GoAbroad.com is committed to providing the most comprehensive international education and alternative travel databases. GoAbroad.com utilizes data driven programming to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information. In addition to some of the largest directories of their kind on the internet, GoAbroad.com provides extensive additional information within its dynamically constructed travel guides, currency converter, and embassy directories. 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.
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.
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The site was launched in February 1999. The site was developed following extensive market research. All of the information included within the listings was created as a result of that market research. Prospective travelers want to know about the program cost, the country of destination, e-mail contacts, extensive program descriptions, and user friendly search capabilities.
The site was conceptualized by a group of international educators. Troy Peden was the study abroad coordinator at the University of Colorado at Denver during the genesis of GoAbroad.com. Working with designer and programmer, Jason Coppage who was working in international broadcasting, the concept materialized. Several programmers were employed to develop a search engine for the future.
The People behind it
The staff at GoAbroad.com is made up of international education professionals, and leading design and programming specialists. We are all motivated by the same dedication to international travel.
GoAbroad.com Staff Profile:
Jonathan Miers GoMedia Manager
Email Jonathan Jonathan joins GoAbroad after working in Admissions at North Central College. While at North Central, he also served as the Designated School Official (DSO) for international student services. Jonathan has almost a decade of customer service and sales experience through a variety of positions within the banking sector, construction management, and higher education. His academic background includes a BA in Marketing and a MBA with a concentration in International Business, both from North Central College. It was in these programs that he built a skill set in contemporary marketing and entrepreneurship, creating integrated marketing strategies for local businesses to establish a social media presence, website redesign, and monitor performance analytics. His academic background also exposed him to the world outside the Chicago suburbs when he studied abroad his junior year in London and returned after graduation to explore Italy, Greece, Austria, Hungary, and Ukraine. As the GoMedia Manager, Jon helps the international education and travel sectors advance their online marketing and data management efforts to allow more people to explore the world.
Nikki Powers Partner Relations Manager
Email Nikki A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Nikki relocated to Colorado where she traded delicious cheese for amazing mountains. A graduate from 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. While in college, Nikki studied abroad 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. As the Partner Relations Manager, Nikki works closely with GoAbroad's advertising clients and partner universities. Prior to joining the GoAbroad team, Nikki served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for one year with the Fort Collins Boys and Girls Club of America where she continues to volunteer in her spare time. Nikki has also traveled extensively, visiting Mexico, Jamaica, Canada, France, Guatemala, Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia. When she's not working or planning her next adventure, Nikki enjoys volunteering with youth, being outside, and cheering on Wisconsin sports teams.
Tiffany Harrison Partnership and Outreach Manager
Email Tiffany Hailing from the Northern California Foothills, Tiffany Harrison is a 2010 grad of California State University Chico with a BA in Journalism Public Relations. Thanks to H.G. Wells, her initial dreams of becoming a time traveler are what ignited her passion for international education and study abroad. An interest in Celtic culture and Scottish history led her to live and study in Stirling, Scotland for a year, where she cultivated her aspirations for a career in international education. Most recently, Tiffany is a Colorado transplant after working in public relations in San Francisco. She also previously served as an international mentor and peer adviser for the CSU Chico study abroad office, in which she assisted with cultural adjustment support for a diverse number of students. As the Partnership and Outreach Manager, Tiffany manages the GoAbroad Blog and identifies strategic partnerships to expand GoAbroad's global reach. She is an avid tea-drinker who lives by the words of Jane Austen and considers her passport a map to discovering the world.
Daphne Dolina Mayores Technical Director
Email Daphne 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.
Joel Tan Project Manager
Email Joel After earning a degree in Accountancy at a Manila university, Joel began his professional life as a reporter for a major Philippine newspaper. It was during his stint as the paper's technology editor that he won an award for best science and technology reportage for his series on biotechnology and its effects on human health and development. Joel has traveled throughout Southeast Asia. When he isn't busy with GoAbroad projects, Joel dabbles in blogging about travel and technology, and tweaking Wordpress themes.
Analiza Aranas Senior Sales Manager
Email Analiza 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 Sales 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 and has become a familiar face on the International Education circuit having regularly attended NAFSA conferences in the United States for the past 5 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.
Kayla Patterson Community Manager
Email Kayla Kayla Patterson serves as the GoSocial Community Manager within the GoMedia division at GoAbroad. A Colorado native and student at Colorado State University, Kayla is working towards her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. She has received several scholarships, maintains honors status, is the current Co-President of CSU's Transfer Student Association, and has had experience in small business ownership. Kayla is looking forward to the possibility of future experiences abroad while continuing to work in the marketing industry.
Troy Peden Co-Founder
Email Troy Troy Peden, co-founder, began design and research for the site while heading the study abroad office 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 earning 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 a community center in the Philippines, a computer training project with the Department of Social Welfare, 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.