Monthly Archives: September 2014
Are you dying to travel and want somewhere fun, cultural, historical, and safe? Prefer to speak your own language, but learn a new accent? The iE-USA England Semester Abroad program might be for you! Students live with a British host family in the suburban residential areas of England, and take group excursions every month to the top british destinations such as the Beatles Museum and Manchester United Soccer Fields!
This program is affordable and payment plans can be set up through iE-USA. To find out more information about our program and prices, go to our website. Students should apply approximately 3-4 months in advance of the date they wish to depart. Teens who are between 16-18 are welcome to apply and will be accepted based on maturity level, transcript, willingness to adapt, and overall character.
Make your semester worth it, see the world!
Take the quiz below to see if you are ready to become an exchange student!
Want to add questions? Add them in the Comments section!
1. Do you have maps on your walls instead of pop singers?
2. Is your language class your favorite subject?
3. When others complain about change, do you welcome it?
4. Do you hate monotony or routine?
5. Have you ever thought about the concept “Culture”?
6. Do you hashtag #wanderlust constantly?
7. Are you friends with an exchange student?
8. When you take small trips or travel, do you wish you could learn more about daily life there?
9. Do you enjoy trying new foods?
10. Does it bore you to follow what everyone else is doing?
If you responded ‘Yes’ to two questions or more, then you are ready to become an exchange student!
If you answered ‘No’ to 8 or more, then consider befriending an exchange student, reaching outside your comfort zone, or trying something new this year to test yourself.
(Disclaimer: Obviously this is just a fun game and there are many other ways to decide if you are ready for exchange!)
Whether you are trying to decide on a country to travel to, or how much money to save, or even what the temperature is, the following resources will help you get the low-down on what you need to know (None of these are sponsored links, we just love them!).
- Need a reliable currency conversion website? Try XE. It uses current and updated market rates to give you the most accurate conversion of over 20 different currencies.
- Can’t decide what to pack, have a horrible memory, or it’s your first time traveling solo? Look to Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush for free online packing lists and planning logistics. It will even give you local temperature updates on where you are going, and suggest packing based on what activities you will do! Hint: if you are studying abroad, select “cultural break”.
Hint: Expert travelers know, you ALWAYS pack a maximum of one checked suitcase. Airlines charge many extra fees for two checked bags and often your host family or residence won’t even have room to store two suitcases! You will shop abroad, so don’t bring too many “American” clothes (t-shirts with logos, sweatshirts or sweatpants, and forget the shoes, they take up too much space!).
- Do you learn visually or just love Pinterest? Check out this Pinterest Packing Board: Packing 101
- Want to compare countries and learn more about where you are going? Check out Lonely Planet for the most in depth look at history, culture, climate, the people, and the food. It’s the most trusted travel resource and has information on almost every country in the world.
- Check safety and travel advisories for your country at the Department of State website.
Hint: iE-USA does not send teens to countries with serious travel advisories and has a contingency plan in place if an advisory were to be issued.
- Are you travelling soon and want flight updates? Did you know that there is a free App for Smartphones called FlightAware that not only tells you delays, but also your parents or friends could track where your plane is flying in real time! Google Now Cards (open a Flight Receipt in your email on your phone and it will save it) and Passbook for iPhone also work well!
- Want to become a travel blogger on your study abroad trip? Brush up your blogging skills here: TeenBlogger
Hint: Trying to come up with extra spending money for your trip? If you are an entrepeneur, you could use your travel blog to make money! Travel blogs typically attract more attention then ‘normal’ blogs because they are exciting! Take lots of pictures and keep your posts short but frequent, and keep a positive or humorous attitude!
This past summer, I got the once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Europe. A study abroad program, called International Experience, found me a host family in Germany that invited me to stay with them for two weeks. None of this would have happened if it wasn’t for my Chinese host brother Andy. My family hosted Andy for the spring 2014 semester and he attended our high school. Andy was truly as joy for my family and had a huge influence on my family and his classmates. His experience inspired me to do the same, and travel. I soon had a host family in Germany from the help of iE-USA and I was on my way!
I went to Germany with almost no knowledge of the language, but luckily, my host sister Elli went to a bilingual school and had near perfect English. My family welcomed me to their home with a homemade cake that had my name on it in German colors and made me really feel at home.
I was also extremely fortunate to be in Germany for most of the World Cup. Read the rest of this entry