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Transitions Abroad Magazine Jan/Feb 2005 Vol. XXVIII, NO. 4

Information Exchange

Abroad at Home
Preparing for China Jeanne F. Becker
Combine Humanitarian Work with Sightseeing Preethi Burkholder
Food Lovers' Brazil Fish Recipe

Immersion Travel
Journey to the Cordilera Mountains Elbina Rafizadeh
Australia's Kangaroo Island Alison Gardner
Bird Walking in Hong Kong Judy Florman
Cairo Coffee Shops Leigh Hearn
From Greece to Turkey Richard Pierce
Accessible Japan Veronica Leonard
Sisterly Travel Jeanette Hurt
Vietnamese Cooking Michele Peterson
Okinawa: Center for Martial Arts Nolan Webb
Keeping Food Out of Your Packs Jeff Goldman
How to Shop the World Benjamin Koch
Honoring Tradition Jim Kane
Travel Portraits Karen Schulman
Rethinking Round-the-World-Travel Tim Leffel

Back Door Travel
Europe's Online Travel Deals Rick Steves

Jobs Abroad: Key Employers
Best Resources Susan Griffith
Classroom Teaching Tools Jonathan Clark
Teaching English in Africa Susan Bauer
Volunteering in Nigeria Jason Gaskell
Transitioning to Taiwan Amelie de Mahy
Teaching in Taiwan Danielle Staton
Teaching in Seoul Molly Kennedy
Teaching in Hong Kong Anna Marie Davis
China's High Demand Lydia Smith
Teaching English in China: Choose the Right School Eve Bergazyn
Shanghai Teaching Kristin Glavitsch
Teach Down Under Margot Pimentel
Czech Republic Opportunities Meredith Fox
Teaching in Prague Courtney Lochner
Teaching in Germany Holly Munn
Fulbright Assistantships, Austria and Germany Jeff Dehn
Teaching in Switzerland Catherine Richards
Finding TEFL Work in Italy Kevin Revolinksi
Teaching English in Ecuador Newley Purnell
Teaching in Buenos Aires Cara Pulick
Volunteering in Guatemala Mary Hammerback and Jennifer Nater
Teaching English in Xela Claire MacDonell
Teaching in Saudi Arabia Scott Zimmermann
Teaching Ideas for Developing-World Classes Terrie Chilvers
Selecting Reputable Schools Jane Mitchell
The Celta Training Course Andrea LeVasseur
Jobs in International Schools Meredith Alt

International Careers
Gen X Goes Abroad Jennifer Hamm

Living Abroad
Buying a Second Home Abroad Raymond Muzika

Learning Traveler
Teacher Exchange Sarah McGregor
Beyond Expectations: Study Abroad in Cuba and Mexico Anna Laird Barto
Leading Student Groups Abroad Slawka G. Scarso

Program News & Notes, Classifieds

Transitions Abroad
A Road in Africa Jason Stevenson

From the Editor

With the new year upon us, we find inspiration in the October 2004 Terra Madre meeting of worldwide food communities in Turin, Italy. Conference founder and founder of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini said, “While a political approach unfortunately always generates divisions, a cultural approach is a way of bringing people together." He spoke of food and cooking as language, identity, and a primary need of humankind. “This pleasure has never been and will never become the privilege of a few. It is one of the physiological prerogatives of all us, a sign of humankind’s serene relationship with nature and life. Round the world, no food culture is more important than another,” he said.

Transitions Abroad travelers know that nothing is more true. Joe David’s experience learning to cook the diverse ethnically-influenced cuisine of Brazil (page 10) and new Transitions Abroad “Local Encounters” columnist Michele Peterson’s foray into Vietnamese cooking (page 23) brought them closer to the people and spirit of their host countries.

Such cultural understanding and connections on a local level will help lead us through the political challenges ahead. At the time of this writing we are still wondering about the much-anticipated Iraqi and Palestinian elections and the outcome in the Ukraine—where exit polls showed the vanquished in the lead. We understand all too well these days the uncertainty and even corruption of national elections.

And speaking of exits, a month after the U.S. presidential election, I received a call from a reporter asking whether Transitions Abroad had received any articles from despairing U.S. residents preparing to move abroad. We had not. (Web Editor's Note: The website received an enormous and unprecedented surge in traffic - nearly doubling our normal daily visitors even when taking into account our traffic growth rate - for all forms of work abroad on November 3rd until the Thanksgiving holiday).

New horizons may be on the minds of some politically disillusioned, but many more readers relocate on a short-term basis for the sheer fulfillment of a period of living abroad.

You might get your feet wet like Raymond Muzika (page 77), who did much legwork in Europe before buying a second home in Austria, or Susan Bauer (page 42), who visited Africa three times before moving to Namibia for six years. Others get a taste for international life with short-term jobs, like the popular option of teaching abroad. We devote a large part of this issue to a Jobs Abroad resource section and to Participant Stories on teaching English. With a college degree, knowledge of English grammar, enthusiasm, patience, and the desire to live and work in another culture, you too can become a teacher of English abroad. If you’ve already taught abroad, and you’re hooked, you’ll discover plenty of new regional opportunities. If after reading this issue you are ready to sign up for a teaching English certification course—or if you want to go it alone—I encourage you to visit for more useful information. Also take a look at the revised 2005 edition of Susan Griffith’s indispensable Teaching English Abroad and Transitions Abroad’s own Work Abroad.

In addition to updating her classic book, Susan has also updated our Jobs Abroad Best Resources (page 36). We remain grateful to Susan for her dedication to helping people of all ages and backgrounds “work their way to the bank,” as writer Dan Eldridge puts it in the subtitle for his interview with Susan (page 12). I am reminded by their conversation that it is the experiences of others that encourage us to take life-changing paths. (Again, many more personal reports on work abroad can be found at

Finally, less we leave the all-important subject behind, we are reminded that politics is as integral a part of crossing borders as food and language. In the upcoming March/April issue Transitions Abroad independent travel editor and columnist Rob Sangster will revisit Burma (Myanmar), hoping to find that the latest release of prisoners, including some members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, may be indicative of a move toward a more democratic society.

Sherry Schwarz

Publisher and Editor
Sherry Schwarz
Founding Editor and Publisher
Dr. Clay A. Hubbs
Web Content Editor
Gregory Hubbs

Contributing Editors
Alison Gardner (Senior Travel)
Susan Griffith (Work)
Cynthia Harriman (Family Travel)
Zahara Heckscher (Volunteering)
Ron Mader (Latin America)
Deborah McLaren (Ecotourism)
Bill Mohan (Teen Travel)
William Nolting (International Education and Work)
Volker Poelzl (Living)
Rob Sangster (Independent Travel)
Rick Steves (Budget Travel)
Tracy Scharn and Pamela Houston (Disability Travel)
Kathy Widing (Travel Books)

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Mary Catherine Maxwell

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Kate McGrail

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A Nepalse woman winnows grain near Junbesi village, in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains.

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