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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18th April 2019

This exceptional bunch of humans have finished up their time with us on the Adventure Guide Program in NZ. Its been so fun having them join us, alongside their awesome instructor Rosey. Keep in touch guys! 😘

8th April 2019

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4th April 2019

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25th March 2019

Time to meet the team! This is John. He is one of our Program Instructors, currently leading a group completing the Adventure Guide Program in Queenstown, New Zealand. John grew up enjoying the outdoors of Florida. Having joined the military when he turned 18, he soon began traveling and seeing the world, thus instilling in him a passion for travel. In the military as a JTAC, he was responsible for directing the action of combat aircraft. He received training not only in his core job skills but also navigation, survival, and bushcraft. After the military, he moved to Bend, Oregon to pursue his helicopter pilots license. Climbing in the countless places available to him in Central Oregon, he soon developed a passion for the sport as well as a deeper appreciation for the outdoors. John is a legend with a heart of gold, and an even bigger appetite - for food and for the outdoors! It's awesome having him on our team

24th March 2019

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20th March 2019

Adventure Guide Program crew meeting some key adventure tourism industry employers from around New Zealand tonight at our networking event. It's so great to be able to make these connections and get CVs straight into the key recruiters hands.

19th March 2019

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17th March 2019

Orientation week in New Zealand is a chance to settle in, get to know your new team mates and explore this new land which will become home for the next 12 weeks.

14th March 2019

What types of people come on our programs? People from all over the globe join us for adventure travel missions. Generally we see people who are between 19 - 32 years old - taking a break before college, taking a break for getting into the workplace, taking a break from their work desk! It's all about immersing yourself in the outdoors, forgetting the pressures of everyday and enjoying feeling fit, healthy and renews by visiting new places. Join the crew!

12th March 2019

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10th March 2019

It's time to get the hiking backpack out of the cupboard and buy a ticket abroad. Go on....

8th March 2019

Our adventure travel programs are all about living life to the full, getting away from your work desk, putting down that phone and refreshing your soul. Fresh air, fascinating cultures, like minded mates, learning new skills. Join the crew and take some time to focus on you!

8th March 2019

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8th March 2019

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6th March 2019

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5th March 2019

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3rd March 2019

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1st March 2019

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1st March 2019

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26th February 2019

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13th February 2019

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