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So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jan 09, 2016 /
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Have you ever wondered what it would REALLY be like to live in Africa? Not the Africa of tourists, or the Africa of locals (because we’re not locals), but the Africa of an expat. I have wondered about Africa, because I was an expat in Japan, which is also radically different from the US. What is it like to live in a completely different culture than your own? What cultural adjustments will you have to make, what will surprise you, and what impact will your time in Africa have, when you return home? 

Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul

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It’s true: everyone loves Istanbul. Those that have been can’t wait to go back, again and again. They tell their friends (like I am always telling you!), and more and more people head to Istanbul first, and then explore other areas of this remarkable country. But what would it be like to actually live there? 

Inside Out in Istanbul

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It must be known by all and sundry by now – I’m in love with Turkey. A recent trip highlighted to me what many of my friends and family already know – that Turkey is an amazing country to explore, and that Istanbul is just as magical as one can imagine. 

Working on the Road: The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom

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I know that from speaking with thousands of our Wandering Educators, this group sure can dream of working on the road. Whether it is on sabbatical, becoming a digital nomad, realizing your writing goals, or focusing on international education abroad, there are many, MANY ways to work abroad. But it’s often very difficult to figure out HOW.

How to find fellow expats

by Corey Sebens / Apr 18, 2011 /

One of the hardest things about teaching English in Central and Eastern Europe, especially if you're in a rural area, is finding other native English speakers to engage with. I didn't realize the effect that this had on me until about 3 months in to my stay. I was anxious to discuss things with fellow Americans and find out if any people lived by me the rural area I lived in. Then, I met a girl from Minnesota who lived in a small town just 40km away from me. A 640 forint bus ride away! If you're looking to teach English in Central/Eastern Europe, the following resources are

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