Or do they? You’ve just returned home after an adventure abroad. With delight, you tell your friends and family about the beautiful sights you’ve seen, the delicious food you’ve eaten, and the interesting people you’ve met. As time goes on, you may start to feel that no one is interested in hearing your repeated tales of exploration and discovery. However, that is the furthest thing from the truth. There are many students in the U.S. and around the world who are eager to know what it’s like to live abroad. Here are several ways you can effectively share your experience with an awaiting audience:
Have you considered writing about your experience abroad? Blogs can be a great outlet for sharing your experiences with a community of likeminded individuals. Blogs can also great sources of inspiration for students who are looking for guidance and information about what it would be like to live abroad from a student perspective.
Sharing Video and Photos
As the old saying goes, “A picture speaks a thousand words”—with this I would include videos as well. You’ve taken hundreds, let’s be honest, thousands of pictures of your adventures abroad. But, what have you done with them. Most likely they are going unused on your camera or laptop. Uploading your photos and videos to sites like Diversity Abroad will give meaning to your photos and videos by enriching the lives of others who will be encouraged to seek their own adventures abroad.
Have tips and suggestions for students wanting to study abroad? Try joining online discussion forums. Forums provide you with many opportunities to share your thoughts and answer multitude of students’ questions about living abroad.
Your experiences are priceless. Sharing your life abroad with others will give those experiences greater meaning and encourage students, just like you, to take the next step to set off on their own adventure and explore the world around them.
To learn more about ways to share your experiences abroad, check out the following Diversity Abroad links:
Study and Travel Abroad Blogs: http://www.diversityabroad.com/blogs
Study and Travel Abroad Forums: http://www.diversityabroad.com/travel-forum
-Tony Reyes, Diversity Abroad