Studying abroad involves any form of overseas experience ranging from classroom based learning, to short programs, to independent research to internship programs. Volunteering is working for good will, may involve payment but not guaranteed to the international labor organization standards. Working abroad involves employing your career skills in a country that you did not leave and learn from, your mother country.
The benefits of studying, volunteering and working abroad include; it helps one to focus career and academic goals, teaches one to interact with people of diverse cultures, learning abroad enables one to learn In world renowned learning Centre, it also helps one unleash untapped potential, working abroad increase social network ties among different regions and it strengthens ones resume.
How to study, volunteer or work abroad.
Before embarking on this remember to define your objectives by considering your reasons for wanting to volunteer study or work abroad. Then you need to visit a travel advisory office for orientation and information. Adviser offices also help you to get course approval. Then there is the application stage whereby you get information about applying to programs and having them approved, getting a passport and financial aid.
Cost and Funding.
For studying one can land merit based partial or full scholarships or grants based on need. Volunteers are mainly maintained by the organization they work for. If working abroad then the salary given is as defined by job description and academic qualification of the country.
Changing location of living entails alteration of one’s lifestyle. You should be ready to deal with the dynamics involved you should d therefore prepare for;
Due to the varying climates across the globe always fully prepare for the climate. This may be through changing of your clothes to suit the weather.
Different places have varying national and or official languages. If they differ then,
You will have an option of either getting an interpreter or learning the language.
Each country has its own currency of trade. Some can be used in more than one country. Find out the currency used and change your local currency for immediate use before you travel. This helps you not to be stranded when you get to destination.
Visas vary depending on your nationality and how long you intend to work or study. The purpose of the visas can give access to some jobs as some countries give work permits or restrain students from working before a specified period elapses or a given academic qualification. Be sure to get the right visa early enough.
Make prior arrangements for accommodation. This highly depends on your financial ability. Make online reservations online or arrange with a travel advisory company to provide the service.
Communication lines vary so get information on the most convenient way to keep in touch while traveling and when settled in the place you work or study.
Food culture and activities
Staple foods vary globally. Availability also varies with demand. Get information on the foods available where you intend to relocate to. If varying greatly try to get acclimatized to them early or carry some to help you settle.
Dress code largely varies with a country. This may be influenced by weather, or religion. Before departure make sure you have the information on the standard clothes acceptable in the place you are going.
The experience of being away from home involves a delicate balance of making new friends and keeping touch with the old ones far away. Social media like Google plus, twitter, facebook, linkeden will help you with this.