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Amy E. Roberton
Amy E. Robertson

Amy E. Robertson's Articles and Columns for Transitions Abroad

Volunteer vacation in Latin America How to Plan an Unforgettable Volunteer Vacation in Latin America
Prepare a turtle hatchery in Costa Rica. Teach English in Mexico. Build a home in Brazil. Whether you call it a volunteer vacation, a service trip, or voluntourism, combining travel and volunteer work is an increasingly popular way to see the world.
Cooking classes in Italy How to Find a Job with an International Non-Profit (NGO)
If you are looking for work in a field where you can make a difference in people's lives, here is what you need to know.
Get work at the United Nations How to Get Jobs with the United Nations: The Unauthorized Guide
A guide to the many ways to get a job at the United Nations. Explanations of the many and varied UN organizations and a plethora of resources are provided.
Cooking classes in Italy Cooking Lessons in Italy: Mamma Knows Best
A review of some of the top cooking schools across regions in Italy, where food is prepared with love in classes, markets are explored, and local accommodations are often available.
Going Local: Responsible Travel Going Local: Travel Tools and a Travel Philosophy from Nicholas Kontis
Amy E. Roberston reviews Nicholas Kontis' new book, Going Local, and the author's responsible travel philosophy for Transitions Abroad—a trailblazing advocate of such travel.
Worthwhile volunteering abroad How to Find a Worthwhile Voluntourism Experience
How to go about researching and finding reputable organizations, with five practical steps to do so effectively.
Women empowerment volunteering Support Women and the World by Volunteering
Tips on volunteering to empower women around the world, along with a selected list of organizations with programs for what is a critical cause
Worthwhile volunteering abroad How to Volunteer Overseas to Protect Wildlife Effectively
With so many great options to volunteer overseas helping care for wildlife, which projects to choose, where, how long, and what are the considerations? This article addresses these questions.
9 Ways to Live Overseas 9 Sensational Ways to Live Overseas
Realistic examples of popular and interesting ways to live overseas, including some you may not have considered.
9 Ways to Live Overseas Volunteering Overseas: The Truth About How Long You Should Commit
Reasons to volunteer for the long term with resources and recommendations for organizations and locations to do so.
Volunteer with your kids abroad Top Considerations for Volunteering Overseas… with Your Kids
What to consider when volunteering abroad with your kids, including useful resources.
Study Spanish in Panama How Teen and Pre-Teen Volunteering Abroad Develops Global Citizens
Two young volunteers reflect on experiences volunteering abroad as part of their development as global citizens.
Study Spanish in Panama Why Study Another Language Abroad?
10 Immersion Schools Where You Can Study and Volunteer in Latin America

How to learn a language abroad while volunteering. Amy uses top language schools in Latin America as examples of programs providing full cultural immersion.
Teen language learning abroad Teen Language Learning: The Whys and Hows
Research suggests that there are enormous advantages to learning a language while a teen. Options such as language immersion schools and programs abroad and at home are explored.
Vacations with Purpose Simple Steps to Vacations with Purpose (Alternatives to Voluntourism)
How to enjoy and create purpose in your travels while contributing financially to the local community.
Central America Honduras locals
                        How to Connect Locally while Traveling Internationally: Budget-Friendly Destinations in Central America
How to visit budget destinations in Central America while connecting to the local people and culture
Volunteer professionals How to Put Professional Skills to Use As a Volunteer
Amy highlights the top organizations and ways volunteers with much-needed professional skills may put them to use when volunteering.
Sicily festival Connecting to Culture through Community Events: Sicilian Sagre
Colorful and sacred festivals in Sicily offer a direct way to connect to the community and share an experience with the local culture.
Rome family educational travel Educational Family Travel — Apply Tips for Rome Anywhere
When traveling as a family in Rome here are some excellent tips to allow both parents and children to enjoy the trip. These educational family travel tips apply to many destinations.
Stay in alberghi diffusi in Italy Localized Accommodation in Italy: More Privacy than a B&B and More Authenticity than a Hotel
A brilliant idea in Italy allowing visitors to stay in apartments that offer more privacy than a B&B and more authenticity than a hotel.
Wadi Rum, Jordan Desert Sage Tea and Starlight in Wadi Rum, Jordan by Amy E. Robertson
Family travel to a desert camp turns into a genuine physical and cultural adventure, guided by the Bedouins, and staying in localized accommodation.
Amy E. Robertson is a Seattle native who has long been obsessed with travel. She has visited more than 60 countries, and lived in six. Her favorite travel experiences always include connecting with the local culture and people. She is an enthusiastic “voluntourist,” who has helped build a home in Honduras, monitored presidential elections in Ecuador, and worked with youth in Bolivia on the creation of social documentaries. She is also a passionate advocate of community based tourism, and all travel that connects visitors with locals both on a personal level (where travelers have the chance to interact with locals on their terms) and on a financial one (where tourist dollars stay and are invested in the local community). Connected travel has helped Amy to better understand the people she meets and their circumstances, and enriched her as much as it did the people and places she supported.

Amy studied in Boston and Madrid for her bachelor’s degree, and London for her master’s degree in development studies. Having worked in both the private and the non-profit world, Amy brings her professional experience and educational background in international development and non-profit management, along with her extensive network of passionate “connected traveler” friends and colleagues, to her evaluations of travel experiences. 

During her eight years living in Ecuador and Honduras, she fell in love with the spirit of the region, and during her year in the UK she fell in love with her now-husband, who hails from Italy. She currently lives in Beirut, Lebanon, with her husband and two children, and spends three months a year divided between her family’s hometowns: Seattle, Rome, and Messina (Sicily).

Amy is the author of the Volunteer Vacations in Latin America and Honduras and the Bay Islands, both published by Moon Handbooks. Her writing has been published on NPR, Vice MUNCHIES, Budget Travel, Delta Sky, National Geographic Traveler, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor and Travel + Leisure, among others. You can follow her adventures in Beirut on her blog, gardeniasinbeirut.wordpress.com, and her portfolio of articles and books at amyiswriting.com. Amy tweets about travel and writing and life in general under the handle @traveler0603.

 

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