Posts Tagged "travel abroad"

Meet Towsif, Global Health volunteer in Nepal

September 15, 2016
April Stone

   Towsif Aziz, a senior at University of North Carolina, Greensboro in pre-dental studies, returned in August 2016 from three weeks on a Global Health Quest to Nepal. “I met the most amazing people when in Nepal for three weeks on a Global Health Quest. The staff at Healthy Smiles—a dental clinic in Kathmandu, where I was in service—was fantastic!” Towsif Aziz, a volunteer with United Planet, shares how he was surprised that he felt at home as soon as he arrived in Nepal, both at the clinic where he worked and in his home stay. The fellows, doctors and patients he worked with daily, welcomed him as colleague. “I was never viewed as an outsider or a tourist, I was…

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Tips for Your First Time Abroad

Tips for Your First Time Abroad

July 30, 2015

Going abroad for the first time – especially on your own – is a lot to think about. Between figuring out everything you need to bring, deciding exactly what you want to do while you’re there, and dealing with an entirely new culture, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. Good news though – most of our Boston team has traveled extensively and know a bunch of secrets for making sure your trip not only goes smoothly, but is one of the best experiences of your life. We asked each of them for their number one best tip for first time travelers. 1. Learn some of the language beforehand – and keep learning while you’re there Learning key phrases before you…

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Why United Planet is Different

May 21, 2015

Holly Hornbeck is our Campus Outreach Intern at Bowdoin College and a previous United Planet volunteer. Below, she shares her United Planet journey – and what, in her eyes, set it apart from other programs she’s done. I went on my first volunteer abroad trip the summer after my junior year in high school: the United Planet China Summer Quest. Considering this was my first trip, my family and friends were confused by my decision to go to a place so far away, with a language I didn’t speak and a culture with which I wasn’t very familiar. Since then I’ve also had experiences with other volunteer abroad programs, but I can confidently say that my experience with United Planet will remain…

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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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Travel to Turkey

4 Reasons Turkey Should Be the Next Country You Visit

July 23, 2014
Elif Kaya

Turkey is one of the “must see” places in the Middle East. Every year people travel to see Istanbul, but once they are in Turkey, realize that it’s not all about Istanbul. In fact, there are many other historical and vocational places to visit! Here are four reasons that Turkey should be the next country you visit.

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Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica

In This Jungle, the Wonder Won’t Fade

May 13, 2014

There’s a lot to love about Costa Rica; turquoise waters, white sands, emerald mountains. The sounds and odors stimulate the imagination bringing to mind fantasies of exploration and adventure in a bygone age. Hiking through the rainforest I couldn’t help but conjure up images of those men, trekking through these lush jungles, every sense tuned to the slightest sound or motion, hearts aflame with the strange amalgam of fear and wonder attainable only when we wade waist deep into the unknown. That wonder, that sense of mysterious enchantment, permeates these sun dappled thickets, like the torrential rains that wash and renew the forest, soaking through to nourish each and every leaf, every blade of grass. It is as much a…

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