Study, Intern, or Volunteer: Which Program is Right for You?
Today’s study abroad opportunities are limitless. In addition to conventional study abroad programs, students (and graduates!) now have the choice between a myriad of other program types as well. From internships to volunteer programs, students have the unique opportunity to find a program that directly caters to them. The question is – how do you know which program to choose? Below are a few benefits and features of each program type to help guide you in your search for the perfect program.
1. Study Abroad
Typical lengths: Summer, Semester, Academic Year, J-Term, May Term
Today’s conventional study abroad programs offer courses in everything from Anthropology to Distilling. Gone are the days when students from only a handful of academic disciplines were able to study abroad. Nowadays, students looking to earn credit towards their major or fulfill general university requirements have the opportunity to choose from a variety of available courses and programs. If you have a set timeframe in which to study abroad – a semester, for example – or you’re interested in studying a variety of subjects then a study program may be the best fit for you.
Length: 2 – 12 weeks
Volunteer opportunities offer individuals of all ages the opportunity to travel abroad for a shorter timeframe. Participants have the chance to choose between everything from assisting a local wildlife organization to teaching English at a nearby school. Volunteer projects are typically short-term, incredibly immersive, and allow participants the chance to make a difference in their host country. Volunteering abroad is a great fit for students interested in a meaningful experience during a school break, those who feel passionately about a specific cause and individuals who may not be eligible for traditional study abroad programs (i.e. retirees, high school graduates, families, etc.).
Length: 1 – 6 months
Internships programs have become increasingly available over the years. With a wide range of options for professional fields, locations, and timeframes, individuals have a lot of choices! These programs are all about expanding your knowledge within your field and gaining hands-on experience in a new setting. We recommend intern abroad programs for students interested in learning more about a particular field and recent graduates looking to gain professional experience before entering the workforce. With many options for start dates and durations, individuals can choose to go for one month, a semester, six months, or anywhere in between.
Posted by World Endeavors on April 10, 2015
World Endeavors believes that international travel has the power to change lives, broaden horizons, and deepen intercultural understanding. The world is undergoing rapid changes, with societies becoming more interconnected and environmentally aware; at the same time a more challenging global economy inspires in many a need to reach out and make a positive difference while seeking personal growth opportunities. There has never been a better time than now to travel abroad.