We are pleased to share our biannual “roundup” of the best blog posts for 2019. We are halfway through 2019, and here is what our readers’ and writers have been talking about for the beginning half of the year! If you’d like a reminder, here is the 2018 roundup post.
We started this tradition last year and received great feedback from our writers and readers. We have decided to post this twice a year as a review and refresher so that we can see what is trending on our site. You decide what the trends are and can send us some feedback! Be part of our community and help us shape the lives of those who are traveling abroad to enrich their lives with adventure.
William Bruce recently returned from a six-month backpacking trip in southeast Asia. His first article explains the steps required to begin this excursion. William lives in a suburb outside of London and planned his trip according to the guidelines that adhere to a British passport holder. Nonetheless, the article is a must-read for all passport holders that plan go backpacking.
William explains the intricate details you need to know before you go backpacking for six months or longer. For example, renew your passport! He talks about vaccinations, travel insurance, and apps on your phone that you might need while you are traveling. Finally, he provides a resourceful list of things he encountered while on his journey of do’s and don’ts. He encourages feedback and commentary. If you have read his list or have any comments, please share with our community and continue to follow William Bruce as his backpacking journey continues to unfold.
Teach Abroad is where Dreams Abroad began back in the fall of 2016. Following Ryan Gomez’s teaching interviews has been a popular experience on our site. Ryan started his journey with us with pre-departure posts while at FSU with Leesa Truesdell.
In this post, Ryan discusses teaching at his school, how he plans lessons, what methods of teaching are used, and much more. He explains what he has learned most about himself (here’s a hint — it starts with a pat; requires kindergarteners to learn it). Ryan talks about learning the language, his new friends, and of course, his students that adore him. Be sure to check out this top five post so that you can be caught up for Ryan’s final interview coming up this summer.
Emily moved to Southeast Asia in January 2019. Since that time, she has been wandering, exploring, and doing exactly what she is supposed to be doing — living. In this post, she arranged a homestay with Duara Travels. This company assisted Emily with accommodations for a homestay in the province of Chiang Mai, Thailand. The province village where she stayed was called Tung Lakorn. She stayed for several nights and much to her surprise found more western amenities than she had expected. She was greeted with a toilet and filtered drinking water. Although, wifi was not readily available.
Emily’s experience opens up your mind and heart to the life of a farming village that sustains itself through agriculture. Her homestay experience draws upon spending time with the locals in the market. She learns the traditional customs of the locals who she explains are unapologetically themselves in her presence. Emily’s blog post gives our readers’ a glimpse into the traditional sustainable ways of life in a Thai farming village. Be sure to check out this post!
Zoe Ezecials is a senior at Florida State University and studied abroad in South Korea. Her blog post ranks in the top five because of Zoe’s unique choice of studies. She is from Sarasota, Florida and is double majoring in both Theatre and Communication and Media Studies. Her VLOG explains her number one tip for studying abroad, which is to look for scholarships wherever you can. She says when studying abroad you can find funding at your home university but also, at the university and perhaps in the country where you will be studying. Zoe was able to secure funding through the South Korean government and also, through Florida State University (her home university). More information on our We Study participants and interviews can be found here.
We Teach is Dreams Abroad’s series where we interview American ESL and TEFL teachers about their experiences in the USA classrooms or online. In Caroline’s first interview, we meet Caroline and she explains the differences between foreign language students and ESL students. She offers guidance to teachers who are about to teach others from other cultural backgrounds. Most importantly, she discusses the challenges she has seen her international students encounter. In addition, she offers guidance on the challenges she faces as a teacher who works with international students.
This is the first interview of many that we will have with Caroline since her role as an adjunct professor has not officially started. In the meantime, Caroline is teaching online classes that she will be informing us about from time to time. She also has been teaching for several years and the depth of her knowledge in language learning is apparent. We can see why this interview is in our top five viewed!
Our Readers Decide Who Make the Top Five
Stay tuned for our winter roundup of the best 2019 blog posts in December. You (our readers’) decide who makes the top five by reading our content. Each time you read or click on a post, we appreciate it. In addition, thank you for reading and being part of our community. If there are other things you would like to know from any of our writers, please send us an e-mail or leave a comment. We will share your feedback with them.