Dreaming of a study abroad experience? Get information on schools, courses, and the way of life of students from all over the world. Everything you need to prepare for a memorable student life outside the Philippines is here.
Filipinos are known globally for their compassion, adaptability, and fluency in English. These qualities are the reason why many of our fellow Filipinos succeed in the healthcare industry both locally and abroad. If you’re looking for health courses in Australia, Flinders University is a great place to kickstart your healthcare career. Not only is the university one of the top 150 schools for public health in the world, but it also features a number of graduate certificate courses that you can complete in just 6 months.
Check out some of the university’s health courses below!
For those interested in: Hospital administration, Health policy advising, Humanitarian aid
Learn about the political contexts that influence a country’s healthcare system, and how policy can impact the overall health of a population. This course will also teach you how to analyze, discuss, and debate the effectiveness of international healthcare strategies used in environments with poor resources.
For those interested in: NGO’s, Non-profits, Public health organizations
Learn about the economic and social factors that contribute to the differences between the health outcomes of an individual and their larger community. If you want to reduce inequalities in healthcare access for developing countries, then you should definitely look into this course.
For those interested in: Nursing, Midwifery, Health education
If you are passionate about healthcare and wish to spread your knowledge about the industry, then this course is for you! Learn how to design your own curriculum and how to successfully engage your future students in a university or workplace setting.
For those interested in: Humanitarian Aid, Public and/or Private Healthcare
After disaster strikes, it’s important that victims are treated as soon as possible, especially if they are in critical condition. Created alongside Australia’s National Critical Care and Trauma Response Center, this course will teach you the theoretical and practical fundamentals of disaster management at a local, national, and international level.
Overall, these courses are a flexible option for those who want to increase their knowledge about the healthcare industry, without having to commit the time and money necessary for a full degree. In addition, a graduate certificate from a globally recognized school like Flinders University can help your resume stand out in an increasingly competitive industry.
Looking for healthcare courses outside of Australia? Want more tips on how to excel in the healthcare industry at home as well as overseas? Then look no further than the Edukasyon Study abroad blog!
So you’re studying abroad! Are you ready for the big move?
Studying abroad is, no doubt, filled with excitement and challenges—excitement that comes with moving out of your comfort zone and learning new things, and challenges that come with… well, moving out of your comfort zone and learning new things.
This big move will stretch you both ways, and you got to be prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally. Good thing, you can be fit and healthy even while you’re miles away from home (read: it’s possible!). All you need is a good fitness plan that works for you!
Here are 5 easy steps on how you can get started with your very own fitness plan:
STEP 1: Assess your fitness level.
Everyone starts somewhere. Regardless of whether you can do 5 or 50 push-ups, the first step towards your fitness journey is knowing where you are at the moment. How else will you plan your steps from point A to point B, right?
Being brutally honest with your current fitness level allows you to create a fitness plan suited for you as well as track the progress you’re making.
Here are some things you can list down on your self-assessment:
Your body mass index (BMI). This talks about your weight and height! Calculate your BMI here.
Your waist circumference
Your pulse rate before and after walking 1 mile (1.6 kilometers)
How long it takes you to run 1 mile
How many sit-ups and push-ups you can do in 1 minute. Track your progress by seeing yourself improve in the number of push-ups and sit-ups you can do in 1 minute!
STEP 2: Set your fitness goal.
Now that the hard facts are out, it’s time to determine your desired outcome a.k.a. your fitness goal! Do you want to lose or gain weight? Are you training for the varsity team? Or do you just want to improve your metabolism?
Whether it’s one or all three reasons, a fitness goal helps you stay on track… especially when you’re tempted to skip a morning run to sleep in or binge-eat over a super stressful exam. We totally get you!
How to set your fitness goal:
Write down your current fitness level. This is where your self-assessment from bullet point #1 comes in!
List your short-term and long-term fitness goals. (e.g. run a half marathon, gain 5 kilos)
Enumerate action steps corresponding to each goal. The more specific, the better!
STEP 3: Research, research, research!
Current fitness level, check. Fitness goal, check. How about the details in between, you ask? That’s where research comes in! After all, a fitness plan is anything but generic. It’s different for everyone, and your fitness plan is determined by your every day routine and experiences in and out of school.
Here are 4 things to look for when you move to your host country:
You are what you eat! A huge part of a fitness plan goes to your diet. Go healthy! While we’re not stopping you from eating sweets and all that, we suggest you look for a local market nearest your school abroad. That way, you can buy affordable ingredients and prep a delicious baon so you can skip the fast food. You can even save your school allowance since you get to avoid eating out, too. Win-win!
So you’re a new kid in town! Research about your host country’s bus routes, train lines, and commute hacks. When you do, playing around with your commute to and from school would be easier to incorporate physical and fitness activities. Maybe try a longer walking route next time?
Being fit and healthy doesn’t always have to cost you a dime. Stroll around your new neighborhood! Most of the time, community parks are designed to encourage people to stay in tip-top shape. That means running paths, bicycle lanes, exercise activities, and zumba spaces all at your disposal. Sounds fun!
School-related fitness opportunities
Another way to integrate physical fitness into your routine without spending too much of your time (and money) is maximizing your student perks! Are there fitness courses or clubs you can join? A sports gym or field you can use for free? Take advantage of these student privileges!
STEP 4: Create your personal fitness plan.
What works for others may or may not work for you. That’s why the key to a fitness plan that works is a fitness plan that’s tailored to you. That means choosing a workout routine and diet plan with your personal abilities, preferences, and interests in mind. Sure, search for fitness plans online but don’t forget to factor in your preferences and capabilities.
What’s in a fitness plan?
Workouts aren’t always sit-ups and push-ups for everyone. It depends on your fitness level and the fitness goal you set for yourself. Do you want to lose weight, gain muscle, or tone your body in general?
There are different workout routines for that. Since we’re pretty sure you’re a busy, hardworking student, we took the initiative and gathered workout routines you can do even if you’re always on the go. (You can thank us later!)
What should or should you not eat to be fit and healthy? Well, it all boils down to the good ‘ol balanced diet (here’s what it looks like!). Calories, proteins, and carbohydrates are all part of a good diet plan, and understanding what each one contributes to your body is key to a sustainable diet plan.
So you want to be healthy but there are only so many hours in a day for students like you? Your fitness schedule might be more flexible than you think. With that, the physical fitness pyramid can guide you to plan your weekly physical activity!
Do you really need to workout every day? Find the answers here: Physical Fitness Pyramid: Physical Activities Ranked From More To Less
STEP 5: Find your fitness buddies.
Tbh, there is hardly any activity that friends can’t turn into a party—whether it’s an experiment, a research paper, or a workout. So why not involve your friends in your fitness journey?
Asking friends to join you for a morning run before school doesn’t only make it more fun, but it also allows you to become accountable to someone. Now there are more people cheering and pushing you towards your fitness goals!
Studying abroad is challenging, but it doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit and healthy. After all, just imagine how better off you’ll be studying when your mind and body’s up and running (physically and mentally, that is.) So remember these 5 easy steps and get started with your own fitness plan. We’re rooting for you!
Excited to create your own fitness plan? Pack your bags with more tips and tricks on the Study Abroad blog section at Edukasyon.ph now!
A well-recognized school, a healthy study-work balance, and easy-access recreational spots—having all these three things in one place makes a country the best choice for an unforgettable study abroad experience. But for specific courses and programs, it might be difficult to look for a country that has all three elements. Take for example, sports and fitness. Unlike other general fields such as business or marketing, international education related to sports and fitness requires more research.
If you check online, there can be many countries that offer great courses for sports and fitness. But if you want one where you can work while studying and having fun, New Zealand can be the perfect place for you! And here’s why:
1. Study in one of the country’s globally recognized universities
Studying outside of the country in general will cost you more money than usual. And being the practical Filipinos that we are, earning extra cash while studying is definitely a need! The good news is student visa holders in New Zealand can work up to 20 hours per week. Better news: students can work full time during scheduled holidays!
Not only does this help you with your finances, but also self-management. Taking a degree in sports and fitness is just as challenging as studying any other degree. That’s why managing your responsibilities and dividing your energy (given the limited time you have in a day) is a useful skill when working while studying.
3. Always be close to the beach
The town of Mount Maunganui, New Zealand | Source: blog.goway.com
If you look at a map, New Zealand is composed of two slim islands. This means wherever you go in the country, you’ll always find yourself near the sea! You can never be more than 80 miles far from the sea. Whether you’re a beach person or not, taking an hour or two just lying beside the beach during a sunrise or a sunset will relieve your stress and give you a breather from all of the homework and projects in school. And since you’re studying sports, you’ll be surprised at how many fitness activities you can do in the beach: ultimate frisbee, beach football, sand soccer, beach volleyball, beach rugby, and so much more!
This is just a short list of great reasons why New Zealand should be your top choice of country if you’re eyeing to build your career in sports and fitness. If you are not ready to go for a degree yet, you also have the option to get certificates and short courses in sport, recreation, and exercise in the New Zealand Institute of Sport. You have a lot of education options in New Zealand; all it takes is some research so you can make the best choice that you’ll love and enjoy.
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Being away from home is one of the major struggles of studying abroad. Not only will you be far from family and friends, you will also need to adapt to a new environment.
Accounting major Gia Ky Huynh is one of many fresh graduates stepping out of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and into professional life this year. Now that she is on track to begin a career at the prominent accounting firm Deloitte, she is one step closer to reaching her dreams.
However, Gia Ky’s road to graduation was not free of hardship. She faced several hurdles as an international student in Los Angeles. Perhaps the most challenging of them all was being thousands of miles away from her home in Vietnam. Despite all this she has been able to grow into her potential through the support given to her by her peers.
Gia Ky looks back at the past few years with gratitude for the significant part the bluff and its community has played in her journey.
Gia Ky flew about 8,000 miles around the globe from her home in Vietnam to study in LMU. Determined to learn everything she can about accounting and entrepreneurship, she was initially drawn in by the university’s top-ranked College of Business Administration.
Another factor which eventually led Gia Ky to choose LMU is school culture. The collaborative dynamics of the students with each other as well as with their teachers impressed her.
“The bluff is a place where relationships are built. There’s such a great diversity amongst the students, yet everyone is working towards the same goal.”
These observations are unsurprising. LMU ranks in the top 5% of US schools when it comes to diversity. International students make up around 10% of the school’s population. As a result, international students such as Gia Ky have a smooth time adjusting to the new environment.
Finding a stable support system
At one point during her time studying abroad, Gia Ky’s father fell ill. The experience took a toll on her well-being, leading her to seriously consider leaving her studies behind and flying back to Vietnam.
“Luckily, I had the support and encouragement of my CBA Deans and professors during that difficult time; they were willing to help me in any way that they could. It was a comfort to know that even thousands of miles from home I had a support system here.”
Later on, this same support system would lead an opportunity to knock on Gia Ky’s door. First, her professor in Entrepreneurship would help her in securing an internship at a CPA firm. Second, the network she gained from joining the LMU Accounting Society would get her a sought-after interview with Deloitte.
Closing in on her dreams
Having received a warm welcome from the LMU community, Gia Ky made the most out of her experience studying abroad. She threw herself into her interests. Eventually, she became the Vice President of the LMU Accounting Society and joined the Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for business students.
Gia Ky’s advice to future LMU Lions? Get involved.
“Try to get the most out of every experience you have because, whether small or big, somewhere along the way it will be helpful.”
Gia Ky’s efforts earned her two accolades on her final year at LMU. She was named 2019 Program Scholar for both Accounting and Entrepreneurship. Driven by the ambition to eventually become the CEO of her own business someday, Gia Ky intends to continue studying even as her career at Deloitte starts. She will be pursuing a Master of Accounting at the University of Southern California.
“LMU gave me the confidence and support system to step outside my comfort zone and pursue my goals to the fullest. It really became like a second home to me, a family – I can’t wait to return.”
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Nowadays, employees seem to have more fun in the office rather than at home. Brightly colored bean bags, nerf guns, and unheard of benefits are changing the conversation on the way things are done in the business world. The catalyst? Millennials and startups.
Startups have imposed an office culture that has challenged the norm and have attracted millennials from all parts of the world. These days, companies are coming up with creative benefits to attract incoming generations. One great example of these companies is Dropbox, who offers employees unlimited time off!
The need to attract millennials is certainly leading this trend and it all comes from the desire to do work that matters and having work benefits that go well with their values. This shows that happy employees are productive employees and millennials care about something greater than just earning money. It’s a lot more specific than that.
How does education come in the mix?
The concept of education has always been the same. You study well, you graduate, and you get a good job. However, with the advent of technologies and quick access to endless information, education is also changing. It’s adapting.
Programs around the world are giving more attention to adaptability nowadays aside from knowledge. All things are moving at a swift pace and programs are changing to cater to different fields so that graduates can keep up.
Successful graduates of the program are expected to demonstrate an understanding of entrepreneurship theory, tools, business models, global marketing knowledge as well as advanced analytical and critical thinking. These are all necessary in today’s world for managing change and creating new businesses.
The Hong Kong Baptist University encompasses eight Faculties/Schools offering a wide range of programs. HKBU prides itself on its dual focus on teaching and research while also encouraging service to society among its staff and students.
One of the main goals of HKBU is to deliver the best student experience through integrity, creativity, communication, employability, and commitment to the common good of humankind. They achieve this through their research-led curriculum, cross-cultural learning experiences and enhanced experiential learning opportunities.
Grenoble École de Management
The Grenoble École de Management offers 50 educational programs in French and English that cover all levels of study from undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and continuing education. Throughout the years, the school has developed solid expertise in the management of technology and innovation.
GEM is also affiliated with a number of institutions and organizations. A few examples of them are the Grenoble Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Université Grenoble Aples Community. GEM is also a founding member of the GIANT Innovation campus in Grenoble.
The MScEGM program is a unique program that brings together the expertise of two leading business schools in the world. As a student, you will have the opportunity to receive Venture Capital Funding to fund your own company! Yes, you read that right.
The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Global Marketing is a joint-award by the Department of Marketing of Hong Kong Baptist University and the Grenoble Ecole de Management on a 15-month full-time study basis. The program will equip students with a wide range of knowledge from the startup creation process, new venture business planning, strategic management, advanced effective sales to leadership and digital marketing strategy.
Students will get to study entrepreneurship in 2 continents which will provide them with a unique and global entrepreneurship perspective. This makes the program perfect for students who are planning to start their own company in the future.
Hong Kong Baptist University and the Grenoble Ecole de Management are both triple-accredited by the most influential and largest business school accreditation associations.
The first semester starts in September 2019 in Grenoble, France. The second semester starts in January 2020 in Hong Kong.
Interested in becoming a student of the MScEGM program?
This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (Reference number: 472820/472821). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.
“I’m more than happy if those materials can contribute in any way for those who want to study my works.” Murakami said in his 2018 press conference.
Leaving a legacy
Haruki Murakami has had an acclaimed and prolific career as a writer. The documents in his personal archive alone have been accumulating for nearly 40 years. Now that he’s 70 years old, Murakami admits that the storage and safe-keeping of his works have been a concern.
“I have no children to take care of them and I didn’t want those resources to be scattered and lost when I die. I’m grateful that I can keep them in an archive.”
Japanese library and international research center
Waseda University initially planned on building a facility called the “Murakami Library” for the archive. As a result, the concept to build an international research center for scholars to make in-depth research on Murakami’s works was formed. This idea is turning into reality with the recent announcement of the construction of the Waseda International House of Literature.
The Waseda International House of Literature will be located within campus grounds. Murakami has expressed his hopes that this will be a venue for students to contemplate the future of literature. Read more about the Waseda International House of Literature in this article.
Are you curious about the university where Haruki Murakami honed his craft?
The benefits of sports are countless! It’s good for your body, your mind, and your—education? Yes, that’s right! Sure you’ve heard of athletic scholarships, but we bet you’ve never considered going for an athletic scholarship abroad.
Studying abroad exposes you to experiences that develop skills which make you more desirable to employers. Not to mention, you’ll see more of the world as you complete your education. It’s a plus that you’ll be able to play the sport you love along the way.
Piqued your interest yet?
Why should I consider? What are the benefits of sports scholarships abroad?
In going for this option, you marry the benefits of sports with the benefits of studying abroad! Each one already has a long list of upskills. Putting them together would make you a well-rounded individual—physically fit, academically sound, and ready to take on the rest of your life.
At the end of it all, even if you have no plan of playing your sport professionally afterward, an athletic scholarship is still a great way to maximize your education while cutting its costs. You’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain when you apply.
Here in the Philippines, every school would have its own culture, so just imagine how schools are like in another country. Every country offers its own culture. Cross that with the number of schools in that country. The options become endless!
Knowing what it’s like to study in other parts of the world would save you from massive culture shock. There’s also the added layer of playing for the school’s athletic team which would play a big factor in your adjustment. You should look for a college or university that best fits your needs. Instead of forcing yourself to match with the school, go for the school that matches you and your priorities and long-term goals. You’d thank yourself in the long run.
However, if you’re well-informed, you should have no problem! Like how any athlete goes through conditioning and training before a game, this pre-work lays the groundwork so you’d know how to make better calls. This time around, you’re your own coach!
Set on your school? Prepare these!
On top of the school’s standard requirements, begin drafting a sports CV, bio, or resume that would list your athletic accomplishments. It would also help to prepare videos of your performance in games or events.
Be thorough with it! Some athletes think that they don’t get the athletic scholarship offer because they weren’t good enough to play at the college level. In reality, this step in the process (i.e. expressing how you can be valuable to the school’s team) is more important than your actual talent and playing ability. As such, you need all the help you can get.
Take it further. Ask for letters of reference from your coaches and other mentors. Have them share with your target school how they see your potential to succeed and represent the institution with a sports or athletic scholarship!
Following the game metaphor, this part is the actual game. There will be a lot of back-and-forth correspondence between you and the school. You have to be strategic with your communication because every email and every call counts as a shot you make to win the game. Make it count!
Check out the rest of our blog for tips on how to study abroad and how to get scholarships. Every school has different requirements, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.
When you study in a different country, being independent makes it hard to figure out what to prioritize. Why does everything seem super important suddenly? Safety first. Acads first. First loves (haha, just kidding). Fitness first? So where do you even begin? Clue: strike a balance. And not everything needs to be a top concern if you don’t want it to be.
Still, wherever the wind takes you, consider staying fit while on-the-go. We’ve probably neglected our physical fitness at one point or another. And science doesn’t lie: exercise isn’t just for keeping your body and blood healthy, it can boost your brainpower like crazy!
So work it out. You don’t even need a gym membership! All you need is a pocket of time, some sweatpants and sneakers, and a burst of energy. Here are some workout routines plus handy apps so you can push whenever, wherever!
Running is a quick way to get in great shape.
Is there a right way to run? Yes. Running is a quick, easy, and equipment-free way to get fit, and it’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors, too! The benefits? Besides the usual fat-burning and cardiovascular health, running improves your mood, focus, and memory as well.
You’ll need to consider the following factors before you head out on a run: intensity, distance, running time, and frequency per week. How long a run lasts will depend on your goals and your fitness level. But also, the more time you spend running, the better the benefits. Let’s get down to fitness!
For the Starting Sprinter: 30 minutes at a time, 3 days a week for around 2-3 weeks.
So you’re new to this whole jogging thing. Don’t go zero to a hundred real quick. That’s how you get into an accident, or worse, injured. Start low and slow. The goal isn’t to run fast, but rather to run consistently and comfortably. That’s why only a half-hour is all you need. Let your body get used to your pace before you get on with the race.
For the Getting-There Go-Getter: Up it to 45 minutes, for a total of 150 minutes per week
Alright, ready to up the ante a little bit? Let’s increase your mileage, adding maybe 5-10 minutes to your total run time each week. Now you’re gradually building up your tolerance for longer distances, greater intensities. The trick here is to determine your “sweet spot.” That is, what gets your heart racing enough when you run just enough without over-stressing your body? It’s a runtime that’s comfortable for you but running more will be too much of a challenge. Again, don’t push yourself too hard. Injuries and hospital fees are tricky abroad, remember that!
For the Flighty Fitness Buff: Achieve better physical (and mental) fitness with a 1-hour jog, 5 times a week
Ready to take on running as a full challenge? See if you can do an entire hour. Alternate your pace. Switch things up between running, sprinting, and jogging.
Spend that time listening to informative podcasts or playlists, too. Going on a jog not only helps clear your head it can also help you process new information! Of course, it all depends on the intensity of your stride. A high-speed run means your body is working harder than your brain, so choose music. A fair-paced jog evens out the work between mind and muscle.
Studying abroad? Get Trail Run Project! It’s an app that finds you nearby hiking trails so you can enjoy the great outdoors and the great benefits of a long run. Plus! It works offline, and knows your exact location so you won’t get lost.
Yoga goes both ways: You can be chill or go for the thrill
Namasté at home and chill in bed the whole day. Just kidding, get off your butt and get that blood flowing! Yoga is a low-impact but high-value exercise anyone can do. Stress-relief, mental wellness, improved sleep, and better balance? Who wouldn’t want to bend over backward for these perks?
One huge misconception is that you need to be flexible from the get-go. Not really! It’s a skill you develop over time. So don’t you worry child, we got you. Here are some YouTube channel recommendations from beginner-friendly to yogi-bum.
If you want a quick pick-me-up at the end of a tiring day, or a little motivation when feeling stuck, look to Adriene to guide you through a yoga sesh. She’s calming, relatable, and has a bunch of self-empowering routines all on her channel that you can easily follow.
Simple, minimal, mindful. Alo Yoga has a wide range of yoga sessions ranging from below 10 minutes to over half an hour. They mostly center on being mindful and understanding your energy, but you can find some HIIT workouts, too!
For The Ones With Zero Chill (But Still Want to Try Yoga Anyway): Fightmaster Yoga
High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is different from aerobics in that they’re shorter, more intense, and characterized by quick bursts of high-effort, high-energy movements followed by periods of low intensity or rest. Versus aerobics—exercises like jogging, swimming, spinning—where you’re steadily building up endurance at a moderate intensity.
YouTube channels like Fitness Blender and POPSugar Fitness are free to subscribe to and easy to follow, whether you’re a beginner or gym buff. If you’ve already gotten used to the flow of a workout, you can start customizing your own reps and exercises, too.
But say you’re already out of your dorm or homestay. Exercise wherever with apps that can track your progress. Use free ones like the Nike Training Club or Keelo.
Go for that international opportunity, and start your journey with us! Did you know we have partner schools in the United States, Canada, and Europe, too? For more tips and guides to making the most of your overseas opportunities, check out our Study Abroad section on the Edukasyon.ph blog!
Worried about being strapped for cash while studying abroad? It’s alright to be concerned; foreign travel is full of unexpected surprises, even if you budget down to the last cent. Are you willing to push yourself further from your comfort zone as an international student? Are you ready to sacrifice your leisure time to secure your finances for life overseas? If yes, read on, because we’ve compiled the top part-time jobs abroad you can take on no matter where you end up.
Disclaimer: Please note specific regulations apply in some countries, especially in Asia. Visit your embassy’s official site and seek advice from the school counselor to ensure that the work you’ll be doing is legal and in line with the country’s tax system.
What Type Of Job Should I Get?
Aside from each country’s specific requirements (check out our guide for Australia and Canada), you can consider these factors and chat with your future employer before you sign up. Does it fit your student lifestyle? Are the hours flexible enough for you to excel in your studies? Can it help you make more friends and learn the local language? Will it open good work opportunities for you after you graduate? If the job is a good fit for your skills and overall objectives, then take the leap and go for it!
Without further ado, here are the types of jobs you can do overseas as a student:
English or Language Tutor
No surprises here! This should be an easy choice for those who don’t mind teaching. Although some countries have different qualifications, don’t worry too much about having a Bachelor’s degree if you’re well-versed in English. Pro-tip: ensure you can teach in multiple countries with a TEFL (or TESOL/TESL) certificate. You can review for the essential English Proficiency Exams here!
Additionally, if you’ve mastered another language such as Mandarin or French, there will be tons of opportunities and clients seeking someone like you.
Work on Campus
This is a safe choice for international students since your school will help you process the paperwork. It’ll help you make new friends outside your classes and develop stronger language skills. For student assistants, you need basic Microsoft Office skills since you’ll most likely be helping out other students fill out application forms. Meanwhile, events organizers or program ambassadors need public speaking and organization skills for events, such as potlucks, job fairs, or off-campus seminars. Check out our guide to networking for international students!
If you’re not the type to center your job around learning centers, then take your pick from bars, restaurants, and cafes situated nearby. Restaurants are a safe bet because you could apply for various positions depending on your skills: waiter, staff, or cook. Love coffee as much as we do? Try being a part-time barista and learn a latte about exotic coffee beans—pun intended.
Many students also work in call centers, which tend to be higher paying. This is good news if you wish to increase your travel allowance by a significant amount without being physically exhausted by the end of the day. Call center jobs are also great if you wish to increase your communication skills under a structured office environment.
Not looking for financial gain but rather, a more meaningful experience? Try being a volunteer at a nonprofit company, teach for free at a local school, or other service-learning opportunities around you. These organizations are always seeking students to fill in a wide range of positions, plus it’ll give you a fresh perspective on the country you’re staying in. Not to mention, it’ll look just as impressive as traditional internships, if not more, on your resume.
Wondering if what you’ve read is enough to prepare you for your study abroad journey? Head on over to Edukasyon.ph’sStudy Abroad category and get more tips on how to start, endure or love your study abroad journey!
Rich in culture, history, and Instagram-worthy sceneries – is it even a surprise that Spain is one of the top dream destinations when it comes to studying abroad? The country undoubtedly has a lot to offer! If you’re after culture, then there’s no better place to start than the capital itself.
Life in Madrid is a vibrant mix of friendly people, great food, and (your wallet will cheer for this one) an affordable cost of living. St. Louis University – Madrid (SLU-Madrid) makes the student experience even more memorable through community outreach initiatives.
Most recently, a group of 10 student-volunteers and their teachers took a three-hour trip south of Madrid. Their destination? A small elementary school called CEIP Menéndez Pelayo in Puertollano, Ciudad Real. The school’s courtyard had three bare walls and the SLU-Madrid students came equipped with enough brushes and paint to create a mural for the children on each wall.
Working hard, playing hard
The weekend for the SLU-Madrid students began with an energizing welcome breakfast. They were treated to delicious servings of churros and abrazos to start the day.
The morning was spent at school. Before they got down to painting the murals, the SLU-Madrid students first took the time to create storybooks and build balloon rocket cars for the school children. They even played charades with over 60 local children.
“[It was] a morning of English learning, laughter, and fun,” Veronica Rose Chancy shared when asked about their first morning at CEIP Menéndez Pelayo.
In the afternoon, they began preparations for the murals. The SLU-Madrid students first sanded the walls. Afterwards, they painted over them with with a base layer of white. It was a tedious process, but with everyone working together diligently they finished in time for dinner.
CEIP Menéndez Pelayo and the local English academy of Gema Pérez rewarded all of the students’ hard work with gracious hospitality. Students got to enjoy local cuisine, various comida manchega dishes prepared especially for them.
Reaping the rewards
The most rewarding part of SLU-Madrid’s community outreach initiative in Puertollano happened the following day. CEIP Menéndez Pelayo’s students excitedly arrived at the school on time. After a few games with the SLU-Madrid volunteers, they began painting.
Veronica Rose Chancy, one of the student-volunteers from SLU-Madrid, describes the whole experience as chaotic bliss.
“The next day cannot be described as anything but chaotic bliss. One wall featured the kids’ favorite words in English filled up by bright colors, another wall featured a mural of the globe and an ocean filled with creatures drawn by the children and designed by SLU-Madrid student Ava Thors. The last wall, my personal favorite, is an art gallery of the students’ work. We created many little picture frames that each kid filled with whatever their heart desired.”
United in community outreach
Despite coming from different backgrounds, everyone agreed on a motto for the trip: Da Igual de Donde Vengamos, Sino Donde Nos Juntamos. It doesn’t matter where we come from, just that we get together.
This community outreach project was initially planned by the first batch of student-volunteers who visited Puertollano in the fall of 2018. Although the SLU-Madrid students who went on the most recent visit didn’t come up with the project, they still gave their all in painting the murals.
Everyone had the common goal of bringing smiles onto the faces of the CEIP Menéndez Pelayo children. Instead of letting their differences hinder their teamwork, their singular goal united them.
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