Monday, December 29, 2008

Internships open doors, especially when the economy is down

In the presence of a less than stellar economy, what can you do to make yourself stand out from your peers?

I was listening to a story on NPR the other morning about how fewer employers are recruiting on campus, and how much harder it is for students to get jobs and internships with US employers. It’s times like these that make it especially important to make an investment in your future, and boost your resume with as much professional work experience as possible.

The economy is forcing companies to make difficult hiring decisions, so why not make it easier for them? Having work experience directly within your field of study while still an undergrad may set you apart, but by showing the initiative and confidence that it takes to live and work internationally will show prospective employers that you are the right candidate.

While the above will get you in the door, it’s up to you to nail the interview. Employers want a candidate that is sure of him or herself, can work independently yet also work well in a team. Your independence, confidence, and self-reliance will grow as a direct result of, for example, figuring out the public transportation system in a new city or having to ask for directions in a second language. Having the experience of working within an international and multicultural team prepares you to work all over the world, or right in your backyard as the world comes to you.

In this global and tight economy, you can’t afford not to undergo an international internship. This is an investment in your career and your future, and your opportunity to assist the recruiter in making the right decision: to hire you.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

Friday, December 7, 2007

More Students Studying Abroad!

According to this year’s Open Doors 2007, the annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education, the number of U.S. students studying abroad increased by 8.5% during the 2005/2006 academic year. Shorter durations and program offerings in more diverse destinations both added to the increase in numbers.

The study shows that more than half of the students who studied abroad during the 2005/2006 academic year chose short-term programs (Summer programs, January term programs or programs of 8 weeks and less) over the traditional semester based program.
While the top 5 destinations (U.K., Italy, Spain, France & Australia) remained the same between the 2006 and 2007 Open Doors reports, this year’s showed an increase in students going to Asia (up 26%), Latin America (up 14%), Africa (up 19%) and the Middle East (up 31%).

In the report, Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of IIE states that “Students should get a passport along with their student ID”. We agree!

Global Experiences is happy to offer internship programs in each of the top 5 locations.

Check out the full report: Open Doors 2007.

Labels: , ,

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Stats and Scholarships

The Stats

In the last 5 years the number of students studying outside of their home country increased by 40%.

While 1 of every 16 students in sub-Saharan Africa studied abroad only 1 out of every 250 North Americans studied abroad; the lowest rate in the world.

As globalization through technology continues to bring countries together more closely, the importance of cross-cultural experiences and communication is crucial to moving forward socially and in business. What does this mean for US students? We have a lot of catching up to do! However, the price tag on a global education can often be daunting. Below are a few scholarships to aid you in your path overseas. Many have fast approaching deadlines, so don’t delay!

The Scholarships

Gilman International Scholarship Program

Deadline: Oct. 9, 2007

When: Spring 2008

What: Up to $5,000 for undergraduates. An additional $3,000 for those seeking to study: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and specific dialects of Turkic, Persian, and Indic.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Deadline: Oct. 17, 2007

When: Spring 2008 and early 2008-2009 Academic Year

What: Up to $3,000 for summer, Up to $5,000 for a quarter/semester, Up to $7,000 for an academic year. All for undergraduates studying in East or Southeast Asia.

Marshall Scholarship

Deadline: Oct. 3, 2007

What: All expenses for graduate study at a British university.

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Deadline: Oct. 5, 2007

When: 2008-2009 Academic Year

What: All expenses for graduate studies in Ireland.

Fulbright Program

Deadline: Oct. 19, 2007 *Your school may have a different deadline.*

What: All expenses for one year to teach, research or study in over 100 countries. Must have a bachelor’s degree to apply.

Information courtesy of Abroad View Magazine.

Posted by Susannah.

Labels: , , , , , ,

Friday, August 3, 2007

Safety vs. Comfort

We often receive questions about safety abroad. How safe is it for American’s to travel to …? How safe is it for women?

These are very important questions and most answers can be found through sites like http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Usgresponse/Travel_Safely.shtml#vgn-international-travel-vgn

The point of this blog though is to discuss the difference between safety and comfort. It's frustrating to someone who has traveled a lot to hear someone refer to a location as unsafe simply because it made them feel uncomfortable or they are unfamiliar with the details of the culture. You can feel uncomfortable in a situation without feeling unsafe. Being unsafe however, inherently causes discomfort.

I’ve been in some very uncomfortable situations while traveling abroad – new language, new faces, new food, gun wielding men. Some would call these situations unsafe. However, because I had researched the area and knew what not to do, I felt safer there than in many parts of the United States.

The point is that you can feel uncomfortable without feeling unsafe. I was in a group discussion about China and the facilitator shared her experiences as a woman and said that she felt uncomfortable when she was stared at by men or when people spoke Mandarin to her. But she had studied the culture and knew the harsh penalties for crime, so she felt very safe.

It's ok to feel uncomfortable at times. It shows an opportunity for growth. Avoiding unsafe situations comes with research. Learn the safe and unsafe aspects of your journey and you'll be a global citizen in no time.

Posted by Marc

Labels: , , , , ,

Monday, July 30, 2007

Interns Going Global

A recent survey of U.S. students revealed that 40 percent had participated in an internship overseas. The survey, conducted by Vault in May, 2007 collected responses from 339 college students. 58% of the students surveyed stated that international internships are 'extremely important' for future career success.

The survey also revealed that 60% decided to do an international internship to 'experience a new culture' while 33% stated they 'would like to move to a foreign country upon graduation.' Four percent headed abroad out of a 'desire to learn a new language.' The majority of interns abroad worked 30-40+ hours per week in their placements.

To view the full survey results, visit http://www.vault.com/.

Global Experiences provides customized international internships, teaching English abroad certification courses, fashion experiences, high school service learning programs and other unique international experiences.

- posted by Mike

Labels: , , , , ,

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

What am I going to Wear??

So you’re doing an international internship, congrats! What a great experience to put on your resume and make you stand apart from the crowd. Now comes the hard part: how to pack for your trip. We’ve all been there, wondering how to cram everything you need into 1 or 2 suitcases and not forget anything. Then there’s always the question of what to where to your internship. What’s appropriate in the country you’re going to be in? As a female, can you wear pants in a business setting? (Remember, in some countries it’s still not ok for women to wear pants)

Here are a few quick tips to help you figure out what to pack.

1. Pack suits/pants/jackets/skirts in basic solid colors that can be mixed and matched with many tops. Dress shirts/blouses/sweaters in solid colors will mix with many bottoms.
2. Remember to dress modest – bare skin is for the beach, not the office. Most Europeans dress more conservatively then Americans.
3. Punch up an outfit with accessories, a nice bag, purse, tie, scarf, or jewelry can make or break an outfit. Those black pants with a solid colored blouse will look even better with a nice silk scarf tied around your neck ladies.
4. Jewelry and makeup should be tasteful and subtle, save the layers of bracelets and the dark eye line for your evenings out.
5. Pack a good pair of dress shoes that will go with multiple outfits (usually black). Make sure they are polished and well-kept. If your outfit is professional but your shoes are scuffed and dirty you will automatically look less polished.

Please remember, you will be able to do laundry. You do not have to pack everything you own. Word of advice, pack items that don’t need to be ironed if at all possible as that way you won’t have to spend your first few days ironing everything in your suitcase after it’s been bounced half-way across the world. Also, basic pieces can be worn more often with more items making you feel like you have more options. Europeans dress conservatively, usually classic items in solid dark colors.

Your supervisor realizes you are a student or recent graduate, they don’t expect you to be in the top designer fashions. Nor do they expect you to be in a business suite 5 days a week. They simply expect you to be polished, respectable, and presentable.

Be sure to pack some casual clothes for your free time and exploring your host city. Just remember: jeans, tee-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, sneakers, and sweatpants/shirts are not appropriate business attire. Also, while exploring, remember that most churches around the world will not allow you inside if you are showing too much skin (this includes bear shoulders, knees, and sometimes heads). Keep a light weight sweater or shawl on you to avoid being turned away.

~ post by: kristen

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The World is Flat

Recently Global Experiences exhibited for the first time at the Annual NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Conference in Minneapolis Minnesota. Over 7,500 people attended from 104 countries. There was an energy in the massive conference room enhanced by this coming together of one industry from so many distinct cultures.

Why does this matter in the grand scheme of things, you ask? How will working or teaching abroad effect my life or the broader world? As we enter into an age of “Globalization” which has been dissected in such books as Thomas L. Friedman's The World is Flat, we find that our world, while full of distinct cultures, is becoming more and more accessible and meshed. It is now commonplace to have a conversation with someone in Dubai on the same day as you surf the beach in California and listen to the BBC in the UK. In this increasingly “flat” world, where our boundaries are less separated by oceans and mountains, but rather connected through ever more intelligent technology, it is becoming essential to have first hand knowledge of other cultures, especially in a work environment.

Colin Powell, the plenary speaker at NAFSA, held the floor with a powerful speech about the importance of international education, not only in the education industry but to politics, the environment and our every day social lives. He once said:

"We live in a truly global age…. To solve most of the major problems facing our country today—from wiping out terrorism to minimizing global environmental problems to eliminating the scourge of AIDS—will require every young person to learn more about other regions, cultures, and languages." What better way to do this than to work in a foreign country, immersing yourself in the culture and learning first hand just how flat the world can be.

Photo from Thomas Friedman

Posted by Susannah

Labels: , , , , , , ,

Friday, June 8, 2007

Guide to International Greeting Customs


As you prepare to go abroad for your internship program, it’s worth taking a moment to study up on the regional greeting customs so you can avoid any awkward encounters with new friends and acquaintances.


UK: You will not encounter much physical contact in London. A handshake or nod of the head accompanied with a “hi” or “how are you” is all you’ll see here.

Australia: Greetings are usually informal, “hello”, “hi”, or “g’day”. In formal situations such as business settings, shaking hands and a “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon” are traditional greetings.


Italy
:
Greeting kisses are the norm among family and friends. When meeting someone for the first time, you usually stick to a handshake. You might end the conversation with a kiss on each cheek. Some say right cheek first, others say no rule, but don’t go in too hard or you could have a clash of sorts.

Spain: Greeting with 2 kisses, strictly right cheek first, is acceptable at all times.

France: Within Paris 4 kisses have been adopted as the standard greeting between friends, left cheek first. The rest of France generally sticks to 2 kisses.


~posted by Jennie

Labels: , , , ,

Friday, May 11, 2007

How A "Study Abroad" Bill Becomes Law

Remember that cartoon “How A Bill Becomes Law” from your junior high civics class? Me neither, but that’s ok. The point was that your voice matters.


Did you know that only one percent of all U.S. undergraduates study abroad each year? That amounts to just over 200,000 students a year. Not that impressive when you consider the breadth of international knowledge required in today's global society.

That’s why Global Experiences and other members of NAFSA, the nation's largest association for international educators, recently spent a day on Capitol Hill meeting with Members of Congress and Senators to talk about study abroad.

You can help too! The Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act will be voted on in the next few weeks in the House of Representatives and the Senate. An extremely important bill for anyone interested in study abroad, national security, language learning or international business, the legislation provides that, within 10 years of enactment:

  • Not less than one million U.S. undergraduate students will study abroad annually; and

  • The demographics of study abroad participation will reflect the demographics of the U.S. undergraduate population; and

  • An increasing portion of study abroad will take place in nontraditional study abroad destinations and especially in the developing countries.

Please help us to promote study abroad by writing your Members of Congress and Senators regarding the Simon Study Abroad Act (H.R. 1469 in the House of Representatives and S. 991 in the Senate)!

Click here to learn more about these bills and to submit an online letter of support to your Representatives.

- posted by Mike

Global Experiences provides customized international internships, teaching English abroad certification courses, fashion experiences, high school service learning programs and other unique international experiences.

Labels: , , , , ,

Friday, April 13, 2007

Advice: Working hard or hardly working?

It doesn't matter what your reasons are for going abroad - an international internship, foreign language training, a vacation, or a crop circle convention in Wiltshire County, England - you're going to have certain expectations going into it.

For those of you interested in interning abroad, my best advice is to expect to work hard. International Internships are designed to give you the career exposure you need to differentiate yourself in the global marketplace. You will enjoy your experience, and there's no question that cities like Rome, Florence, Sydney, Melbourne, Paris and London are an absolute blast, but in order to get the most out of your time abroad, you will have to put in some hard work.

Of course since you'll be interning in a field that you love it won't always feel like work, but you need to remember that just like everyone who starts a new job, you'll have to cover the basics first. Take this time to learn how the company works and how they fit into the marketplace. Eventually, as you prove yourself to your bosses, you will be able to tackle bigger tasks and integrate yourself better into the company.


Posted by ~ Marc

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

Monday, March 26, 2007

The Price is Right

One of the most exciting and enriching parts about living abroad is having the opportunity to travel while you are there. On a budget? Don’t worry! If you can afford dinner, you can afford a flight from London to Rome. With airlines such as Ryan Air and Easy Jet offering flights for as little as about $1 USD before taxes one way flights within Europe (total flight cost can often be as low as $20 USD), how can you afford not to go? So hop online and then hop on a plane. You never know how close (and affordable!) your next Grecian vacation may be.


Posted by Susannah

Labels: , , , , , ,

Monday, March 19, 2007

Spring is in the air!

It’s almost spring and time to thaw out from our winter hibernation. Spring festivals are occurring all over the world, especially in some of our TEFL course locations:

Spain: Semana Santa
India: Holi (Festival of Color)
China: Lantern Festival
Vietnam: Youth Day

Be sure to check out what’s happening in your part of the world to celebrate the beauty of the season! http://www.earthcalendar.net/

~Posted by Jennie

Labels: , , , ,

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Bring it on home...

You're guaranteed to return home with new skills, new friends, and memories following your time abroad. If your like me, you may also find yourself with a trinket or twelve.

You should know the rules ahead of time if you’re planning on returning to the US with an artifact or expensive souvenirs. For instance, some objects are banned from exiting some countries or may be banned from entering others. To increase your frustrations, these rules can even differ between states (just try shipping wine into Pennsylvania!).

For details on bringing souvenirs and artifacts home with you, or even shipping them, visit www.cbp.gov. Happy purchasing!

~ Posted by Marc

Labels: , , ,

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Love Is In the Air


In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d post about one of the rarely mentioned benefits of “going global.” Whether you’re interning abroad, teaching English as a foreign language, or learning a foreign language yourself, you may just find that certain someone that you’ve been searching for.

I did, and I wasn’t even looking. I met my wife in Rome while interning at the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican. Our paths crossed for the first time just next to the fabled Spanish Steps. I was holding a gelato, she was pushing a stroller (she was an au pair, people). And the rest is, well…la storia.

(Semi-Legal Disclaimer: Global Experiences can not assist, guarantee, condone or otherwise predict the amorous outcomes that one may experience while abroad on a Global Experiences program.)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

~Posted by Mike

Global Experiences provides customized international internships, teaching English abroad certification courses, fashion experiences, high school service learning programs and other unique international experiences

Labels: , , , , , , ,

Friday, February 9, 2007

Show Me the Money

One of the top reasons many students choose not to study, intern or volunteer abroad is due to the cost. Most people don’t realize that companies, the government, non-profits and even their own schools are just itching to send students abroad to see and experience a world outside of their home university and have worked hard to provide funding avenues to make this possible.

Don’t give up on going abroad due to the cost before really taking a look at the options you have available. To go abroad, I myself paid a fourth of what my home institution would have cost me for the year. Not a bad deal for a priceless experience.

You can find funding everywhere from Private Funding and Scholarships to Government Funding, Institutional and University Funding, or even Public Funding. Not to mention Loans which you could pay back from a job you got using connections made on your internship abroad! Both Print Resources and Online Resources can guide you in your search. So, take heart; there is no lack of resources (or money!) available for going abroad.

Posted by Susannah

Labels: , , , , ,

Friday, February 2, 2007

Teaching English is the next best thing, or even better!

As valuable as an international internship might be to your career development, many college students and recent graduates have not yet had a chance to gain the work experience and language skills required for the foreign marketplace. Another more immediate factor in the inability to participate in such programs is lack of finances. If you find yourself yearning for an international experience but fall into either of the above categories, you should seriously consider teaching English for a brief period as a way to gain intercultural perspectives in a professional environment while earning an income. The advantages to becoming TEFL-trained are endless:

Most affordable way to go abroad and stay for an indefinite time

Our courses located across the globe cost $1400 - $1700. At the end of 4 weeks you will have a paid job in the country of your dreams.

Free time to pursue real career interests and make connections

Most EFL teachers work only 20-25 hours per week. Think about how much time is left for you to investigate opportunities in your desired field and meet people who might be able to make your goals a reality.

Potential to save enough money to pay off student loans and other expenses
You can acquire a TEFL job in S. Korea or Taiwan in a heartbeat and make a high enough salary to save at least $1,000 per month!


And these are just a few incentives for taking a TEFL course. The benefits are much more than simply earning money while traveling. I encourage you to use it as a tool to mold your global experience on your own terms.

~posted by Jennie

Labels: , , ,

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Florence is the new Cancun

I first fell in love with Florence almost ten years ago as a study abroad student. I arrived ready to immerse myself in the culture, language and most importantly the food. I bonded with several other people (you know those first few intense days when you’re all in the same unfamiliar boat) that shared my identical goals for the trip. But then a funny thing happened when we settled in. Suddenly I was being invited to dinners at student apartments, American bar and Irish pub get togethers, Super Bowl parties, American student night at the clubs, and many of my “friends” who I thought shared my desire to understand Italy settled into an American life abroad. It’s nice to meet people with similar interests and have some homesickness prevention fun with compatriots but anyone coming to Italy should not lose sight of the opportunity to get to know Italian culture.

Florence is a study abroad hub with many university programs and thousands of students arriving every semester. With all of those Americans mulling around it’s easy to find yourself feeling as if you never left campus. Doing an internship forces you, in good way, to really get to know Florence. Imagine if you went to Cancun to work in a hotel for spring break instead of party. In no way is Florence comparable to Cancun but some spring nights at the Irish pub it can certainly seem like it. Through their internships, I’ve seen some of the participants I’ve worked with blossom into Italian fluency, make heartfelt friendships and become as attached to the city as I am. An internship is the key to a Florence that escapes many tourists and students, one that allows you to have a deeper understanding of the city, the culture and the language. I often tell people how I wish I had known about Global Experiences when I was a student, as I would have surely participated, but I’m glad that at least I get to spread the word and help others see the real Florence.
Posted by Danielle

Labels: , , ,

Friday, January 12, 2007

Foreign Language?

I always knew I wanted to go abroad. However, I also knew that I was terrible with languages. Eventually, I settled on a program in Bath, England.

I remember thinking, “oh I’ll be in England, yeah it’s a different country, but hey, it’s still the same language….I mean yeah, the slang is probably a bit different, but it can’t be that different.”

It was only a matter of days before I realized that I could not have been more wrong. I constantly found myself either wondering what in the world someone had just said to me; or worse yet, confronting an angry/confused/embarrassed Brit over something I’d innocently said.

Aside from the basics, the language that I was so sure I knew, was definitely not the English I was used to. One of my most memorable speech flubs was informing a rather cute British boy I’d met that I’d love to “hang out” with him sometime. Seems innocent enough right? Well, after he blushed about 7 shades of red and choked out a laugh, he proceeded to stammer out that I had basically just informed him that I wanted to flash him. Needless to say, I was mortified and couldn’t pray hard enough for the ground to open up and swallow me whole. Unfortunately, it didn’t. Fortunately, he and I became great friends and we still talk to this day.

I’d like to say that that was my only verbal slip-up, but no, I seemed to make them daily. For instance, I was walking down the street with some British friends one day and made the mistake of complaining that I’d somehow gotten mud on my new pants. Well, after looking at me like I had 3 heads, one of the girls laughingly informed me that I meant my “trousers” as pants means underwear in England.

Thanks to my British friends, I quickly adjusted to the Queen’s English, and basic British slang. To this day, I still call take out “take-away”, occasionally refer to sneakers as trainers, find “bloody” to be the perfect explicative/description out there, and various other Britishisms.

I should have known better from the beginning. I was in a new country and everything was different, even the things I thought would be the same. As soon as I realized that, and opened myself up to absorbing that difference, I was fine. Bath, and England in general still owns a large piece of my heart and I can’t wait to go back. Next time I go abroad anywhere though, I’ll be sure to remember what I learned the first time, you can’t go abroad expecting it to be like home, even if there are similarities. As soon as you step off that plane, you’re in a new place and everything is different. You need to follow their rules and obey their customs. Enjoy it, you’ll learn more about yourself and the world around you by experiencing a new country then you will any other way.

Posted By: Kristen

Labels: , ,

Monday, January 8, 2007

An Internship by Any Other Name...

Ever wondered what the difference was between a practicum and a co-op? How about an apprenticeship, field experience or service learning? And what exactly is an externship anyways?

Don’t be overwhelmed. Generally speaking, all of the above can be categorized under the umbrella term of “internship” and aim to provide an ‘out of classroom’ experience that complements or adds to one’s studies.

To help get you on your way, here is a brief description of the different types of internships out there:

Apprenticeship
No, I’m not talking about the Donald, here. Apprenticeship, probably the earliest form of an internship, is a system developed in the Middle Ages where master craftsmen took in young helpers for cheap labor and trained their charges in return. When I think of apprentices, Michelangelo toiling away as a boy in Ghirlandaio’s workshop in Florence always comes to mind. Apprenticeship is still thriving today, most often in “hands-on” trades such as the culinary arts, carpentry, clothing design, etc.

Practicum
Latin for practice (that's 4 years of Latin for ya). Practica are often undertaken by students in consultation with their academic advisors in order to gain real-world experience for an academic project or major.

Cooperative Education (Co-op)
Co-ops usually involve a partnership between a student, an employer and a university and are often taken for academic credit. Many universities are starting to require semester long co-ops with local businesses near campus. Co-ops are great ways for businesses and students alike to ‘test drive’ each other before officially signing on.

Field Experience
No, you won’t necessarily find yourself out in some field on this type of internship, but out of all the categories, it’s the most likely as field experience is primarily associated with practical experience in the world of science and sociology. In most cases, interns undertaking ‘field experience’ are observing and collecting data for research purposes.

Externship
Not ready to commit to a specific career field just yet? Or maybe you don’t have a whole summer or semester to devote to an internship? An externship is ideal for you. Really just a short internship, externships are often taken during summer or winter breaks from school. My externship in college lasted one week (they usually max out at 3 weeks) and was a great way to shadow an office and get a feel for a typical day on the job. But don’t underestimate the value of this abbreviated experience. I still keep in touch with the office where I ‘externed’ years ago. Make a good impression and treat this as a job. While they may not hire you, they might know someone who will.

Service Learning
Just like it sounds, this type of internship involves serving individuals or groups in a local community. For instance, we offer a service learning project in Ecuador where we send groups of high school and college students to work with underprivileged children in Quito, the capital city. Our students also perform service learning projects side-by-side with conservation scientists in the Amazon rainforest – a great way to learn while serving (and preserving!) native plants. This is where service learning and field work meet in the middle. You can learn a lot about yourself while helping others.

No matter what you call it, an internship is an invaluable way to complement your studies, boost your résumé and just plain figure out what you want to do when you grow up.
Most university and college career departments have resources that can help you determine which of the above (and maybe even some not included above) types of internships are best for you. And don’t think you have to just be in school to take part in an internship. In fact, we have helped hundreds of students who have recently graduated and want to get some real world, international experience.

There’s something out there for you and we hope we can help. Be sure to check out “5 Points to Understanding Internships Abroad,” a helpful article published by IIE Passport and written by our very own Marc Cappelletti.

Posted by Mike

Global Experiences provides customized international internships, teaching English abroad certification courses, fashion experiences, high school service learning programs and other unique international experiences.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Travel Podcasts

Whenever I’m traveling to a new place, I find that setting out without a map, invariably getting lost, is actually an interesting way to learn about where I am. I’ve found the same to be true while searching for information online or new media on my trusty iTunes. This week I randomly discovered National Geographic Podcasts. The helpful folks at National Geo have created 12 separate Podcasts covering all forms of travel related interests, and offer them for FREE on whatever webcasting tool you use.

Download World Music with artist interviews and National Geo News; in-depth travel pieces and interviews. There are a ton of episodes to choose from. You can even get Free videos to download onto your iPod and watch whenever you want. I just finished watching the sun set in Antarctica from a research camera on the back of a leopard seal. Wow. Just go to http://www.nationalgeographic.com/podcasts/index.html or search for National Geographic in your webcast player.

And with a Podcast entitled Walks of a Lifetime, I may just find some new places to get lost.

Posted by Marc

Labels: ,

Monday, November 20, 2006

GE Interns Make the News

Afraid of going abroad and fetching coffee (err, caffe' ) on your internship? See what some Global Experiences interns have been up to this year:

  • Fashion Journalism intern, Anna, published her first article in Virtual Haircare Magazine in Sydney, Australia. [Click on What's New Section and article profiling the Joh Bailey launch.] And Anna tells us there's more to come.

  • Cassandra, a Public Relations intern in Florence has been published in the Florentine online magazine, Florence For Fun, with her unique take on La Dolce Vita.

  • Take a look at what Kristen, a Fashion intern in Florence, Italy has to say about Italian fashion in her article, Runway Rundown.

Are you making the news on your internship? Or maybe you're back home and doing something interesting with what you learned abroad? Drop us a line and let us know what you've been up to.

- Posted by Mike

Global Experiences provides customized international internships, teaching English abroad certification courses, fashion experiences, high school service learning programs and other unique international experiences.

Labels: , , , ,

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Can I afford an international internship?

We get this question a lot. Check out this new site for various funding options for study abroad and international internships: studyabroadfunding.org.

Labels: , ,