Despite what many think, it is fairly easy to step off of a plane and land in a new country. If you’re lucky enough to have the finances and a couple of vacation days, you can try and soak up as much of a new place as you can in a couple jet-lagged days and staying long-term in a hostel or hotel like other tourists. You can visit the main attractions, eat the famous meals, and marvel at how different the world can look far from home. With a new stamp in your passport, you can feel proud that you went and explored another part of the world. You can check that country off your list—you’ve been to a new place. But have you really understood it? Continue reading
There’s something nobody tells you about before you take off on your first big trip overseas. I think that’s because most of us who have experienced it still struggle to put it into words, or to even fully comprehend what happened to us. And after some time has passed, we forget about it entirely. But the truth is, returning home after teaching abroad is hard. It’s worse for those who travel to cultures vastly different from their own, but it’s still true for Americans who venture to Australia, for example.
The good news? It’s still entirely worth it. Continue reading