Posts Tagged "gap year"

Not Goodbye, Just “Vi Ses!”

August 9, 2016
Billy LePage

Taylor just recently returned from a year-long individual Quest to Copenhagen, Denmark. She stayed with a host family and spent her time teaching at a school in the Filipskolen community. Taylor chronicled her time abroad on her blog, A Writer’s Wanderlust. Enjoy her ode to a city that she loves and the cross-cultural relationships she formed there.    “Life might be difficult for a while, but I would tough it out because living in a foreign country is one of those things everyone should try at least once. My understanding was that it completed a person, sanding down the rough edges and transforming you into a citizen of the world” – David Sedaris Denmark I’m leaving a piece of me with you today; a large part…

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5 Tips for LGBT Travelers Abroad

July 21, 2016
Billy LePage

Spending time abroad is an incredible experience; it is transformative, immersive, and challenging all at once. The challenges it presents are often a source of growth, and vary from person to person. Navigating those difficult feelings, like initial culture shock or homesickness, is an important step towards becoming a global citizen. Since the sociopolitical climate for LGBT people is different internationally, travelers need to take into account how their sexuality and/or gender identity may affect their experience. Here at United Planet the safety of our volunteers is of the utmost importance, so read up on some tips for the best possible experience. Do your research Being aware of cultural differences when it comes to gender and sexuality is very important….

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Meet Chauncey – Volunteer in Peru & Ecuador

June 30, 2016
Billy LePage

Meet Chauncey Stephens: a self-proclaimed member of “Team United Planet,” who fostered personal growth and deep connections through cultural immersion on three different Quests in Ecuador and Peru. Her first experience with us was through CHANGE Break, a student organization at Louisiana State University. Chauncey embarked on her first Quest to Peru in the summer of 2013 as a first-time international traveler. She was bright eyed and eager to experience a new country and many new cultures. As it was her first time out of the country, Chauncey experienced culture shock; she struggled to understand what was happening around her because the context was so different than her own. The language barrier in particular proved difficult to navigate. However, Chauncey remained open-minded in…

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3 Amazing Reasons to Take a Gap Year Abroad

June 13, 2016
Alina Perkins

1. Form relationships with people you would NEVER have the chance to meet otherwise Taking a gap year abroad allows you to get immersed in the life of the local community and build meaningful relationships. Your Quest will be filled with opportunities to make new friends: they might be other volunteers from all over the world, local community members, the people running your volunteer project, or the community members you’re volunteering with. Your host family may turn into your second family and the country of your gap year may turn into your second home. Elizabeth Mulroy spent a life-changing year in Kenya working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. She was able to foster relationships with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Let’s take a glimpse at her blog:…

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Update from the Field: Taylor P.

Update from the Field: Taylor P.

March 8, 2016
John Trugler

Taylor P. is on a year-long Quest in Copenhagen, Denmark working as an English teacher in a small school. We caught up with Taylor, who was kind enough to share some of her amazing experiences with us!     United Planet: Tell me about your Quest and overall experience. Taylor: It’s no exaggeration to say that the past seven months have been the best seven months of my adult life. I feel at home here in Denmark and at my project; it was meant to be. I have been welcomed and accepted so warmly by everyone that I’ve met that I feel like I’ve always lived here and been a part of the school. I haven’t really experienced the homesickness that I was…

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Discover the Best Abroad Experience for You

April 21, 2015
Erika Batiz

While one of the hardest parts about going abroad is deciding to go, the next step can be sometimes even more complicated: picking what kind of experience you want. It’s not hard to know that you want to travel, but there are so many adventures to choose from. Check out this handy flowchart to decide which experience is right for you, then keep scrolling to get tips on how to get started planning your journey. If you got: Volunteer Abroad A good option for anyone who wants to make a difference, it is easy to personalize your journey and tailor it to your specific needs and interests. Description: Although volunteering abroad is not directly education or career-focused, it is a fantastic…

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