions based on their own initiative. Sales experience is beneficial, and someone that has lived away from home before is also desirable.

    Kuoni recruits in January and February and reps are employed seasonally but tend to stay for several years so there is a low staff turnover. As a result, they accept CVs throughout the year and keep candidates on file for when a vacancy arises. The summer season lasts between four and six months depending on country and the winter season is split into two three-month blocks. Reps choose to work one of these blocks and have the other three months as holiday.

    Overseas Travel Reps have similar tasks to all holiday reps they are the first point of contact for their customers. Meeting and greeting, welcome meetings, assisting with enquiries, airport duties and transfers, problem solving and checking bookings with agents and hoteliers are everyday responsibilities, as well as dealing with emergencies and crises as they happen.

    You would be on call constantly with this job, but arrange your own time off around arrivals. As you would expect, accommodation is provided, but with Kuoni so is food, flights and visas! Reps attend a week long training course in the UK then two weeks training at their destination, as well as regular sessions throughout the season. Working for Kuoni is not suitable for inexperienced applicants, but seasoned reps who want to see the world could thrive on new challenges.

    Jemma said: I would recommend the experience of being a representative overseas to anyone that enjoys being around people and wants to make a difference to our clients overall holiday experience. You will meet some wonderful people, visit some fantastic destinations, and really open your eyes to the world.

    Using holiday rep work as a stepping-stone is a great way to build up contacts and experience for a long-term career. As it is easy to burn out after an exhausting few seasons, many reps move into less hectic roles. This does not mean returning to Britain for a desk job far from it. As we have seen, skilled reps are eligible for more demanding and responsible roles further afield. Resort management or PR roles abroad need experienced applicants to fill them, and a few seasons repping gives you an edge over others.

    Alternatively, UK-based head office jobs are often filled by ex-reps who want a stable lifestyle, so the choice is yours. One thing is for certain in a role renowned for its long hours and repetitive schedules, no two days will be the same!

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