What Happens When You Catch the Travel Bug Early

By: Sophia Skaff

What inspired me to teach abroad?

I grew up in a multi-cultural family. My mom is Greek, and my dad is Lebanese-American. Both cultures were entwined into my home life. My mom always cooked amazing Greek and Lebanese food. We would spend summer vacations in Greece to visit my grandparents and other family members. I loved everything about those trips, the different foods, people, and language. The beauty of Greece with its crystal-clear waters and white stucco houses. As well as the small mountain-side village where my grandparents lived. There, I would pick fresh figs from the trees and play with my grandma’s kittens in the beautiful grape-vine covered garden.

Living a Memorable Life: My Teaching Journey from Latin America to Spain

By: Laura Hoppe

La vida no es la que uno vivió, sino la que uno recuerda y cómo la recuerda para contarla. Gabriel García Márquez (known as “Gabo”), one of Colombia’s most beloved authors, once wrote this very sentence. “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”

 

Moving Past Day #365: What to Do After Your Year Teaching Abroad

By: Olivia Flores

I think a lot of U.S. Americans see teaching abroad as a young-adult, one-year phase. You go, take pictures, relax, and reluctantly post about coming back to the “real world.” And although teaching abroad may very well include a lot of those things (especially way too many pictures), it shouldn’t be something we discredit as frivolous or irrelevant. Teaching abroad is an investment in yourself and your community--a valuable experience not to be taken lightly. However, with most of my friends graduating from medical school and getting accepted to PhD programs, it was difficult even for me to feel like I was moving forward, taking real steps towards a worthwhile future, while abroad and away from my community in Chicago. Without the security of a new degree title and even a steady American income, I admit I was worried to continue living abroad. But I had more compelling reasons to stay.