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Funding Your Child’s Gap Year: Should You Help?

It’s likely that among your first concerns, when your young person brought up the idea of traveling for a year, was cost. I know it is always my first question when my teens have approached us with the dream of a summer hopping trains across Europe, or buses across America, or crossing the Mediterranean and[…]

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How to Survive Language Barriers: 5 Strategies for Better Communication

Last September, I packed my bags and left the only home I’d ever known, San Francisco, and landed in Senegal where I’d be living for the next 8 months during my Global Citizen Year. After a month of cultural training and language lessons in French, I learn that I will be placed into a homestay[…]

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Why Travel is the Best Teacher You Can Give Your Kids

What makes a good teacher? Is it their clearly communicated objectives? Is it their organization, their clever activities/games, or their mastery of the subject matter? Is it their ability to make strong relationships with their students? While all of the above are incredibly important and positively impact a student’s ability to grasp and retain concepts[…]

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Culture Shock in Ecuador

    Perhaps, one of the reasons why I have had such difficulty adjusting to my community in the province of Cañar, southern Ecuador, is that I come from the privileged background of never having been negatively defined because of my appearance or nationality. And all the workshops and preparation in the world could not have prepared[…]