World Endeavors

3015 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN, 55406 United States

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About World Endeavors

Year Founded: 2002

After inspirational college trips to Venezuela and Europe, Thomas Peden founded World Endeavors in 2002, in hopes to offer other students the same opportunities and discoveries. World Endeavors provides international internship, study abroad, volunteer abroad, and customized group programs in over 20 countries around the world, with a focus on building meaningful connections between our participants and their host communities. All programs offer immersion experiences in local cultures and languages, adding to the rewards of personal growth while living abroad. Offered packages are customizable and price-competitive, while program advisors are available to help answer any questions and inquiries.

If you are ready to change your world, sign up now!

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Study in Mexico (Universidad Internacional)

Mexico : Cuernavaca

Travel to Cuernavaca, Mexico, the "City of Eternal Spring", to enroll in intensive Spanish classes while immersing yourself in Mexican culture. World Endeavors' study abroad...

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Intern in Thailand

Thailand : Bangkok

Jumpstart your career and gain practical, hands-on experience through an internship in Thailand with World Endeavors! Interning abroad is one of the best ways to boost your...

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Study in Ecuador (Blue Hill College)

Ecuador : Guayaquil

World Endeavors Study in Ecuador program is one of the most affordable study abroad programs in one of the most remarkable locations in the world. Study for a semester or...

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Winter Study in Germany (Freie Universitat Berlin)

Germany : Berlin

Join World Endeavors for an intensive language or culture course during our Winter Study in Germany program! At Freie Universitat in Berlin, students will enroll in one full-time...

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Summer Study in Germany (Freie Universitat Berlin)

Germany : Berlin

Spend your summer studying in fascinating Berlin, Germany with World Endeavors! The summer study program at Freie Universitat is designed for students interested in delving...

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Summer Study in Argentina (Universidad Austral)

Argentina : Rosario

The World Endeavors Summer Study in Argentina program is based at Universidad Austral's lovely Rosario campus. This is an ideal location for students looking to gain insight...

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Intern in Spain

Spain : Seville, Valencia

Join World Endeavors for an affordable and unique opportunity in Spain! Opportunities are available in Seville and Valencia. Seville, a city of historic architecture

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Intern in Morocco

Morocco : Rabat

World Endeavors' Intern in Morocco program offers participants a chance to gain real world experience in a fascinating and stimulating location. A country with Arab, Berber,...

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Study in Israel (University of Haifa)

Israel : Haifa

Study in Israel at the University of Haifa with World Endeavors! Situated at the top of the Carmel Mountains, Haifa offers beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea and is...

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Study in Germany (Freie Universitat)

Germany : Berlin

Study abroad in Berlin and expand your understanding of the German language while becoming immersed in German culture. World Endeavors' study program at Freie Universitat...

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Intern in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town

Intern in Cape Town, South Africa and enjoy a truly unique experience. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, urban adventurer, or fascinated by history and culture, you

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Study in Ecuador (Universidad Espiritu Santo)

Ecuador : Guayaquil

Study in Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and main port. At the Universidad Espiritu Santo, students will have the opportunity to take Spanish language courses along with...

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Study in Argentina (Universidad Austral)

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Ranked as one of the top universities in Latin America, Universidad Austral offers diverse courses, academically challenging curriculum, and extracurricular activities for...

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Intern in China

China : Beijing, Shanghai

China is not only a major global player in politics and business, it is also home to a rich and incredibly diverse culture. With a history spanning thousands of years, China’s...

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Intern in France - Nice

France : Nice

Join World Endeavors for a truly unique experience interning in Nice, France! Customized internships are offered within the fields of Communications, Culinary Arts, Education,...

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Volunteer in Argentina

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Experience Argentine culture firsthand while volunteering alongside local grassroots organizations in Buenos Aires. Participants of the program will have the opportunity

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Intern in Italy - Rome

Italy : Rome

Rome's beauty and rich history have made it a top destination for travelers from around the world. The city, attracting millions of visitors each year, offers a unique blend...

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Intern in Czech Republic

Czech Republic : Prague

Known for its stunning Gothic architecture and picturesque setting, Prague has become a top destination for travelers from around the world. Visitors to the classic, yet

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Summer Study in Scotland (Heriot-Watt University)

Scotland : Edinburgh

Study abroad with World Endeavors at Heriot-Watt University's beautiful Scottish Borders campus! Students will have the opportunity to choose from two wonderful programs

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Study in Scotland (Heriot-Watt University)

Scotland : Edinburgh

World Endeavors study in Scotland program at Heriot-Watt University offers students a truly unique study abroad experience. Founded in 1821, the University has a long history...

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Intern in Spain - Seville

Spain : Seville

Experience the beautiful city of Seville while gaining hands-on experience in your professional field. Seville, a city of historic architecture and modern flair, is the perfect...

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Intern in Argentina

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Experience Argentina in the exciting city of Buenos Aires, frequently referred to as the "Paris of South America". Explore the beautiful European-influenced architecture

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Intern in France

France : Nice, Paris

Join World Endeavors for a truly unique experience interning in France! Each internship placement - within fields ranging from Event Management to Fashion - is customized...

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Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Colombo Central

Explore the awe-inspiring landscapes of Sri Lanka, from the beautiful beaches to the majestic mountains. Volunteers with World Endeavors are based in the bustling city of...

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Volunteer in Vietnam

Vietnam : Ho Chi Minh City

Breathtaking natural beauty, exotic destinations, and rich cultural experiences await those traveling to Vietnam. Volunteers with World Endeavors are based in exciting Ho...

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Intern in Ireland

Ireland : Cork, Dublin and 2 other cities , Galway, Sligo Show less

Ireland's charming people, beautiful rolling green hills, and dramatic coastline combined with its bustling and diverse economy make it the perfect destination for interns...

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Intern in Chile

Chile : Vina del Mar

Gain international work experience, improve your Spanish, and experience life in South America through World Endeavors' Internship in Chile program. Interns live in the

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Summer Study in Thailand (Thammasat University)

Thailand : Bangkok

World Endeavors' Thai Studies summer study abroad program in Bangkok, Thailand offers an immersive introduction to Thai culture. Students spend four weeks living in the

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Intern in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : Atenas

Costa Rica's vibrant culture, amazing biodiversity, and breathtaking landscapes make it an ideal destination in Latin America. Interns are based out of Atenas, a laid-back...

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Intern in China - Beijing

China : Beijing

World Endeavors offers professional internship placements in throughout China's exciting capital city of Beijing. Full of history, Beijing offers interns a glimpse into China’s...

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Summer Study in Italy (Istituto Europeo)

Italy : Florence

Study abroad in Florence, Italy this summer! Spend four weeks taking intensive Italian classes in the heart of the historic centre on the corner of Via Tornabuoni. It is...

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Summer Study in Mexico (Universidad Internacional)

Mexico : Cuernavaca

Come to Cuernavaca, the "City of Eternal Spring", this summer to improve your Spanish language skills in a beautiful, relaxed tropical setting. Mexico is gaining attention...

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Study in Northern Ireland (Queen's University Belfast)

Northern Ireland : Belfast

Join World Endeavors for a unique semester or full academic year abroad in Northern Ireland. Explore Irish landscape and culture at one of the leading universities in the...

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Intern in India

India : Jaipur

India is a country of opposites, an ancient history spanning millennia maintained side by side with a strong international influence, traditional culture and religion with...

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Intern in Mexico

Mexico : Cuernavaca

Improve your Spanish and gain hands-on experience in one of the world's fastest growing economies. Mexico is quickly on the rise as a leader among Spanish-speaking countries,...

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Summer Study in Ireland (University of Limerick)

Ireland : Limerick

Spend your summer studying Irish culture in the beautiful coastal city of Limerick. World Endeavors is proud to offer a unique program that provides insight on Irish life...

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Volunteer in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : Atenas

World Endeavors offers exciting programs that allow participants to experience Costa Rica, while contributing to the community in a meaningful way. Volunteers can choose

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Summer Study in Spain (Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

Spain : Seville

Located in the city of Seville in Spain’s Andalusia region, Universidad Pablo de Olavide is a medium-sized public university with a close-knit student community. The university...

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Summer Study in Spain (University of Valladolid)

Spain : Valladolid

This summer, join World Endeavors in northern Spain for an intensive language program that does much more than simply teach the Spanish language. Our summer program in Valladolid...

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Study in Spain (University of Valladolid)

Spain : Valladolid

Experience the true meaning of 'cultural immersion' by studying abroad in Valladolid, Spain! World Endeavors' program gives participants the opportunity for genuine cultural...

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Journalism Internships in India

India : Jaipur

India, a country that is at the same time modern and ancient, offers incredible opportunities to students hoping to get real world journalistic experience. World Endeavors...

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Fashion Internships in India

India : Jaipur

If fashion is your passion, you can't find a more unique or exciting country for a fast paced internship in fashion than India. Quickly rising on the international fashion...

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Film Internships in India

India : Jaipur

India boasts the largest film industry in the world in terms of films produced and tickets sold. World Endeavors offers participants the incredible opportunity to participate...

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Summer Study in China

China : Yantai

The Chinese language is becoming more and more important in today's world. The prominence of China and the Mandarin language makes learning Chinese essential for any student...

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Summer Study in England (Middlesex University)

England : London

Receive academic credit and have the time of your life in one of the most exciting cities in Europe - London! World Endeavors offers a unique program through Middlesex University...

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Summer Study in France (Universite Catholique de l'Ouest)

France : Angers

This summer, spend your vacation experiencing France like a native - and learning to speak like one, too! The World Endeavors summer program in Angers is the perfect place...

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Intern in Australia

Australia : Sydney

Get a head start on your international career with World Endeavors' Internship in Australia. Live and work in Sydney, one of Australia's largest and most vibrant cities....

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Intern in England

England : London

Enhance your resume with an international internship in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world! London is truly the center of it all when it comes to international...

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Study in Ireland (University of Limerick)

Ireland : Limerick

Spend a semester studying in the beautiful coastal city of Limerick. World Endeavors is proud to offer a unique program that provides insight on Irish life while placing

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Study in China

China : Yantai

Study in China with World Endeavors for an unforgettable semester in one of the world's most exciting locations. Yantai lies on the eastern tip of the Shandong Peninsula,...

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Study in Scotland (University of Edinburgh)

Scotland : Edinburgh

Study for spring term, fall term or a full academic year in Edinburgh, Scotland, a city that attracts over two million visitors every year. Its architecture, dramatic landscape,...

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Summer Study in Northern Ireland (Queens University Belfast)

Northern Ireland : Belfast

Join World Endeavors for a summer in Northern Ireland. Explore Irish landscape and culture at one of the leading universities in the UK, Queen's University Belfast! Students...

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Study in Italy (Istituto Europeo)

Italy : Florence

Join World Endeavors for a semester or full academic year studying in Florence, Italy in the heart of Tuscany. Our campus is just a ten minute walk from the historic Duomo...

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Study in London

England : London

Middlesex University is the place to be for students who want to experience everything London has to offer. With a rigorous curriculum and an immense array of courses to

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Fashion Interships in Italy

Italy : Florence

Join World Endeavors for the most affordable and unique internship opportunity in Florence, Italy. Fashion intern positions are available at several fashion companies....

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Culinary Internship in Italy

Italy : Florence

If you have a passion for Italian food and have an interest in studying the Italian language, this internship is perfect for you. Interns are placed in fine Italian restaurants...

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Sports Training Internship with an Italian Soccer Team

Italy : Florence

Join World Endeavors as an intern in the field of physical therapy and sports training with a professional or semi-professional Italian soccer team. Qualified interns assist...

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Teaching English in Italy

Italy : Florence

Join World Endeavors in Florence for an Italian language and cultural learning opportunity combined with personal and professional growth. International internships are a...

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Architecture and City Planning Internships in Ecuador

Ecuador : Guayaquil

A new wave of publicly funded development projects are being planned and are under way in Guayaquil, Ecuador. One project in particular focuses on the development of a large...

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Business and Finance Internships in Ecuador

Ecuador : Guayaquil

Individuals with academic or professional experience in finance, business administration, and international business will intern with high-profile banks or businesses in

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Unique Internships in Brazil

Brazil : Sao Paulo

Internships are the best way to gain valuable hands-on experience in a professional field. A World Endeavors internship abroad will provide an opportunity for language and...

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Volunteer in Ghana

Ghana : Kumasi

This World Endeavors program offers its participants a truly unique and remarkable way to experience Ghana. By living and working side-by-side with local residents, volunteers...

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Volunteer in Brazil

Brazil : Curitiba

This program offers participants a truly unique and remarkable way to experience Brazil. By living and working side-by-side with members of the local community, volunteers...

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Volunteer in Thailand

Thailand : Bangkok

World Endeavors offers exciting programs that allow participants to experience Thailand, while contributing to the community in a meaningful way. Volunteers can choose from...

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Volunteer in Tanzania

Tanzania : Arusha

World Endeavors offers exciting programs that allow participants to experience Tanzania, while contributing to the community in a meaningful way. Volunteers can choose from...

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Volunteer in India

India : Goa, Himachal Pradesh and 1 other city , Jaipur Show less

World Endeavors offers several enriching volunteer programs. Volunteers in each project have the unique opportunity to work side-by-side with local community members, making...

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Intern in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Join World Endeavors for an affordable and unique internship opportunity in Ecuador. Ecuador is one of those rare destinations in the world that seems to have the right combination...

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Volunteer in Ecuador

Ecuador : Guayaquil, Quito

Ecuador's vibrant culture, dense rainforests, breathtaking Andean landscapes, and picturesque beaches make it the premier destination in South America. Volunteers with World...

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Intern in Spain - Valencia

Spain : Valencia

Join World Endeavors for an affordable and unique internship opportunity in Valencia, Spain. From international business or public relations to one-of-a-kind opportunities...

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Intern in Italy

Italy : Florence, Rome

Join World Endeavors for an affordable and unique internship opportunity in Italy. From international business, tourism, cuisine, fashion and handicraft internships to one-of-a-kind...

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Study in France (Universite Catholique de l'Ouest)

France : Angers

Imagine studying the French language in the beautiful Loire Valley. In your free time you can explore the many castles, chateaus, and cathedrals in the area or decide to

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Study in Spain (Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

Spain : Seville

Located in the city of Seville in Spain’s Andalusia region, Universidad Pablo de Olavide is a medium-sized public university with a close-knit student community. The university...

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Study in New Zealand (University of Waikato)

New Zealand : Hamilton

If you are looking for an incredible study abroad experience in an amazing location, join World Endeavors for our exciting study abroad program in New Zealand. World Endeavors'...

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Study in the Philippines (University of the Philippines)

Philippines : Quezon City

For students interested in studying abroad in Southeast Asia, World Endeavors' Study in the Philippines program is hard to beat. This is one of the most affordable programs...

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Study in Australia (Western Sydney University)

Australia : Sydney

Join World Endeavors for a semester in one of the most unique and diverse cities in the world! You will earn academic credit alongside local Australian and international...

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Volunteer in Jamaica

Jamaica : Kingston

World Endeavors offers an exciting program which allows participants to experience Jamaica, while contributing to the community in a meaningful way. Volunteers in Jamaica...

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Study in England (Edge Hill University)

England : Ormskirk

The World Endeavors Semester in England at Edge Hill University is ideal for the undergraduate who wants a real British college experience. International students live in...

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Study in Thailand (Thammasat University)

Thailand : Bangkok

Our Thai Studies program at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand is designed to introduce students to Thai language, literature, history, economics, politics and other...

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Study in Thailand (Mahidol University)

Thailand : Bangkok

Mahidol University is the oldest institution of higher learning in Thailand. The relatively new International College is modern and forward-thinking offering a dynamic, challenging...

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Volunteer in Guatemala

Guatemala : Quetzaltenango

World Endeavors offers exciting programs that allow participants to experience Guatemala, while contributing to the community in a meaningful way. Volunteers can choose from...

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Staff Interviews

  • Kate Foster - Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

    Kate Foster - Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

    Throughout her childhood in rural Minnesota, Kate's family hosted multiple exchange students from all over the world, igniting her passion for learning about other cultures. After high school, she studied abroad in Frankfurt, Germany through Rotary International. Kate continued pursuing her interests at Concordia College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies and German, and studied abroad at United International College in Zhuhai, China. Kate has traveled around Europe and Southeast Asia, and frequently travels back to China to visit life-long friends.

    Growing up your parents hosted exchange students and in high school you studied abroad in Frankfurt, Germany with Rotary International. How did this influence your interest in the field of International Education?

    I was fortunate enough to be exposed to international education from a very young age. My family hosted many exchange students from all over the world. These exchange students quickly became my extended family, and taught me to think as a globally minded citizen. 

    







Traditional Chinese wedding gowns in Beijing, China

    Trying on traditional Chinese wedding gowns in Beijing.

    It’s this global mindset that inspired me to take gap year abroad in Germany after high school. I attended German high school and lived with a German family, it was total integration and completely changed me. After I discovered the possibility to be a part of this cross-cultural understanding, I was hooked! Not only could I provide the experience for people like me who want to go abroad, but I can also inspire the members of our host families abroad to experience and explore new cultures as well.

    You studied abroad in college at United International College in Zhuhai, China. How did your experience abroad for a second time prepare you for your current role?

    My experience in China was completely differently from my experience in Germany. Although I was much younger when I studied in Germany, I was much more prepared. I had been to Europe before, and knew what type of lifestyle to expect. China was a different story. I was extremely hesitant at first, and very nervous that my first time in Asia would be a four month commitment. I was fortunate enough to have professors in college convince me that it’s important for American’s to learn about Chinese culture. I took the plunge and could not have been happier.

    It was after my semester in China that I fully understood that the scarier something is, the more potential it has to change your life. I try to use this knowledge when talking to students who are hesitant about particular program destinations.

    How did you get connected to World Endeavors?

    Before I started at World Endeavors, I was working in the restaurant industry. Although I loved my job, it was definitely not the type of career I was looking for. When I discovered the field of international education, it felt right. I knew that studying abroad in high school and college was going to benefit my career in the long run, I just had no idea it was going to apply so literally!  I was fortunate enough to have made great connections in college that introduced me to the field of international education. This is living testament that professional networking is just as important as what you actually are studying!

    







Eating trdelnik in Prague, Czech Republic

    Eating trdelnik in Prague.

    What does your day-to-day look like as Outreach Coordinator for World Endeavors?

    As Outreach Coordinator, I am one of the first points of contact for those interested in going abroad with World Endeavors. I get to spend a lot of time out on the road speaking with students and universities about our programs. Our programs are customized to fit each applicant, and I am here to make sure what the student is looking for, is something we can provide for them.

    You spend a lot of time on the road traveling to study, intern, and volunteer abroad fairs. What is your favorite part of being a road warrior?

    I love attending fairs on campuses across the U.S.! It's so great to talk to students face to face and share my excitement of international travel. Although being on the road can be exhausting at times, it's definitely worth it. It's great to be able to talk to a student at a fair, and a few months later see pictures of their time abroad on one of our programs!

    What makes World Endeavors’ programs unique when compared to other study, intern and volunteer abroad programs?

    Before working with World Endeavors, I never really understood the potential and demand for experiential education through intern and volunteer programs. While studying at a university abroad is a great way to spend significant time abroad in college, international internships and volunteer experiences are becoming extremely valuable. Not only do on-the-job training and service-learning projects shine on a resume, but an international experience shows future employers that you are adventurous, flexible, and think outside of the box.

    At World Endeavors, we focus on getting to know each of our applicants. We want to know what type of experience you are looking for abroad, so we can customize our programs to fit your interests and goals.

    What’s the number one tip you would give to a student applying to a World Endeavors program?

    Talk to us! Whether you are just starting to think about going abroad or if you know where and when you want to go, we are here to help make it happen. All of our advisors are experienced travelers and want to speak with you about the opportunities we offer abroad!

    







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    Kate enjoying a visit to the Great Wall in China.

    You have a Bachelors in Global Studies and German from Concordia College. Are you able to use your German for your current role? What’s the most important skill from your Global Studies background you use when talking to prospective program participants?

    Unfortunately, I'm not able to use my German language skills as much as I would like! My degree in Global Studies though has absolutely prepared me for my role here at World Endeavors. My degree covered many different aspects of our ever-globalizing world, from politics to art. The focus of my degree was to understand the avenues of communication between cultures, and how we are all connected. This definitely applies to our motto here at World Endeavors: Change your World. We believe this applies both internally and externally. It’s easy to think about how this experience will shape our participants and the impact it will have on their education and career goals, but it’s important to remember the impact it will have on their host country as well.