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Transition Abroad Magazine May/June 2003

Information Exchange

Traveler's Almanac

Independent Traveler
Travel for Peace Char Simons
Favorite Train Trips Rob Sangster
Tips for Independent Travelers Jeff Goldman
Low-Budget Latin America Tim Leffel
Cuba's Back Door Tamara A. Seymour
Biking in Ravenna Kathy Widing
Car Camping Through Europe C. B. Heinemann
An RV in Europe Jim Franklin

Back Door Travel
Europe's Rural B & Bs Rick Steves

Living Abroad
International Health Plans Carla Valentine

Language Vacations
Study and Volunteer in Guatemala Dawn M. Balzarano
Study in Quetzaltenango Kevin Revolinski
Latin American Homestays Jim Baird
Teach Yourself a Language Nathan Crow

Alternative Travel
Directory of Programs
Choosing a Language School Ron Mader
Rio Beyond the Beach Carla Waldemar
College Fairs in Central America

The Working Traveler
Jobs in Africa and Latin America Susan Griffith
Working as a Journalist Abroad Martin Li
Summer Work in Alaska Judith A. Ballard
Work in Antarctica Benjamin Murray

Education Abroad
Monoligualism Can Be Cured Laura Higgins
Medical Study Abroad Lev G. Fedyniak

Program New & Notes

Classifieds

Transitions Abroad
Cuba and the Press
Sarah E. Phend

From the Editor

When the Syrian-born newsdealer on my corner handed me the NewYork Times on the morning of March 17 he pointed to the main headline and said, in a questioning tone, "This is the last day?"

George W. Bush had declared that March 17 would be "the last day we determine whether or not diplomacy can work." As we prepare to go to press, one week into the war, the words "last day" haunt me. The scenes of carnage on TV are indeed apocalyptic.

On the previous night, March 16, people in 130 countries came together in candlelight vigils to protest the coming war. In Brooklyn, where we stood,many of the demonstrators were recent arrivals from Middle East countries. They said they were shocked at the misinformation in the popular media and at how badly informed Americans were about the region their government was about to invade.

At least 100 million Americans opposed the invasion. While the protests here may decline because of a desire to support the troops, most of the rest of the world remains strongly opposed. Outrage against America is growing. "The U.S. may be about to win Iraq," writes Jonathan Schell in the April 7 Nation. "It has already lost the world."

One antidote to America's image abroad--of an arrogant, self-righteous country with a foreign policy based on world dominance and moral superiority--is face-to-face interaction between ordinary Americans and people of other cultures. In all the 27 years of this magazine, devoted to international experiences that promote cultural understanding, cooperation, and, most importantly, peace, there has never been a more important and a more rewarding time to plan a meaningful trip abroad. Travel now. Be an ambassador of goodwill. See and be seen. Help restore America's image in the world.

On our website, www.TransitionsAbroad.com, you can find detailed how-to information on ways to be in meaningful contact with your hosts, from hospitality exchanges to international volunteer projects and continuing education courses. Or you can order the most comprehensive book on the subject, the Alternative Travel Directory: The Complete Guide to Traveling, Studying and Living Overseas. The ATD's companion volume, Work Abroad, features information on volunteering. The next issue of the magazine, the annual Overseas Travel Planner, will update the best resources on immersion travel. We invite all our readers to write. Share with others your own most rewarding transition abroad.

--Clay Hubbs

Founding Editor and Founding Publisher
Clay Hubbs

Publisher and Managing Editor
Sherry Schwarz

Assistant Editor
Melanie Convey

Contributing Editors
Bryan Cook (Traveler's Almanac)
Susan Griffith (Work)
Cynthia Harriman (Family Travel)
Zahara Heckscher (Volunteering)
Ron Mader (Latin America),
Deborah McLaren (Ecotourism)
William Nolting (International Education and Work)
Volker Poelzl (Living)
Rick Steves (Budget Travel)
Tracy Scharn and Pamela Houston (Disability Travel)
Christine Victorino (Volunteering)
Kathy Widing (Travel Books),
Arnie Wills (Senior Travel)

Advertising Manager
Kate McGrail

Webmaster
Joe Obeng

Cover
Meryl Sargeant. Bedouin man at home, Wadi Rum, Jordan


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