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Transitions Abroad Magazine January/February 2007 Vol. XXX, NO.4
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Issue Focus: Short-Term Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer Programs Abroad
Location Focus:
Asia and the Pacific Rim

Feature

Geocaching: Global Hunts Lead Travelers to Treasured Locations
If you’re game for exploration, education, and local interaction read on…Kelly Amabile introduces us to new high-tech scavenger hunts that are catching on all over the world. With more than 330,000 GPS-enabled quests designed for adults and kids alike, you’re guaranteed to find one worth pursuing on your next trip abroad.

GenXPat: Guide for Young Professionals Abroad

Margaret Malewski: GenXpat
The author of GenXpat talks to Jennifer Crystal about the challenges and rewards for young mobile professionals living and working abroad .

Ms. Malewski joined the ranks of “GenXpat,” defined as members of Generation X (born between 1964 and 1981) who choose to live and pursue a career abroad. Faced with what she calls the biggest challenge particular to GenXpat—“managing the combined demands of working and moving when there is no spouse or partner to help you”—Ms. Malewski now paves the way for other young, single graduates with her new book GenXpat: The Young Professional’s Guide to Making a Successful Life Abroad.

Columns

Back Door Travel by Rick Steves
A Day in the Life of Rick Steves
The Europe Travel Guru Takes His Readers on the Road

The Resourceful Traveler by Tim Leffel
Making Your Fantasy Job a Reality
How to Find and Create Full-Time Work Abroad

Senior Travel by Alison Gardner
Mišo’s Island
Explore Croatia’s Island of Vis on Dalmatian’s Outer Rim

Local Encounters by Michele Peterson
Make a Detour to France’s Gypsy Mecca
Independent Travelers Reap Rewards by Keeping Options Open

Living and Working Abroad
Living Abroad in China

Living Abroad in China by Stuart & Barbara Strother
Make Your Move to the Middle Kingdom. Despite Challenges, Working in China is a Rewarding Cross-Cultural Experience

Tips for Finding a Home Abroad Volker Poelzl
A Job Fair: The Inside Story Joseph W. Keleher
Settle in Malaysia Emile Dodds
Job Hunting in Australia Lisa Pontefract
Prepare to Teach Abroad Emily M. Bosland
Consider Your Job Offer Carefully Diana Campbell
Ten Tips for Managing Your TEFL Class Jann Huizenga
English Camp, Jeju Island Alice Driver
A Primer for ESL Teachers in China Andrew Norman
Teaching in China: How to Prepare, What to Expect Valerie Sartor
A Teaching Career in Japan Aaron Paulson
Teaching Opportunities in Vietnam David M. Lenard
Teaching English in Paraguay Andrea DiBenardo
Volunteer Teachers Needed in Belize Yeal Flusberg
Taking a CELTA Course in Poland Mary Ellen Monahan
English Teaching in Ukraine Bridget Goodman
Teaching EFL in Istanbul Andrew K. Burger


Short-Term Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer Programs
by Susan Griffith
Teaching English Abroad
Work abroad and experience the world from a local perspective. There’s no telling what doors it will open—from learning a foreign language, to acquiring a new skill, to jumpstarting a career.
You’ll satiate your wanderlust, gain a better understanding of the world, and maybe even bring home a few dollars, yen, euros, or rupees….

Immersion Travel

Asia and the Pacific Rim
Trekking the Himalayas Larry Morgan
Ethical Travel in China Gareth Davey
Dreamtime Travel: Australia Margaret Ambrose
Arranging to Stay with a Host Family Michael D. Kerlin
Japan’s Healing Waters John Lander
Auroville: India’s Unique Township Gemma Alexander
Cultural Lessons in Kerala Caroline Wagner
For the Smile of a Child: Cambodia Sara Schonhardt
Wildlife Volunteering in Thailand Erika Wedenoja
Stay on an Organic Mulberry Farm: Laos Johanna DeBiase
Responsible Shopping in Hanoi Sherry Gray
Volunteer in Nepal Claire Varley

Departments

Information Exchange

Explorations
Himalaya Book Review Sherry Schwarz
Best Blogs Jennifer Crysta
World Music Bret Chenkin
Teaching in Asia Jennifer Crystal
Calendar Ann Jareckie
Off the Radar Travel Adventures Christina Heyniger
Book Reviews Anna Bolognani

Abroad at Home
International Music: A Cultural Bridge Anne E. Stewart

Travel to Eat
Explore Malay Cuisine Emille Dodds

Activist Responsible Traveler
Healing The Wounds of War Merry Young

First Person
Four Weeks that Changed My Life Ron Martinez

Endpage
When the Journey is the Destination… Elayne Clift

From The Editor

Himalaya: Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge, and Hope is one of those rare books that crossed my desk and enthralled me. The stories of Sherpas, mountaineers, physicians, philanthropists, and monks stoked my interest in visiting this exalted region. More than that, they incited my desire to know more and do more to help preserve this region, which faces mounting challenges, such as loss of biodiversity, eroding cultural traditions, lack of education, poor health care, and political unrest.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama writes in Himalaya, “I hope that with increased awareness both of the treasures that exist in this part of the world and of how easily they may soon be lost, we may see more concerted efforts to restore the Himalaya as a zone of peace and to regain the natural conservation that once prevailed there for so long.”

While Himalaya is as compelling as I write in my review (page 12), what made the deepest impression on me are its stories of Tibetan refugees. Since the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet in 1949, Tibetans have struggled to keep their culture intact and regain their freedom. An estimated 150,000 Tibetans have risked their lives to escape Tibet, fleeing political, cultural, and religious oppression. In Himalaya Tshering Dorjee, The American Himalayan Foundation associate field director, tells the story of Taga, a 22-year-old man who joined 15 other Tibetans to escape to Nepal. Like many Tibetan refugees, Taga’s group fled in winter, traversing the most commonly used route: over the Himalayas, through the nearly 19,000-foot Nangpa mountain pass. On this crossing, Tibetans face life-threatening risks, including hypothermia, snow blindness, frostbite, and the possibility of falling.

A number who make the journey are children, as in Taga’s story, in which he refused to leave behind two young girls who could not keep up with the group.

Tragically many Tibetans, especially children, do not make it to safety; even some of those who do are arrested, interrogated, tortured, and imprisoned—or, at times, fired upon by Chinese security forces, as is reported to have happened on Sept. 30, 2006, when a Tibetan Buddhist nun was killed and the rest of her group taken into custody. At the time of press, details were still emerging from this incident, which is receiving more public attention than usual, largely due to the fact that it took place during peak climbing season when there were said to be some 40 witnesses.

The escape into exile is a daunting one, as is the Tibetan situation at large. Yet, there is hope. Many who have traveled to Tibet or met ethnic Tibetans in Bhutan, Dharamsala, and Ladakh or in Tibetan refugee communities in India or Nepal have become ardent supports for Tibet.

This issue’s cover photographer, Cedar Bough Saeji, traveled to Tibet in June 2006 with her husband Karjam Saeji, who comes from a family of Tibetan nomadic herders. Karjam left Tibet nearly a decade ago to become a traditional Tibetan singer and dancer. They returned to his hometown, Ahwencang, to make a 3-month trek across Tibet to Lhasa, following a traditional Tibetan Buddhist custom “reflecting a level of belief that ignores modern conveniences like the newly inaugurated railroad [China’s railway to Tibet],” says Cedar. “To my husband, this is a journey to teach me a deeper, truer understanding of Tibetan culture, of what it means to be Tibetan, the pure Buddhist believe that has driven thousands of feet before ours.” To read more about Cedar’s trip, see the “Trek” section of her website (www.cedarsphotography.com).

If you are interested in traveling to Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet has an informative article on ethical travel in Tibet on its website (see “About Tibet—Travel at www.students forafreetibet.org). It also has a comprehensive “action center,” as does SaveTibet.org.

Sherry Schwarz

Transitions Abroad Magazine

Publisher and Editor
Sherry Schwarz
Founding Editor and Publisher
Dr. Clay A. Hubbs
Web Content Editor
Gregory Hubbs
Design
Nashima Gokani
Advertising Manager
Kate McGrail
Office Manager
Patricia Bolognani
Editorial Assistant
Jennifer Crystal

Contributing Editors
Susan Griffith (Work Abroad )
William Nolting (International Education and Work)
Jean-Marc Hachey (International Careers )
Volker Poelzl (Living Abroad)
Rick Steves (Budget Travel)
Rob Sangster (Independent Travel)
Tim Leffel (The Resourceful Traveler )
Zahara Heckscher (Volunteering Abroad)
Edward Trimnell (Language Immersion)
Deborah McLaren (Responsible Travel )
Ron Mader (Ecotourism and Latin America)
Karl Haigler and Rae Nelson (Gap Year)
Cynthia Harriman (Family Travel)
Bill Mohan (Teen Travel)
J. Mara DelliPriscoli (Lifelong Learning)
Michele Scheib (Disability Travel)

On The Cover
Young nomad women from Maqu, in the Amdo region of Tibet, are visiting a monastery in their finery, including Mediterranean coral jewelry and ocelot pelts on their overcoats.  The tube scarves they wear are the height of fashion among girls in their late teens and early twenties. Photo by Cedar Bough Saeji.

Cedar Bough Saeji is currently applying for Ph.D. programs in anthropology. She has lived overseas, mostly in Korea and Tibet, for more than a decade and supports herself with an eclectic mix of editing, translating, writing, and photography. Visit her website at www.cedarsphotography.com.

Mission Statement
Transitions Abroad is the only publication dedicated to work, study, living, and immersion travel abroad. Its purpose is the dissemination of practical information leading to a greater understanding of other cultures through direct participation in the daily life of the host community.