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Elsa Thomasma

Elsa Thomasma GoAbroad Content Manager Asia Office

"I want the world to be better because I was here... if you are not making someone else's life better then you are wasting your time." - Will Smith

Elsa received her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Sociology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. In 2009, she embarked on her first volunteer trip to the Philippines, and after returning multiple times she began her own community project in a village called Cangumbang. Elsa presently works as Content Manager and Editor at GoAbroad's Asia Office.

Articles By Elsa Thomasma

How to Work Abroad in England created on 2014-12-12

Working abroad in England provides individuals with a plethora of resources and opportunities at their fingertips, whether it is traveling throughout Europe on the weekends or working for one of the top companies in the world. Experiencing British cul...

How to Volunteer in Orphanages Abroad created on 2014-09-18

Volunteering abroad in orphanages can literally be one of the most humbling volunteer experiences offered. Though orphanage standards vary greatly across the world, one characteristic remains, the need for extra hands, an energetic spirit, and an unde...

How to Intern Abroad in England created on 2014-05-05

Of all the nations in the United Kingdom, England tends to have the most recognition as a travel destination and seems to be frequented by business professionals possibly even more. Multiple English cities are world-renown for their exquisite history,...

How to Teach Abroad in the Philippines created on 2014-04-23

A nation of islands settled in the South Pacific, the Philippines awaits teachers interested in working in a relaxed setting amidst a friendly, inquisitive culture. From sprawling rice terraces to crystal clear waters, and untouched remote villages to...

Seven Foods to Try in Chiang Mai created on 2014-04-11

Of course, Thai food is amazing, and of course, it is very spicy. But when you are a newcomer in Thailand it is sometimes overwhelming reading a menu of so many mouth-watering dishes. Not to mention all the Pads and Khaos, that are sure to confuse any ...

Top Things to Do in Chiang Mai created on 2014-04-07

While Bangkok and Phuket are clearly the most frequented cities in Thailand, the north has much to offer tourists and long time visitors all the same. Chiang Mai provides visitors with a laid back, small town atmosphere, a bubbling and humorous nightli...

Six Reasons You’ll Regret NOT Studying Abroad created on 2014-03-16

Looking back on university days, many adults wrapped up in their careers and families regret not taking the chance when they had it. Studying abroad can be a once in a lifetime opportunity, and to not look into the possibility is to turn down a pricele...

15 Ways to Maintain Modesty Abroad created on 2014-02-04

When you step outside the borders of your country, you must keep one word in mind at all times. Modesty. Clothing, spending, physical closeness, money, conversation. Every part of your being must remember that you are not in your homeland, not necessar...

Top 9 Things to Bring When Volunteering in a Disaster Zone created on 2013-12-25

Natural disasters bring about numerous challenges; volunteers entering the affected area must be prepared to overcome those challenges alongside the locals. However, volunteers have the valuable opportunity to prepare before they arrive, unlike victims...

7 Benefits of Living with a Local Host Family created on 2013-10-30

Living with a home stay offers students, volunteers, interns, and teachers alike the opportunity to experience a plethora of benefits while traveling to a foreign place. Not every program offers this engaging opportunity, but those that do may be best ...

Must Have Travel Items for Travel Around the World created on 2013-09-30

Traveling around the world in any regard requires quite a lot of preparations, accommodation reservations, tickets, budgeting, currency conversion, and the list goes on. For many, the hardest part is packing for a trip, what to bring and what to leave ...

How to Intern Abroad in the Philippines created on 2013-09-29

Thousands of Islands filled with vibrant culture, optimism, and mother nature’s beauty. The flowing waterfalls of Biliran, brilliantly, white sand beaches of Boracay, infamous Chocolate Hills of Bohol, breathtaking rice terraces of Banaue, and a...

12 Reasons to Volunteer Abroad in High School created on 2013-09-17

The teenage years can be some of the greatest years of growth and development for humans as a whole. With these years come many struggles, challenges, and changes, posing many situations where the ability to adapt, overcome limitations, and pursue stre...

Volunteering: A Life Changing Experience created on 2013-09-17

The benefits of volunteering abroad are sometimes indescribable and undefinable. Volunteering shapes a person’s heart, mind, and soul completely, the chance to share the resources of one’s voice and own two hands. An incomparable opportunity to fully r...

Top Five Volunteer Abroad Destinations created on 2013-09-17

The first, and ultimately most essential, step to volunteering abroad is deciding what you want to do and where you want to go. Opportunities to volunteer are present in every country in the world, with projects ranging from healthcare and childcare to...

How to Accept the Challenges of Volunteering in Developing Nations created on 2013-09-05

International volunteer opportunities are typically located in developing nations. These locations tend to have the greatest social welfare and development needs, because they lack a local infrastructure or the government may not have the resources to ...

People to Avoid When Volunteering Abroad created on 2013-08-27

Anyone who has volunteered abroad has come across some interesting characters who they may prefer they had never met. Unfortunately, not every individual volunteering internationally is able to adjust to life in a new country. These are the top ten peo...

People To Avoid On Your Study Abroad Trip created on 2013-08-16

So you are about to study abroad and you want to get the most out of your experience!  Some of the larger study abroad programs attract a cross-section of U.S. students. Some of these classmates will become your lifelong friends, others you may find yo...

Top Seven Things to Do in Bangkok created on 2013-08-16

Interning in Bangkok not only opens doors for individuals interested in fields ranging from culinary arts to social work. The city effectively encompasses nearly every component of Thai culture, the cuisine, architecture, religion, and traditions. Ther...