Transition Abroad Magazine January/February 2002
Also: Kenneth Champeon Volunteering in Chiang Mai.
Short-Term Jobs Abroad
The Independent Traveler
Rick Steves Safeguarding Travel Dreams.
Volker Poelzl on the best Travel Safety Resources.
Marilyn and Paul Nejelski, veterans of 40 years of travel to Berlin, on how to discover Berlin as It Was.
From The Publisher
Last time we went to press just after the September 11 attacks, and our editors shared their thoughts on how the terrorism would affect international travel. This time independent travel expert Rob Sangster adds his advice on travel safety to that of the editors.
My hope was that the attacks would make all of us aware of the interconnectedness of the world like no previous single event in our history. Indications are this is actually happening:
"Exchange Student Applications Surge" read the headline for an AP story that appeared on my AOL screen on November 24. Rotary's Youth Exchange Program for high school students was up 110 percent over a year ago. Christine Vogel of AFS/USA said, "For these students, the answer is to make a personal commitment to increase understanding of the world and the people in it."
The similarly strong response from college students continues a trend: According to a recent survey by the Institute of International Education, study abroad has increased 61 percent over the past five years, even though the numbers are still small (143,590) compared to the U.S. student population. My informal survey of programs (mostly in Europe) indicates that students expressed interest in study abroad next year is up 20 to 25 percent over the last year. All good news in our declared war on terrorism.
The other good news is that countries outside Europe are attracting a much higher percentage of students than ever before: The Middle East is up 15 percent; Africa is up 8 percent, and, as Glenn Shive points out in "Go West to Asia!" (page 59), the numbers there are up 14 percent and climbing.
Next time (our 25th anniversary issue): study abroad programs for students and adult learning travelers.
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