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Transitions Abroad Magazine January/February 2001
Vol XXIV. No. 4


Travel to Shangri La
Bhutan Sets Its Own Term
Travel to Bhutan, the independent Buddhist kingdom bordered by Tibet, Nepal, and India, requires special permission. Theodosia Greene explains why it’s worth booking a tour and Robyn Ray tells why and how to do it on your own.

Special issue

Volunteer Abroad
In Making a Difference for Others, David Funk finds that the people in Vietnam have little but seem to have it all.
Dan Kaplan tells how to combine enlightenment and volunteer work in Dharamsala.
Janet Park combining Spanish study and adventure in Guatemala.
Jon Kohl training local guides in Central America
Jessie Feller work, study, and play in the Dominican Republic.

Short-Term Work Abroad
Short-Term Work: The Key Employers
Susan Griffith lists the more than 200 organizations and resources most likely to help you land a rewarding short-term job overseas. From au pairing in Europe to working on archaeological digs in Israel, the possibilities are limitless! 

ESL Training and Placement Programs
Getting Your Teaching Credentials
While in some countries those with only a bachelor’s degree can find teaching jobs, TESOL certification is demanded by more and more employers. Here’s how to get it.
Also: Deborah Bassett Teaching in Italy
Darby Cameron Doll Teaching in Taiwan
Cade White Teaching in Russia


Information Exchange

Transitions Abroad Q&A

Travelers’ Almanac

The Educated Traveler
Ann Waigand, our special interest travel editor, visits Ireland, Iceland, and Greenland—all in three days! Also by Ann Waigand, Special Interest Travel Notes.

Alternative Tours
Architectural Tours in Europe,
Nature Tours in Lapland,
Customized Garden Tours Anywhere,
Culinary Tours in Sicily, Spiritual Travel in Bali,
Land Tours in North Korea,
Self-Guided Itineraries Worldwide,
Volunteer Programs in Latin America,
Reality Tours to Cuba

The Learning Traveler
Robert Jacobs Britain’s Adult Colleges.
Sandi Sonnenfeld Creative Retreat in Tuscany

Alternative Travel Destinations
Carool Kersten Opening Up of Saudi Arabia.

The Independent Traveler

Clay Hubbs talks with Marian Goldberg from the Japan National Tourist Organization about Internet travel.

Solo Woman Traveler
Susan Griffith Travel Before and After.

Best Bargains
Ty Treadwell Bulgaria’s Seaside Resorts

Kathy Widing France’s Celtic Corner.
Lisel Doreste Day Trips from Douala.
Sean Hickey Travel on the Upper Amazon in Peru.
Pamela Terry Round-the-World Travel Planning.
Joe Werner Scotland’s Far North.
Andre H. Nelson The Road to Agincourt.

Alternative Travel Resources
New planning guides tell you how you can eat smart, take better photos, use the Internet for all it’s worth, connect with other travelers, and more.

Back Door Travel
Rick Steves takes us to Europe’s scariest castles.

Education Abroad

Study Abroad Adviser
Brian Harley on Being an Activist Abroad

Student to Student
Jennifer Langenbach World Citizenship
Edward Newton Listening to the Dalai Lama

Karen Rodriguez Defending Study Abroad

Program News and Notes


Thomas Handy Loon contemplates a 10-day meditation retreat in Thailand

From the Publisher

As our regular readers know, Transitions Abroad details the ways to avoid superficial tourist experiences abroad and helps visitors to other countries find the information they need to see and do things in their own way and—insofar as possible—in the company of the people they’re visiting.

Of all the roads to cultural immersion none is more direct than working side by side with the members of a local community on a worthwhile project. Among the thousands of opportunities that Susan Griffith points to in her list of short-term job options abroad (page 40) some are paid, but most are volunteer. And except for teaching English in countries like Japan and South Korea, most of the short-term jobs that do pay, pay little. So unless you really need the money to pay for the next leg of your journey around the world, why not volunteer?

The rewards are immeasurable.
The costs are often negligible.
The choices are astonishingly varied.

Look at Africa, for example: You can work with homeless children in Tanzania or help build Habitat for Humanity homes in Ghana; you can join a paying group of conservation volunteers in rural Kenya or work for room and board on an organic farm in Togo. From Morocco to South Africa you can work with other international volunteers on an almost endless range of projects (pages 40-42).

And that’s just one continent.

For a flavor of what it’s like to be a volunteer turn to the first-hand reports starting on page 32. One theme emerges from all the accounts: While the reason for volunteering may have been to make a difference for others, what is remarkable is the effect on the volunteer. As with the thousands of students who go abroad each year, volunteers report that the immersion, even briefly, in a new way of life challenges previously held beliefs and leads to the discovery of new ways of thinking.

— Clay Hubbs

Editor and Publisher
Dr. Clay A. Hubbs

International Education Editors
Barbara Burn, William Hoffa, William Nolting

Contributing Editors
Kari Bodnarchuk (Travel Q & A)
Dianne Brause (Socially Responsible Travel)
Susan Griffith (Work)
Cynthia Harriman (Family)
Ron Mader (Latin America)
Deborah McLaren (Ecotourism)
William Nolting (Work)
Volker Poelzl (Living)
Kent St. John (Independent Travel)
Rick Steves (Budget Travel)
Susan Sygall (Disability Travel)
Christine Victorino(Volunteering)
Kathy Widing (Travel Books)

Business Manager
Lisa Green
Production Manager
Gian Lombardo

Content Engineer/New-Media
Joe Obeng

Office Manager
Melanie Convery

Publishers Press, Lebanon Junction, KY

Cover Photo
Luke Golobitsh
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