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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13th February 2019

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11th February 2019

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10th February 2019

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9th February 2019

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7th February 2019

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7th February 2019

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6th February 2019

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4th February 2019

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29th January 2019

If there was an emergency near you, would you actually be able to help? We get feedback from participants every program that they felt our Pre-hospital Emergency Care qualification (PHEC) was a super constructive and valuable part of their time with us - not only for those looking to feel prepared for outdoor careers, but for gaining confidence in First Aid to a strong level for everyday life. Ken, our current ambassador, takes us through the group's experience of PHEC here...https://bit.ly/2RiYnfA

28th January 2019

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28th January 2019

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25th January 2019

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24th January 2019

Touchdown in New Zealand for the January intake of the Adventure Guide Program and so far, so amazing!

18th January 2019

Adventure Guide Program team bonding underway. So cool seeing people at the start of a 12 week journey, knowing so much awesomeness awaits them!

18th January 2019

We are very excited and proud to be annouced as one of the top 3 overall gap year providers for the 2018 @gooverseas Community Choice Awards! We work in an industry of amazing organisations that all work hard to provide young people with life changing experiences, so to be given a nod as one of the most exciting is really amazing for us. Thanks to you all! 🙏

18th January 2019

Dang, what an exceptionally attractive bunch of humans. Huge welcome to the new crew who have touched down in Queenstown for the summer edition of the Adventure Guide Program. Bring on the good times team!

13th January 2019

What are the 10 Best Gap Year destinations for 2019? Go Overseas give the low down on the new hotspots that need to be on your bucket list! https://www.gooverseas.com/blog/best-places-gap-year

12th January 2019

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10th January 2019

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7th January 2019

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6th January 2019

Whilst in Patagonia on our Adventure Guide Program, as well as hiking, climbing and sea kayaking, you'll also get the chance to experience rural Patagonian life, with a farm-stay at a working cattle ranch. South American Gauchos (the equivalent to US cowboys) are expert stock herders that move their cattle on horseback, and are animal experts and local legends. You’ll love this authentic mountain experience with locals! Find out more here https://bit.ly/2R9skDA

31st December 2018

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28th December 2018

One of the highlights of the Adventure Guide Program is the week based in the legendary NZ adventure region, Mt Cook. Home of the highest mountain in the country, this area is synonomous with rock and ice climbing, hiking, mountaineering, ski touring and general outdoor bad-assness. Not for the faint-hearted, you need solid training and systems in place to explore this area, which is subject to strong winds, sub-zero temperatures, avalanches and rockfall. For those who have the right skills however, this place is adventure nirvana! Check out Ken's update on their time at Mt Cook here...https://bit.ly/2GBiR3d

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