At Home in Thailand
The Elephants Eye
If Thailand is shaped like an elephants trunk, Chiang Mai is where the eye would be. Sara Avant Stover has interviewed scores of American expatriates and reports on Chiang Mais many attractions.
Also: Kenneth Champeon Volunteering in Chiang Mai.
Working in War Zones
Jeff Morris, just back from two years service with the UN, reports on the satisfyingif sometimes dangerousadventures of helping out in countries recovering from war.
Also: Christopher Deliso ESL Teaching in Greece
Jennifer Reader on ESL Teaching in Taiwan
Working in Egypt: Jane E. Cuccia says the jobs are there. Just settle in for a while and find one.
Shelley van Lit Living in Cairo
Why volunteer to do something you can get paid to do? The rewards are many. However, all volunteer programs are not equal. Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, and Zahara Heckscher explain how to choose the right overseas program.
The Key Employers
Susan Griffith's annual roundup of the major employers for short-term job seekers.
Relocating to London
Linzi Eisemann explains the ins and outs of moving to London: opening a bank account, (not) owning a car, healthcare, and more.
The Independent Traveler
Clay Hubbs talks with Rob Sangster, independent travel expert and author of Travelers Tool Kit, about Travel in a Time of War.
Rick Steves Safeguarding Travel Dreams.
Volker Poelzl on the best Travel Safety Resources.
Robert E. Buckley describes how a trip to Istanbul is one of the worlds Top Travel Bargains.
Luciana Lopez tells about her stays in Japanese Traditional Inns, a bargain for all travelers.
Marilyn and Paul Nejelski, veterans of 40 years of travel to Berlin, on how to discover Berlin as It Was.
Cora Nally on China by Train.
Back Door Travel
Rick Steves offers his annual roundup of the latest on European travel: Europe in 2002.
Study Abroad Adviser
In Go West to Asia! Dr. Glenn Shive describes how study abroad programs there have come of age
Work Abroad Adviser
Global employment consultant Mary Anne Thompson on How to Write a Resume for an International Job
Student to Student
Rob Atchison with only a degree and a desire to travel explains How to Live and Work Abroad
Cara Nissman in Madrid is Meat says a clue to learning about a culture is to learn about its food
Brianne Nadeau Study in the Philippines
Oana Uiorean Study in the Balkans
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.
Editor and Publisher
International Education Editors
Barbara Burn, William Hoffa, William Nolting
Dianne Brause (Socially Responsible Travel)
Dave Fox (Travelers Almanac)
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).
Printing Publishers Press
Lebanon Junction, KY
Cover Photo Global Spectrum Photo
Location Bac Ha, Vietnam