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Alisa Tank

Alisa Tank

“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within” - Lillian Smith

Alisa began traveling overseas at age 16. With every new destination since then, the desire to do something meaningful with her experiences has grown. Alisa has worked for two study abroad organizations, taught English in France, organized public health workshops in Africa and Asia, and currently advises international students in Utah. She holds a master’s degree in international public service from DePaul University and enjoys trail running, rock climbing, and camping in the desert.

Articles By Alisa Tank

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Cartagena Published 14 Sep 2017

Cartagena is the perfect Caribbean destination you’ve never heard of: surrounded by ancient ramparts, dotted with white sand beaches, and filled with large plazas and cobbled alleys, this Colombian city will make you wonder why it’s not al...

A Guide to Internships Abroad in San Francisco Published 14 Sep 2017

Whether you’re determined to invent the hottest new social media app or you want to learn about investment banking from the best, San Francisco is the ideal city for an internship. Not only will you be surrounded by enthusiastic go-getters in th...

8 Best Adventure Travel Companies for All Kinds of Thrill Seekers Published 30 Aug 2017

You’ve already decided that you don’t want to just go abroad, you want to have an adventure. A heart-pumping, adrenaline-flowing, life-changing experience, in an “I can’t believe this is even real” natural setting. Great news: adventure is out there.Do...

How to Get an Internship Abroad Published 21 Aug 2017

Admit it. While all of your friends are stressing about their lack of professional experience, you’re sitting in class and dreaming of hopping on a plane. It’s pretty obvious that lounging on the beach in Thailand isn’t exactly a resume builder, but wh...

A Guide to Internships Abroad in Nairobi, Kenya Published 16 Aug 2017

If you want to experience Kenya, then go straight to the throbbing heart of the country: Nairobi. This frantic metropolis of over six million people has internship opportunities of all types, from health care education to business mentorship to caregi...

A Guide to Internships Abroad in Honolulu Published 25 Jul 2017

While you may think of Hawaii as a vacation destination for lazing on the beach, learning how to surf, or hiking through tropical forests, it’s also a prime spot for you to choose from any of the internships in Honolulu! After all, why not combi...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in the Sacred Valley Published 24 Jul 2017

Thousands of visitors find their way to the Sacred Valley in Peru each year, most headed straight toward the ruins of Machu Picchu. Yet at over 60 miles long, the valley is so much more than an ancient monument on a hillside. Volunteering in Peru in t...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Guyana Published 20 Jun 2017

While some people might be hard pressed to find Guyana on a map, that only makes this small South American country an even better option for a volunteer adventure. Situated just north of the equator and covered with untouched rainforest, Guyana is the...

A Guide to Study Abroad in Saudi Arabia Published 20 Jun 2017

Saudi Arabia is notoriously difficult to visit, but for those wanting to explore this mysterious desert kingdom, you can make it a reality. The secret? Persistence and hard work. Study abroad opportunities in Saudi Arabia are few and far between, but ...

A Guide to Internships Abroad in Washington D.C. Published 22 May 2017

Washington, D.C. is not only the capital of the United States, but it’s also the leading city for government and policy studies, international non-profit organizations, and thousands of successful businesses in all types of fields. Being a Washi...

A Guide to Internships Abroad in Galway Published 18 May 2017

Work is best with a side of play, making an internship in Ireland the perfect mix between the two. Improve your social media skills by day and get acquainted with Galway’s traditional music scene by night, or check out Connemara’s rugged c...

A Guide to Study Abroad Published 28 Apr 2017

Have you been dragging your feet on the way to class lately? Do you daydream about rattling off phrases flawlessly in another language, or doing research at a field station deep in the middle of the rainforest? There’s a reason that students who...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Belize Published 11 Apr 2017

You might be surprised how much adventure you can pack into a country the size of New Hampshire, but Belize isn’t your average study abroad destination. With Caribbean coastline on one side and Mayan ruins on the other, this Central American cou...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Lebanon Published 11 Apr 2017

In Lebanon, history is literally around every corner. Castles built in the 12th century overlook Egyptian monuments and Roman artifacts, while maze-like old towns stand at the center of buzzing modern cities. In this country where the past and present...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Tanzania Published 11 Apr 2017

If stuffy European museums, tiny coffees, and romance languages feel just a tad overdone, it’s time to look farther afield for the perfect study abroad location: Tanzania. This East African country checks all the boxes: a fascinating language, i...

A Guide to Learning Spanish in Barcelona Published 27 Mar 2017

If the best way to learn a new language is to have fun while doing it, you can bet that Spanish will be rolling off your tongue soon after arriving in Barcelona. It’s easy to mistake the capital of Catalonia for a 24/7 fiesta as you stroll Pla&c...

A Guide to Jobs Abroad in Toronto Published 27 Mar 2017

No matter where you come from, it’s impossible to feel like an outsider while working abroad in Toronto. After all, nearly half of the population was born somewhere else, and it’s likely that several of the 150 languages spoken here will c...

A Guide to Studying Abroad In Iceland Published 09 Feb 2017

If you’re considering study abroad in Iceland, there’s one downside you should consider: as your Instagram feed fills up with shots of green-streaked night skies, explosive geysers, and fluorescent-blue hot springs, you may be accused of p...

A Guide to Learning Hebrew Abroad Published 14 Dec 2016

Hebrew has a reputation as a difficult language to learn, but don’t be scared off! Sure, learning a new alphabet is intimidating, but there are so many benefits to studying this ancient language. Many Hebrew speakers around the world learn it as...

A Guide to Conservation Degrees Abroad Published 13 Dec 2016

Does picking a major stress you out because you want to study everything? Are you losing sleep deciding between degrees in art history, archeology, and chemistry? Surprisingly, there’s a perfect option for these seemingly disparate interests. A ...

A Guide to Climbing Adventures Abroad Published 07 Dec 2016

Why settle for exploring a new country from the ground when you can gain a whole new perspective from up high? Climbing adventures can transform an ordinary trip into an opportunity to learn new skills, push your limits, and feel that sweet rush of ac...

A Guide to Health Science Jobs Abroad Published 07 Dec 2016

Are you passionate about health sciences but aren’t sure how your career choice fits with your desire to see the world? Luckily the two aren’t mutually exclusive, and having studied microbiology instead of Spanish won’t prevent you f...

A Guide to Learning English in England Published 07 Dec 2016

If you want to learn English, go straight to the source! There’s no better place to learn the Queen’s English than in England itself, where the roots of its language are deeply intertwined with the country’s history. Students from ar...

A Guide to Language Programs in Israel Published 06 Dec 2016

Religion permeates life in Israel, but temples and prayers aren’t the only reason to visit this small country on the Mediterranean. Life in Israel is an adventure no matter what your beliefs, and immersing yourself in its culture while studying ...

A Guide to Language Programs in Egypt Published 22 Nov 2016

Since childhood, you’ve been told stories of ancient Egyptian pyramids, camels trekking across sandy deserts, and mummies buried deep within stone tombs. There’s something timeless about Egypt; its history is still sharply apparent when wa...

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Spain Published 26 Sep 2016

The Spanish way of life sounds almost too good to be true: late-night fiestas, tapas on a balmy terrace, weekly street festivals, and a population with a never-ending enthusiasm for life. Who could be so lucky as to enjoy all this and make a living? T...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in South Africa Published 19 Sep 2016

If school’s been feeling like a chore lately, studying abroad in South Africa is just what you need to give your classes a jolt. Instead of dozing through your biology lecture, how about observing leopards in a game preserve or visiting some of ...

A Guide to Adventure Travel in France Published 31 Aug 2016

Life in France isn’t just baguettes and poodles; there are tons of opportunities to get active while exploring la belle vie française. Ski down some of the biggest mountains in the Alps. Capture the perfect photo of stone ruins atop Medit...

A Guide to Caving Adventures Abroad Published 24 Aug 2016

When you tell your friends you’re going spelunking this summer, you’re bound to get a few snickers. What is spelunking anyway? Lucky for you, the joke’s on them. Spelunking, otherwise known as caving, is one of the most unique advent...

A Guide to Learning French in Canada Published 25 Jul 2016

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a view of the Eiffel Tower to master French. The world’s second-largest French-speaking city, Montréal, is less than 50 miles from the United States border, and there’s an entire regi...

A Guide to Adventure Travel in Thailand Published 19 Jul 2016

Whatever you think of when you imagine Thailand, you’re probably right. Tropical paradise of turquoise waters and white sands? Check. Golden temples and orange-robed Buddhist monks? Them too. Curious monkeys and mist-shrouded peaks? Yup, even th...

A Guide to Culinary Arts Degrees Abroad Published 07 Jul 2016

Perhaps the only thing more satisfying than slurping down phở soup at a table nestled in the Vietnamese highlands or savoring a creamy crème brûlée in Lyonis knowing that you made the dish yourself, from scratch.Culinary trad...

A Guide to Backpacking Adventures Abroad Published 29 Jun 2016

Admit it, you’ve been dreaming of so many adventures abroad, like a backpacking trip to a faraway destination, since you were five years old, sneaking down the driveway with a tiny toy-filled backpack. Now’s the time to make that childhood...

A Guide to Interning Abroad in Cameroon Published 22 Jun 2016

Life in Cameroon is best experienced by zipping down dirt roads on a moto, dancing at cultural fêtes, listening to rain pound on a metal roof, and feasting on grilled plantains. This African country is filled with rich, tribal traditions and a m...

A Guide to Hiking Adventures Abroad Published 01 Jun 2016

Do you spend your days staring out the window, wishing you could wander around in nature instead? Is wearing muddy shoes a point of pride for you? Would you rather spend your summer outdoors, hiking through the wilderness? A hiking tour abroad can off...

A Guide to Volunteering in Renewable Energy Projects Abroad Published 25 May 2016

Harnessing power from the sun and making dry fields fertile sounds a bit like sorcery, but you don’t need to be a magician to volunteer on solar and hydro projects abroad. Whether you’re familiar with the science behind solar panels or hav...

A Guide to High School Programs Abroad in Tanzania Published 26 Feb 2016

There’s so much more to this East African country than towering mountains like Mt. Kilimanjaro. Whether you’re volunteering in a rural community, learning about Maasai culture, or spotting baby hippos on a safari, you’ll be warmly we...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Costa Rica Published 30 Apr 2014

Two words: pura vida! If you don’t know what Ticos (Costa Ricans) means by this simple phrase, it won’t take you long to find out. Pura vida permeates life in this small Central American country, and you’re sure to fall in love with ...