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What We Are Here For

GoAbroad.com is dedicated to providing this information in a clean and less-commercial format. Advertising space is limited and strategically placed for the most cohesive design. GoAbroad.com is a very user-friendly site, graphics are developed with load time as a priority, search directories and content are created as the market demands.

Our History

GoAbroad.com was launched to fill an information void in the area of international student travel. GoAbroad.com was conceptualized to provide a one-stop information center for students wishing to travel internationally. The site was created to link prospective travelers with organizations providing international opportunities. View our timeline

The People Behind GoAbroad

Jonathan Miers, Operations Manager - Asia

"The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences…"

With a life altering study abroad experience in London, Jonathan became internationally focused with aspirations of traveling and living abroad. Seeking to enhance his degree in Marketing, Jonathan enrolled in an MBA program concentrated in International Business at North Central College, while recruiting for the university's Admissions Office. After graduation his story starts with GoAbroad.com.

With an ever-evolving role, he has become a search engine optimization junky, a social media snob, and versed in international education. He reached a life goal of living abroad by becoming an expat in the Philippines; currently residing as Operations Manager overseeing GoAbroad's Philippines operations, including project management, product development, and general operations.

Countries Traveled to: The Philippines, China, England, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Ukraine, Mexico, Canada

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Analiza Aranas, Senior Marketing & Accounts Manager

"Wherever you go, you take yourself with you." – Neil Gaiman

Analiza Aranas graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. Prior to joining the GoAbroad team, Analiza worked as a Marketing executive for a Computer company and a prestigious International Fashion Company where she was repeatedly rewarded for her commitment and professionalism.

Analiza currently holds the position of Senior Marketing and Accounts Manager at GoAbroad.com and is responsible for maintaining and expanding partner and client relationships as well as consulting on new GoAbroad endeavours. Analiza has travelled throughout Southeast Asia, Australia, Canada and has become a familiar face on the International Education circuit having regularly attended NAFSA conferences in the United States for the past 7 years. Outside work, Analiza takes pride in being a devoted wife and mother of two beautiful children, whom she mentions to be her biggest source of inspiration.

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Czarisse Daphne Dolina, Technical Director

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." – Jawaharial Nehru

After completing her education with an academic scholarship in Computer Science, Daphne started work at GoAbroad.com's IT department as a programmer. She has since then proven her technical expertise to lead multiple key projects for GoAbroad.com and its clients.

Currently one of the company's Technical Directors, she manages the development of several innovative products for the travel industry including the ongoing GoAbroad.net redesign. Away from work, Daphne loves to travel and has explored key cities in Southeast Asia. She looks forward to more experiences abroad while promoting international travel and education.

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Nikki Powers, Vice President of Communications

"It is not down in any map; true places never are." – Herman Melville

As the Vice President of Communications, Nikki gets to be involved with many aspects of GoAbroad including leading the Fort Collins office, meeting with partners, and supporting our crowd-sourced fundraising tool FundMyTravel. During college Nikki studied in Santiago, Chile, where she found a new appreciation for cultural exchange through intensive art classes, intimate discussions with local friends, and volunteering in a Chilean middle school. She has experience volunteering, teaching, working, and studying abroad in a variety of countries throughout Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

A graduate of UW-Madison with a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in History, Nikki received several prestigious scholarships including the Hilldale Fellowship for Undergraduate Research which allowed her to travel to the National Archives to research women workers during WWII.

Nikki has presented at various conferences including NAFSA national and regionals, WYSTC, Lessons From Abroad, and webinars. She has been involved in the Lessons From Abroad conferences as the Rocky Mountain marketing chair, two-time conference co-chair, and the national LFA advisory board. When she's not working or planning her next adventure, Nikki enjoys volunteering with kids, shopping at thrift stores, snowboarding and backpacking, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. No matter where she goes, Nikki's favorite thing about working at GoAbroad is the amazing people she gets to meet along the way.

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Clyde Alegro, Senior Designer

"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." – Albert Einstein

Clyde is a graduate of the University of the Philippines - Tacloban in Computer Science. After starting his career in computer programming, he transitioned to designing to compliment his desire for creativity. His career with GoAbroad started over 7 years ago and he has grown into the Senior Lead Designer at GoAbroad, becoming the cornerstone to the design team.

Kayla Patterson, GoMedia Director & Social Media Strategist

"I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list." – Susan Sontag

Kayla graduated with a Bachelor's in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing from Colorado State University while working for GoAbroad, and has been with us ever since! Often referred to as our resident social media nerd, Kayla serves as our GoMedia Director and Social Media Strategist. From helping clients manage their online marketing to developing and implementing GoAbroad’s own social networking strategy, Kayla has become an expert in online marketing for international education.

After running her own residential cleaning business and working in various restaurants through college, Kayla says she's found her niche working in online marketing. One of her biggest regrets was never studying abroad during her undergrad, but says working for GoAbroad helps tell students that no matter your situation, going abroad IS possible! Her favorite country is the Philippines, and she is a lover of shopping and desserts. Follow Kayla on Twitter at @kaylapatt!

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Joyce Tamayo, Partner Relations Representative

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new views, but in seeing with new eyes." – Marcel Proust

Joyce began her adventure at GoAbroad.com in 2007 when she started as an Editor. With a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of the Philippines - Tacloban College, she has worked on maintaining the content of the website and doing research for future projects. A year later, she joined the Partner Relations team who works on expanding and strengthening relations with program providers and advertising partners. As an attendee of the WYSTC and NAFSA conferences, she gained valuable knowledge that motivated her to spread the word about the study abroad field.

Despite being in the travel abroad industry, she considers herself directionally-challenged but her claim to fame is when she traveled the major cities of South Korea by herself. On ordinary weekends, Joyce loves staying at home - bundled with her two kids and watching a good film.

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Elsa Thomasma, Editor & Content Manager

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” - Anita Desai

Elsa received her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Sociology at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Between semesters, Elsa decided to volunteer in the Philippines for a summer. To this day that decision stands as the most pivotal choice of her entire life. Since her first trip to the Philippines, Elsa has traveled to a handful of other countries, from Thailand to England to The West Indies. As GoAbroad's Content Manager, Elsa works to expand the quality and quantity of information available on the site, inspired by her own life-changing experience, so everyone can find their own way to explore the world.

After returning to the Philippines multiple times, Elsa developed a close relationship with the nonprofit she worked with, the local people she came in contact with, and the fun-loving culture that surrounded her. So by 2013, Elsa returned to the Philippines to construct a community center in a rural village, after raising funds for the project back in the U.S., and she hasn't been able to leave ever since. Elsa enjoys spending her free time conducting community activities at the center and watching the children grow. Elsa also serves as the Director of GoAbroad's charitable nonprofit, the GoAbroad Foundation, Vice President of the Board of Trustees for a local nonprofit, and Site Director for an international travel company geared toward Australian students.

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Carla Cinco, Content Manager

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." - C.S. Lewis

After earning her undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of the Philippines, Carla decided to leave her hometown of Tacloban City to explore the hustle and bustle of Manila. Realizing the big city pollution and traffic was not her thing, she returned home and was lucky enough to land a job at GoAbroad Philippines as Listings Manager. Since then her position has ranged from software development to content management. Overtime, GoAbroad has opened her eyes to the world of international education and travel.

Her passion for travel has taken her all over the Philippines exploring the white beaches, beautiful waterfalls, raging rivers, historic old towns, and majestic mountains her country has to offer. Her first international travel was to attend the NAFSA Conference in San Diego, CA. She was able to enjoy a week in Colorado before she traveled in the GoAbroad Road Show Bus from Fort Collins, to a night in Las Vegas and a blast of a week in the city of San Diego. She is dreaming of ticking off Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Brazil, Greece, Italy, and England from her travel bucket list next.

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Tonya Tooley, GoAbroad HQ Manager

All of our dreams come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. -Walt Disney

Tonya has an adventurous spirit and a passion for travel. After studying abroad in Prague, she fell in love with international education. She earned her bachelors degree in Business Management and Marketing with a focus in International Business from Colorado State University. Since then she has worked with RateMyStudyAbroad.com and is the co-founder and as the strategic editor of Life After Study Abroad Magazine. In 2014 she joined GoAbroad.com’s GoMedia team to launch GoAbroad HQ.

Carrie Herrera Niesen, Editor

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but, by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends." -Maya Angelou

Prior to joining the team at GoAbroad, Carrie taught and advised students at the university level for five years, taught English in Spain, and worked abroad in Mexico. With an M.A. in Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico, and a dual B.A. in Communication Studies and Spanish from Winona State University, she's lucky to share her enthusiasm for culture and meaningful travel with writers, partners, and students alike.

When she's not directing the Writer's Academy or guiding content strategy, she's building communities on social media and fostering university relationships on the GoAbroad/STA Travel Roadshow. Carrie is active in presenting on topics related to international education. She has presented at regional and national NAFSA conferences, ITB Berlin, and Lessons from Abroad. With her passion and master's research background in re-entry, she serves as the Rocky Mountain Lessons from Abroad Co-Chair and directs Life After Study Abroad as their Editor-in-Chief. In her downtime, Carrie enjoys mastering her Spanish with her husband, planning her next visit to see family in Mexico, dabbling in international cuisines, and training for her next race.

As a first generation college student, she independently navigated her way to study abroad in Spain and Ecuador, and interned abroad in Argentina. It's her personal mission to increase access to high quality content on GoAbroad so others can make informed decisions about meaningful travel.

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Rachael VanDerWerff, Operations Manager - U.S.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Rachael VanDerWerff graduated from South Dakota State University (SDSU) with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. While attending SDSU she had the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad in Jönköping, Sweden. There she fell in love with the concept of international education and personally experienced how meaningful it is. Once she returned to the Midwest she began working in the International Affairs Office at SDSU where she meet with many eager students and helped them find the Study Abroad program that fit their needs.

She eventually left South Dakota and ventured out west, with her husband, to Colorado. She is now the Operations Coordinator for GoAbroad in the Fort Collins office and is thrilled to be able to continue to help individuals find their perfect international experience!

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Troy Peden, Founder

"One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." – Henry Miller

Troy Peden, one of the original founders, began design and research for the site while heading the study abroad program at the University of Colorado at Denver. Troy studied deaf education at Illinois State University and worked with handicapped refugees in Europe for the completion of his practical training. Troy earned a graduate degree in International Studies at the University of Colorado at Denver. He has continued his studies via a doctoral program in education policy. In addition, Troy has directed several non-profit international organizations. His extensive travel has included study, work and volunteering abroad throughout Europe and Russia, Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

He still works very closely with the NGO he helped found in Southeast Asia; current projects include the construction of several community centers in the Philippines and ongoing support for a street children project. Troy sits on several advisory boards and editorial boards and is the founder and former owner of International Education Programs. Troy resides in the mountains of Colorado with his wife, five children, his dog and daily house-guests from around the world.

Best Travel Day Ever: A day working triage at a medical relief clinic in Bandiphur, Nepal high in the Himalayas, ending with a musical performance of Simsime Pani Ma from the local school children. And about a million other similar experiences abroad…

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2850 McClelland Dr Suite 2700
Fort Collins CO 80525 U.S.A.
Phone: 720.570.1702
Fax: 720.570.1703

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