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Transitions Abroad Magazine January/February Vol. XXXVII, NO. 4

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Information Exchange

Traveler’s Almanac

Independent Traveler
A Micronesian Paradise Tom Booth
The Soul of India Alex Elgar
The Dominican Republic Barbara Gail Warden
Going Deep in Poland Jim Kane
Finland’s Winter Wonderland Brent Cassidy
Public Baths in Korea Lynne Davis
Singapore to Chiang-Mai John P. Seely
Africa’s Gay Capital Harry Preston
Monastery Stays Near Kathmandu Mary Ann Davis
Around the World Travel Tim Leffel
Tip #6 Don’t Carry the Whole Book Jeff Goldman

Back Door Travel
What’s Hot in Europe Rick Steves

Living Abroad
What It Takes to Live and Work Abroad Celeste Heiter

Jobs Abroad
Directory of Key Employers Susan Griffith
Key Websites and Print Resources William Nolting

Alternative Travel Directory of Programs

Working Traveler: Teach Abroad
What to Expect, How to Prepare for Teaching English Abroad Randall Davis
Teach English in Thailand Paul Carpenter
Teaching English in Chile Britta-Lis Perry
ESL Teaching in Madrid Katalyn Vidal
Hong Kong Needs Teachers
Czech Republic Wants English Speakers Arie Farnam

International Careers
Running Your Own Business in France Robert C. Diemer
Starting a Business in Japan Pia Musngi

Education Abroad
Go For the Full Degree Everett Sizemore
Extracurriculars Abroad Leah Bloom

Program News & Notes


Transitions Abroad
You’re Never Too Old Betsy Runkle

From the Editor

With a poor economy and high unemployment, now may be a good time to try your hand at working abroad. If you have thought about breaking out of the work-life cycle or if you are a student looking for a working holiday abroad before settling into a career, Susan Griffith’s directory of short-term employers (page 28) will put you in touch with the right people.

Working abroad is an excellent way to get to know a place in-depth, make a difference, and deepen your understanding of a foreign culture. Even with a short-term job you can gain new career skills, improve your foreign language skills, and have a fun and memorable experience. While the possibilities range from au pairing to environmental research to organic farm work, teaching English remains a particularly popular way to start the process. In this issue’s special on Teaching Abroad, you’ll find a number of articles and Participant Stories on teaching in countries like Thailand, Panama, and the Czech Republic. You’ll also find a plethora of past articles, resources, and web links for ESL, TESOL, and TEFL on

Once you’ve gotten your feet wet in the world of working abroad, you might find yourself even more determined to stay overseas and establish a long-term career. One ambitious route is starting your own business, as Robert Diemer and Pia Musngi describe in the International Careers section. Although their articles deal with France and Japan respectively, any would-be international entrepreneur would find their experiences helpful.

For those of us not seeking a working holiday but just an affordable one, this issue’s features on the Asian and South Pacific regions are alluring, as are a few bargain itineraries for some surprisingly more-for-your-money locals like Finland, South Africa, and the Dominican Republic. If time is ample but money is tight, round-the-world-travel might also be your ticket, as our contributing editor Tim Leffel explains in his column.

In the next issue we will turn from working abroad and teaching abroad to studying abroad. We look forward to sharing with you the wealth of educational opportunities available.

Sherry Schwarz

Publisher and Editor
Sherry Schwarz
Founding Editor and Publisher
Dr. Clay A. Hubbs
Web Content Editor
Gregory Hubbs

Contributing Editors
Susan Griffith (Work)
Cynthia Harriman (Family Travel)
Zahara Heckscher (Volunteering)
Ron Mader (Latin America)
Deborah McLaren (Ecotourism)
William Nolting (International Education and Work)
Volker Poelzl (Living)
Kent St. John (Independent Travel)
Rick Steves (Budget Travel)
Tracy Scharn and Pamela Houston (Disability Travel)
Christine Victorino (Volunteering)
Kathy Widing (Travel Books)
Arnie Wills (Senior Travel)

Editorial Assistant
Mary Catherine Maxwell

Advertising Manager
Kate McGrail

Office Manager
Ann Jareckie

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