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Transition Abroad Magazine January/February 2002


At Home in Thailand
The Elephant’s Eye
If Thailand is shaped like an elephant’s trunk, Chiang Mai is where the eye would be. Sara Avant Stover has interviewed scores of American expatriates and reports on Chiang Mai’s many attractions.

Also: Kenneth Champeon Volunteering in Chiang Mai.

Special Issue

Jobs Abroad
Working in War Zones
Jeff Morris, just back from two years’ service with the UN, reports on the satisfying—if sometimes dangerous—adventures 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

Volunteering Abroad

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.


Information Exchange
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 Traveler’s Tool Kit, about Travel in a Time of War.

Rick Steves Safeguarding Travel Dreams.

Volker Poelzl on the best Travel Safety Resources.

Best Bargains
Robert E. Buckley describes how a trip to Istanbul is one of the world’s 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.

Education Abroad

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

Participant Stories
Brianne Nadeau Study in the Philippines
Oana Uiorean Study in the Balkans


Volker Poelzl The Future of Travel

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.

—Clay Hubbs

Editor and Publisher
Clay Hubbs

International Education Editors
Barbara Burn, William Hoffa, William Nolting

Contributing Editors
Dianne Brause (Socially Responsible Travel)
Dave Fox (Traveler’s 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).

Business Manager
Lisa Green

Production Manager
Janet Lowry

Content Engineer/New-Media
Joe Obeng

Office Manager
Melanie Convery

Printing Publishers Press
Lebanon Junction, KY

Cover Photo Global Spectrum Photo
Location Bac Ha, Vietnam

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