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Petrina Darrah

Petrina Darrah

"Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind." - Anthony Bourdain

After completing a bachelor’s degree in linguistics, Petrina embarked on her first solo expedition around South America in 2012. Hooked, she has continued to crisscross the world ever since, traveling far and wide from her native New Zealand. She is currently following her passion for education by working as an English teaching fellow in Colombia, helping to bring English to vulnerable communities.

Articles By Petrina Darrah

A Guide to TEFL Courses in Brisbane created on 2016-12-05

TEFL doesn’t stand for Ticket Everywhere For Life, but it might as well. A certification in ESL teaching is almost as good as your passport when it comes to exploring the world. Tempted to get yourself one of these travel passes? Check out the T...

11 Things You Should Know Before Studying Abroad in Prague created on 2016-12-02

Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is famed for its beauty. It is a magical place filled with cobblestone lanes, golden spires, and full-on castles. But, it is a real place too, with its own set of practicalities and realities for young wo...

A Guide to TEFL Programs in Galway created on 2016-12-02

To become a teacher, first you have to become a student. Where better to do that than in a city famed for its lively student culture? Getting your TEFL certification in Ireland means doublin’ up on study and fun. As well as learning how to teach...

10 Adventurous Things To Do in Europe created on 2016-11-15

We’ve all seen pictures of the Cinque Terre architecture, the Berlin Wall artwork, and the “Love Lock” bridge in Paris, but what about the path less traveled?  If you are looking for more unique European adventures, look no further! From festivals to f...

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Paris created on 2016-11-09

Audrey Hepburn was right when she said “Paris is always a good idea.” Teaching English in Paris, the French capital city, might be the best idea you’ll ever have. Being surrounded by one of the great artistic and cultural centers of ...

How to Enjoy the French Lifestyle While Studying in France created on 2016-11-01

France is one of the most popular study abroad destinations in the world. There is a certain je ne sais quoi about life in France. With all of the good food, fine art, and high fashion, life in France just seems more romantic and beautiful. Many aspiri...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in the Caribbean created on 2016-10-27

If you can’t focus on studying because you keep gazing wistfully at the turquoise water and white sand of your desktop background, you probably have a bad case of Caribbean-itis. The remedy? Consider applying for study abroad programs in the Car...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Scotland created on 2016-10-18

You need a “braveheart” to study abroad in Scotland: it’s a frightening land where people eat haggis, lochs are inhabited by monsters, and all castles are haunted. Luckily, it’s also full of high-quality academics, sports, and ...

26 Tips For Better Air Travel created on 2016-10-11

Whether you’re getting ready to study abroad or gearing up for an international volunteer trip, air travel these days can be somewhat of a science. If you don’t frequent airports, airline policies and airport procedures can be downright overwhelming an...

A Guide to Interning Abroad in London created on 2016-09-27

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." A lot has changed since Samuel Johnson uttered these words, but they still ring true. London was big even in the 1700s, but now the city boast...

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Barranquilla created on 2016-09-26

If you decide to teach abroad in Barranquilla, you will quickly learn why salsa singer Joe Arroyo crooned his famous song En Barranquilla Me Quedo (In Barranquilla I Stay). Barranquilla is a hot, chaotic mess of Caribbean vibes and coconut palms, vall...

How to Travel the World on a Shoestring Budget created on 2016-09-23

Whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally, budgeting can be a nightmare: you want to think about all the fun you’re having, not the deep, deep hole you are digging in your bank account. However, with a few budget travel tips and tricks y...

A Guide to Interning Abroad in Auckland created on 2016-09-07

New Zealand’s “City of Sails” is the perfect place to sail into a career-defining internship. An internship on its own will show you have experience in your field; an internship in Auckland will show you have the skills and self-conf...

A Guide to Theater Degrees Abroad created on 2016-08-25

Shakespeare nailed it when he said, “All the world’s a stage.” Take your place as a player in the world of theater and earn a theater degree abroad. Study in the old stomping grounds of Moliere and Voltaire, live your own Greek trage...

A Guide to Adventure Travel in New Zealand created on 2016-08-11

There might not be any hobbits, but New Zealand is undeniably full of the surreal. While the snow-capped mountains, fjords, and hot springs set the stage, it is New Zealanders themselves that make New Zealand the ultimate adventure destination. Strong...

A Guide to Learning Spanish in Colombia created on 2016-07-25

The happiest country in the world will be delighted to teach you Spanish. Famous for its hospitality, Colombia will wrap you up in its warm embrace, give you plenty of besos, pour aguardiente down your throat, spin you around salsa bars, and send you ...

A Guide to Physical Therapy Jobs Abroad created on 2016-07-15

If mobility is your specialty, it makes sense to move. Cure boredom and get full functionality out of your physical therapy degree by working abroad; satisfy your travel urges, get started on that career, and spread good deeds in the world, all at the...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Albania created on 2016-05-24

If you decide to volunteer in Albania, prepare to be Taken. Not by mafia members, although you may need someone with Liam Neeson’s strength to drag you away again. Taken by the Albanian Riviera, by the charm of the Ottoman style mountain village...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Argentina created on 2016-05-19

Argentina is to travel what Messi is to soccer: simply one of the best. Between the salt flats to the north, sublime mountain ranges to the west, Iguazu Falls to the east, and the end of the world on its southern tip, you could set off in any directio...

A Guide to Winter Study Abroad Programs created on 2016-05-04

If the idea of being away from home over summer gives you extreme FOMO, consider studying abroad in winter instead. When the last festival is over and the last beach bonfire put out, pack up your best winter jacket and your sense of adventure, and set...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in the Middle East created on 2016-04-29

The Middle East should really be called the Middle of Everything. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism were born here. The oldest city in the world, Damascus, is found here. Falafel was made here. There are a few well-known problems in the Middle East, wh...

A Guide to Fall Study Abroad Programs created on 2016-04-20

Fall is the season when leaves, temperatures, and spirits all drop. Summer is over, your tan is already fading, and all-night study sessions are looming. If the thought of going back to classes after a long, lazy summer is getting you down, you are cl...

A Guide to Studying English as a Second Language Abroad created on 2016-02-29

You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, now all you need is to sharpen up your English skills. The global lingua franca, English is your passport to anywhere, a crucial skill for traveling, studying, and working almost anywhere in the wor...