Culturosity® Learning Center: Travel & Study Abroad

You can travel and then you can Travel. The opportunities to travel today would make the heads spin of early explorers. These days, international travel is easier, cheaper, and more in-depth than just a few years ago. Next time you plan to travel or study abroad, think outside the box about what you want to do while you are abroad. These resources will help. We care about sites that, from a Culturosity® perspective, help create dynamic, deep cultural experiences, and we've listed our favorites here. If you find a great site that we haven't listed, spread the word and post your recommendation at our forum .

Organized Travel

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Culture Xplorers (www.culturexplorers.com). If you're going to travel to Central or South America, travel with Culture Xplorers. Founders Jim Kane and Michael Murphy make travel what it should be--about  connecting with people, experiencing local traditions and festivals, and building understanding. Their motto says it all, "Get real. Get close."

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ShawGuides (culture.shawguides.com). Arguably the largest collection of cultural travel tours. Search by country, date, season or one of the ShawGuide Cultural Travel focuses which includes culture, performing arts, sports, world affairs, and architecture and design.

 

Independent Travel

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Virtual Tourist (www.virtualtourist.com). Planning your own travels? Use the power of the Internet to gather real data and solid tips about your upcoming travels from experienced travelers. The best way to get off the beaten path is to get on the travel tips bandwagon.

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What's on When? (www.whatsonwhen.com). Use this constantly updated site to find out about local events while you're traveling. They feature all kinds of entertainment, from food events to religious festivals, to the adventurous and the bizarre. A great way to get immersed in local culture.

 

Study Abroad

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WorldSmart Leadership Program (www.upwithpeople.org). It's the "Semester at Sea" type program that you can be proud to feature on your resume. Travel for one semester to over 18 cities and 7 countries while developing essential skills for the 21st century workplace, including global competencies, communication skills, and social responsibility. Up with People redefines what studying abroad is about.

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The Center for Global Education (www.lmu.edu/globaled/now). Hear from students, parents, business professionals, and political leaders about all the reasons studying abroad is an essential part of a solid education and a bright future.

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What's Up with Culture? (www.pacific.edu/sis/culture/). So you've decided to study abroad and want to make the most of your experience. Do you know about culture shock? Do you know how to make your transition easier and your experience richer? This site is a self-guided guide to prepare you for a dynamic experience abroad.

International Service

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nGo Abroad (www.nGoAbroad.com). nGo Abroad is a referral service that custom fits your skills, interests and goals to international humanitarian needs. The program is designed to enable individuals with experience and expertise in different areas to apply their skills to global humanitarian efforts.

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