Thursday, September 8, 2011

International Education Week, Around the Mountain She Comes!

New business cards for the new job!
I'm quickly realizing it's harder than I thought to keep up with my personal blog, in addition to my new job responsibilities. If I thought I previously knew what time management was, this new venture is certainly making me work hard to prove it's the truth. Like every challenge, though, I wouldn't have it any other way. Where would the fun be in that?

But enough about me! I'm excited to help spread the word with this particular post about the upcoming 2011 International Education Week. If you've never heard of it, this week is an opportunity to promote international education and exchange worldwide. Like every other professional working in the international education industry, this week is a big one to look forward to. Why? Read on to find out!

Even if you aren't involved in the industry on a professional level, we're all drawn to travel and the appeal it holds is undeniable. But there is more to it than that. International education takes the idea of "travel" and gives it a meaningful purpose--where every individual can make a difference. Whether you choose to study abroad, volunteer, intern or teach abroad, there are so many opportunities out there waiting for YOU to take hold of them.

Throughout the annual International Education Week (Nov. 14 - 18, 2011) there is a chance to get involved and celebrate this exchange of global experiences. I'm not saying IED is the only week you should celebrate cultural exchanges, but this occasion will bring people together from all around the world. Why not allow your own voice to be heard?

It's easier than you think, too. The IED website lists events by country to participate in, ways to request speakers and even suggested activities--which are as simple as global trivia nights and or an internationally-themed dinner. The choice is up to you!

In other news, and along these same lines, my company GoAbroad will be attending a multitude of study abroad fairs and international education conferences. If you're a student, traveler or program provider, check out where GoAbroad will be this fall and let's try to connect. Ever since I was able to meet so many awesome industry people at NAFSA in Vancouver, I've been really looking forward to this time of year.

Until then, cheers and happy traveling!