5 Affordable Ways for Students to Travel the World

Jun 01, 2011

Are you interested in traveling the world while furthering your education? There are several ways you can travel affordably and in many cases for free. Some benefits of traveling as a student are that you'll learn about different cultures, visit famous landmarks, and meet fellow students from around the world.

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1. Study Abroad

Most colleges and universities offer opportunities to study in another country and earn college credits. Many courses offered abroad range from culture and literature to archaeology and language acquisition. Not only will you be completely immersed in a new culture - you'll also learn from a variety of international professors with different teaching styles. You may want to find out what study abroad programs are available at your school in order to plan accordingly in terms of travel costs, time schedules, and personal commitments.

2. Become a Chaperone

If you work in the field of education as a teacher, teacher's assistant or even an administrative worker in a school's office, you may be able to serve as a chaperone for a group of students who will be traveling to another country. There are many student travel companies that offer free trips to chaperones as long as a certain number of students sign up to travel abroad. You can talk to the teachers who are organizing the trip to let them know you are willing to serve as a chaperone. The organizers may not be able to take time off from school for various reasons, which may provide you with an opportunity to travel for free.

3. Work Abroad

There are many jobs abroad that you can apply for via the Internet. You may want to check with different embassies to find out what opportunities are available. In many cases, not only will you earn money while working abroad, but your transportation and housing costs may also be covered by the embassy.

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4. Teach English

Teaching English as a second language is a job that is on the rise. You can apply to become an English teacher abroad, which typically requires you to work all day and have the evenings free to explore the country. Most, if not all, companies that employ English teachers will cover all transportation and housing costs as well as providing you with a monthly salary in return for your teaching service.

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5. Join an Organization

There are various organizations that are looking to sponsor students who have a passion for certain subjects or who have an interest in learning about other cultures. There are also some international volunteer abroad programs for students who are willing to assist in serving underprivileged individuals or helping with endangered species protection.

Remember to do your homework and find out who is willing to help you travel for low cost or for free to gain a memorable experience abroad.

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