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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 Internships Abroad in Washington D.C. created on 2017-05-22

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 created on 2017-05-18

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 created on 2017-04-28

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 created on 2017-04-11

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 created on 2017-04-11

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 created on 2017-04-11

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 created on 2017-03-27

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 created on 2017-03-27

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 created on 2017-02-09

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 created on 2016-12-14

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 created on 2016-12-13

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 created on 2016-12-07

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 created on 2016-12-07

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 created on 2016-12-07

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 created on 2016-12-06

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 created on 2016-11-22

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 created on 2016-09-26

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 created on 2016-09-19

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 created on 2016-08-31

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 created on 2016-08-24

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 created on 2016-07-25

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 created on 2016-07-19

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 created on 2016-07-07

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 created on 2016-06-29

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 created on 2016-06-22

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 created on 2016-06-01

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 created on 2016-05-25

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 created on 2016-02-26

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 created on 2014-04-30

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 ...