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Study Abroad Alternative – Teach English in Thailand, Get on TV !

(Paris is awesome…but look at Thailand. Photo by karibuworld.com)

Studying abroad is a great opportunity that I hope every American college student takes part in, but sometimes you can find an equally engaging opportunity abroad that isn’t a study abroad. I’m talking about working and living abroad. I recently came across a casting call for Millenial Americans (that’s you!) to teach English in Thailand for a new TV show that’s coming out. This is a great opportunity to work and live abroad, to immerse into another culture, and to gain that global experience needed for today’s workforce. If you’re on the fence about studying abroad, not sure if you want to go college, or are looking for a job post college – check it out and apply! If you’re interested, check out the information below that I copied from their website’s press release. But act fast! The deadline to apply is next week.

travel(Build a network, grow as a person, gain international working experience,  immerse into another culture. Photo by www.pinterest.com)



 Now Casting Young AMERICAN Millennials Who Dream of Teaching English Abroad!


Relativity Media is casting a new TV show all about young adults who are ready to plunge into a whole new lifestyle! We want to document what it’s like to pick up and move to a different country where the culture is completely different than in America. We will follow your life as you work, live, party, and explore Chiang Mai, Thailand!

Have you always been the person who dreams of experiencing different cultures rather than settling down right away with a 9-5 job and a white picket fence?

Do you feel like America doesn’t offer the kind of “fish-out-of-water” experiences you want to live out in your twenties?

Have you and your friends talked about living and working in a different country but money is holding you back?

Whether you’ve been laid off, on an endless job search, unhappy with the cookie cutter lifestyle you’ve created for yourself, can’t stand to go to one more wedding, or just feel like you’re not feeding your desire to be adventurous– we want to help you finally make the move you’ve always dreamed of!

We are now looking for young adults between the ages of 18-30 who feel that right now is the time for them to pack up their lives and move to Chiang Mai, Thailand! We will help introduce you to companies who will help you find a job as an English Teacher and also help set you up with housing.

If you are interested please send the following info to: Luli.Batista@rtvshows.com

- Name and age

- Occupation or major

- Current City (only Americans please) and your hometown

- Phone number

- Two recent photos of just you

- Why you want to teach in Thailand/ what’s at stake in leaving?

Media Contact:

Luli Batista

Relativity Television



323-860-8974 Direct Line

Here is the official PDF for additional information.

Bonne chance!

You are your own best company and other reasons why being alone is important

(photo by: marcyfarrey.com)

If you’re like most twenty-somethings, your main goal is to be social. How can it not be? People have become so dedicated to the idea of being social, websites were created so that you can be social with people in different cities and even countries! Being social or as I like to call it the trend against alone time is the thing to do. But what is the international backlash against being alone? I personally don’t understand it, especially since it is an important aspect of being an adult as well as a key component of the study abroad experience.

In a Google Alert notice in my inbox (seriously- if you haven’t done this already in your Gmail email account you need to. It’s great because the topics that interest you come straight to your email), a head line caught my eye. It read “Why Being Alone is Good- The Most Important Lesson I Learned While Studying Abroad.” The article is written by Lane Florsheim who is a freelance writer. Lane studied abroad in Paris for a semester and lived with a host family. She didn’t live alone and had made friends in her program with whom she hung out often but there was one critical weekend where she decided to be alone; and it changed her life forever. The way she describes this weekend, it was a chance for her to really discover who she was, that it is ok to be alone and how you can still have fun by yourself. Lane’s time in Paris comes to end and she finds herself in NYC after college. Being familiar and unafraid of being alone has made her a more independent and stronger woman and it all comes from her study abroad experience.

Discover-yourself(Finding your comfortable with being alone is powerful. Photo by: www.lifestyleupdated.com)

You see, Lane had never really been alone. In college she lived with a bunch of roommates with whom she was always doing things with. She didn’t do things solo until her study abroad. Although Lane had a very different experience with her host family situation than I did in Paris, her story still shows that studying abroad is very much a solo experience. It is often the first time that we are physically alone, thousands of miles away from everyone we know. Even if you know someone in your program or make a friend quickly, everyone’s experience is unique to them. You’ll have similar stories but no one will have your same exact story and in that sense studying abroad is very much a solo experience.

Before I went abroad, I didn’t have many friends so I always assumed that I was a natural at being alone and would do just fine in Paris. However, I was mistaken. Just because I spent time alone doesn’t mean that I was comfortable or confident in spending time alone. I had never eaten out at a restaurant alone, or gone to a museum or most importantly knew how to cheer myself up when I was feeling glum. Being alone is a fundamental part of the studying abroad- it’s one of the ways that makes it a life changing experience. You learn the most about yourself- your strengths, your weaknesses, new talents, interests as well as gain confidence and strength through spending time with yourself. Although I want every study abroad student to make friends, it’s also important to embrace the solo aspect of this experience.


5 Signs Your Medical Condition is Too Serious to Study Abroad

 (photo by: eogroup.biz)

Deciding that studying abroad is right for you is a big decision, especially when it comes to your health. Most students don’t think their health or medication regimen has anything to do with their study abroad choice but it does. There are articles online telling students to go abroad at any cost but I think it’s important to acknowledge when studying abroad isn’t worth risking your health. Let’s take a look at 5 signs your medical condition should keep you at home.

1)      You have to get blood work monthly: Some medical conditions require constant monitoring with you going to a lab every month for blood work. Trying to squeeze lab work abroad between classes and figuring out the host culture/language would be a nightmare on your schedule. It would also be extremely difficult to try to coordinate with your health insurance to pay a foreign lab on a monthly basis, not to mention could be pricey too if you have to pay out of pocket each time before your insurance could reimburse you or the lab. Remember, you are not eligible for universal healthcare in the host country as a foreign student, especially if you are not working there.

2)      You have to visit your doctor monthly: Do you visit your doctor every month for a check up on your condition? If so, this is a good indication that studying abroad is probably not right for you. Your program may be able to recommend a physician abroad or there may even be one on campus but remember this doctor is not familiar with you and your history. You would have to start from the very beginning with this new doctor and bring your entire medical file with you (it may even need to be translated). If your medical condition needs to be monitored closely, it’s a good idea to stay close to the doctor who knows you best.

3)      You take medication intravenously: Bringing your Rx with you abroad can be tricky but it can be even trickier if it’s an intravenous medication. If the thought of you being interrogated by TSA and foreign customs on the syringe in your bag isn’t bad enough, think about how you will maintain your medication abroad. Some intravenous medication needs to be kept refrigerated which is not ideal when you’re sharing a super tiny fridge with strangers who speak a different language. If this is how you take your medication, please talk with your program coordinator, your doctor as well as visit travel.state.gov for more information to determine if your medication is allowed in the country and if there are any pill alternatives.

syringe(photo by:www.onclive.com)

4)      Your condition just got out of remission: Anyone who has ever gone through remission of their medical condition can tell you that you’re not quite out of the woods. Remission means that you still have to be monitored closely by your doctor as well as have follow-up tests to ensure that you stay on the path to permanent recovery. If you’re overseas, it will be hard for your doctor to help you stay healthy.

5)      Stress can trigger an attack: The experience of transitioning into a new culture, language, college experience, a city environment or living with a host family can be stressful. If your condition can be affected by stress to cause an attack, a relapse, or any medical problems/ complications, you may need to rethink studying abroad.

The best way to find out if studying abroad is right for your health is to ask your doctor. Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity but so is your life! It’s important to not risk your health. If your doctor deems your medical condition ok for going overseas, you should wear a bracelet at all times that briefly details your medical condition, your medication name and dose (generic and brand), your doctor’s name and contact info, and allergies. Please list this information in English and the host language. It’s also a good idea to give your program director abroad this information so that someone abroad has it in the event of an emergency.


3 Ways You Never Considered Going Abroad (But should!)

(Photo by: www.searchjobsabroad.com)

Andrea’s note: On July 9th, Meaghan put her study abroad advisor hat on and shared with us the Ins and Outs of Choosing a Study Abroad Program. What you might not have known is that studying isn’t the only way you can go abroad during college. Check out these 3 ways you never considered going abroad but totally should- by Meaghan Murphy.

Internships Abroad – Working overseas for a short period of time with the goal being hands on work experience, training, and networking rather than making a salary. By interning abroad, you can test out a new interest or determine whether a certain profession is the best career choice for you

Teach Abroad – You spend a chunk of time overseas working with the local population and teaching them about your own culture and language. The countries vary as does the age of the population you work with, what’s included within your program and what type of salary you would get from teaching overseas

Volunteer Abroad – Basically what it says – you’re spending some time abroad volunteering with local projects. Often you pay a provider to connect you with a local group and you fly over and work with that particular group on a project. Countries, projects, prices, and time commitment vary by provider or organization

Miss America Building

(Volunteering abroad is a great opportunity. Photo by: www.examiner.com)

Now for my suggestions:

There are a ton of resources available to you. My first suggestion is to sit down and ask yourself exactly what you want out of a program; here are a few ideas of which questions to consider:

  • How long do you want to be away? (A few weeks, few months, as long as possible?)
  • Which part of the world do you want to be in? (Close to the USA? Somewhere that doesn’t speak English? A traditional hot spot like the UK or Spain or Italy?)
  • Do you want to take classes with other Americans or with local students?
  • What do you want included in the program – housing, field trips, meals?


Next, speak with someone who can help you narrow down your options.

Academic Advising

(Talking to your advisor is a great start! Photo by: www.collegemagazine.com)

  • The majority of colleges and universities in the US will have someone who can advise on study abroad options.
  • Visit your study abroad or stop by the study abroad fair and speak with any of the numerous representatives.
  • If that doesn’t work, there are a couple of websites that can help narrow down the options. Those sites are goabroad.com, ratemystudyabroad.com, Abroad101.com.
  • Speak with your friends and classmates – odds are at least one of them has studied abroad and they can help point you in the right direction
  • Ask your faculty advisors if they have any recommendations on programs to fit your major or your interests

It’s never too early to start planning, so start thinking about it now and start looking at the options available to you!


Meaghan Murphy

Meaghan found her passion for travel after a high school trip to Italy and Greece; since then she’s studied abroad in New Zealand for a semester, has worked abroad in Scotland for 3 months, and has visited Australia, England, and Canada. After graduating from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Meaghan completed her Master’s Degree in International education from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. She currently works at University of Hartford in the International Programs Office and really enjoys speaking with students interested in traveling abroad.