3 sure-fire ways a semester abroad will improve your life

It’s not difficult to make the argument to go abroad. Travel, adventure, new friends, and experiences. What's not to like!  If you still have some reservations, maybe you think it’s not worth the financial and emotional stresses, here are three sure-fire ways we think studying abroad and traveling will not only make you a better person but drastically improve your future opportunities too. 

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New Perspective

There simply is no supplement for real world experience, especially when it comes to understanding the many different ways people live, their cultures, and the ways in which we all fit together. Fully immersive travel and study abroad programs take you beyond the screen of tourism into the true lives of people around the world.

As they say, life begins at the end of your comfort zone, and while traveling as a tourist certainly exposes you to a country’s culture and its people, becoming a part of the community does so much more.

It can be difficult to understand how and why people do what they do, believe in what they believe in, eat what they eat… but the everyday immersion that travel provides gives you an all-access pass to understanding and compassion. Everyone’s experiences are different, unique, and important. 

 Traveling abroad not only opens your mind to new perspectives but helps develop personal insight as well. Often we don’t even realize we see things differently until we come up against contrasting attitudes. 

 

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Impress Universities and Employers

Students applying to universities are now facing steep competition. Admission boards require the highest of grade point averages, the longest list of extracurricular activities, and more and more unique individuals.

 You can set yourself apart by being an applicant who has pushed the boundaries of their comfort zones and put both their critical and emotional skills to the test by traveling and studying abroad. Studies show that traveling and attending university abroad actually makes people smarter, or better at critical thinking. Time.com reports, “students who adopted an open and adaptive attitude toward foreign cultures became better able to make connections among disparate ideas” in addition to being “better able to generate creative ideas” (Paul 2014).

 Many study abroad programs offer college credit as well, so summer and gap year programs prior to entry at university work quite well in student’s favor. Not sure exactly what you want to study? You can take some time for reflection and self-discovery on a program anywhere in the world. Students who study abroad early tend to have a better understanding of what it is they want to study and ultimately spend their life doing, and by default spend less time and money at university in pre-requisite classes or jumping from one major to the next.

 Employers pick from lists full of individuals with the same education, same qualifications, and often same background. Just as admissions boards at universities look for those who stand out from the crowd, potential employers will be well impressed by your initiative to truly experience the world and the challenges travel entail at an age where many don't.

 

 

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Networking 

Spending time abroad inevitably leads to a whole group of new friends and acquaintances. Many connections made at this time of your life can have a huge bearing on your life at a later date - jobs in new cities or countries may open up from travel buddies, or those who have studied similar fields and remember you as a great person who could suit working with them now. 

 Not only will semester and gap year study abroad programs introduce you to loads of new people, but the relationships you form while traveling are stronger than most. Staying safe, experiencing new things constantly, and getting the most out of your adventure requires top-notch travel buddies. The people you meet along the way are just as important and will encompass an even larger portion of your new network, so be friendly, be genuine, and keep in contact.

 

Here at Pure Exploration, we specialize in helping young people have life-changing tours of New Zealand. Whether it's summer or winter, a gap year or a find yourself year, a semester abroad or an internship, we have all your options covered. 

 


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Pure Exploration are everyday Kiwis, helping people have extraordinary experiences. We are a travel company, but really more into providing experiences. Activity-based travel that kicks ass.
Real travel isn’t just about box-ticking guidebook recommendations or Instagram shots, it’s about authentic experiences spent with new friends who inspire you to think about the world and yourself in new ways.

Our aim is to help young people develop all the skills necessary to attack their goals in life and have the confidence to move forward into their next level of education or employment.

 

Written by Kaylee Pickett

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References

 

Paul, A. M. (2014, April 29). How Studying or Working Abroad Makes You Smarter. Retrieved July 18, 2017, from http://time.com/79937/how-studying-or-working-abroad-makes-you-smarter/

 

 

 

 

 

 


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14th October 2018

Alrighty, our first check in from Ken, our ambassador currently on the New Zealand Adventure Guide Program! Check out his run-down on Orientation week here..https://bit.ly/2C7A5kN

13th October 2018

We've had some rather snowy Spring weather in NZ over the last few days, but it will mean some beauutiful hiking days afterwards! #brightside #freshies

12th October 2018

Meet Ivor, our head guide in New Zealand. Hailing from Scotland, Ivor brings decades of experience climbing and guiding around the world. He has a few good stories to share and a great sense of humour!

8th October 2018

We only have 3 places left for our Expedition Leader Program, starting June 2019! This overland tour heads through Southern China, Peru and Nepal, heading to famous regions and small villages alike. Perfect for those looking for experience in high altitude hiking and developing world regions. Ditch the desk job for a few months and join the missions!

7th October 2018

So, you've just signed up for the Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand. Touchdown in Queenstown. What happens now? Let's see...

7th October 2018

So many beautiful corners of New Zealand to explore. Does anyone know where this is? An area well known for its surf breaks, fish and chips and amazing regular visits from whales, dolphins and seals!

1st October 2018

A magic hike into north branch of the Routeburn with the honey badgers 👍🌿

30th September 2018

Team briefing, then off into the snowy springtime hills!

29th September 2018

Snow, a practical refreshing drink?

28th September 2018

"It’s given me a whole new perspective on life and changed me from a Londoner to someone who just wants to be in the outdoors." Click below to read more from Ethan, who completed our Adventure Guide Program in March this year! https://hubs.ly/H0dWFwZ0

26th September 2018

Awesome to see some of the crew testing out their trad climbing skills on Tombstone at Hospital Flat, near Wanaka today. A great effort by everyone!

23rd September 2018

This is what we like to see. Grins from ear to ear! 😜

20th September 2018

Are you keen to test your outdoor skills at high altitude? To explore developing world regions? To hang out with like-minded, inspiring people? We think you are in the right place, my friend.

18th September 2018

Beautiful intro to hike module 1 with a day hike in Arrowtown! Team 3 was introduced to new navigation skills including compass and map reading, identifying local and exotic flora and fauna, and some people skills to go along with guiding. Ivor entertained the team with stories and facts along the way to split up the trek. What a way to spend your Tuesday!

17th September 2018

If you see an out of office on our emails today, this is why.

17th September 2018

Some surprise snow for Spring in Queenstown, New Zealand! Movie day for our team ❄❄☃️

10th September 2018

Founder Zach instructing team three on their first day on the rock. Pure Exploration's immersive and hands on program takes first time climbers and trains them to be rock leaders. Giving them the tools and knowledge to pass on to future climbers. At first sight the walls can be intimidating, but the intimate teaching environment and one on one instructor-trainee relationship gave these first timers the confidence to send their first routes.

9th September 2018

We currently have three groups in Queenstown, New Zealand taking part in the Adventure Guide Program. Here's Team three packing up their twelve person van like absolute pros!

9th September 2018

Team three setting up camp in Wanaka for their first week of climbing. Not a bad view, I guess!

6th September 2018

When adventure guides meet Real Country

6th September 2018

Guys, meet Team Honey Badger. We can tell its gonna be a good 3 months!

5th September 2018

Double cone in the setting sun. Queenstown is truly amazing. The perfect place that lends inspiration for all of us aspiring adventure guides. #neverstopexploring

5th September 2018

Team two crushing the poses around Queenstown today, and perhaps catching the occasional goat! Orientation week has gone off without a hitch and everyone is really bonding as a unit. Can't wait to get on the trail next week!

3rd September 2018

John from Real Country showing @crystalgraham_ from our August Pure Ex crew how to drench a hogget (giving them a dose of vitamins!). Thanks again to Real Country for an amazing afternoon of fun and learning. Cheers!