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Jennifer Bangoura

Jennifer Bangoura Meaningful Travel Insider (MTI)

"You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Jennifer plans her adventures from her bungalow in Maryland where she lives with her sweet family. From floating down the Niger river in Mali on a passenger steamer to watching the sunrise on a rooftop in Morocco, she’s passionate about travel to Francophone Africa and appreciates the tender moments that traveling abroad has to offer. Her favorite artists are Yuna and Stromae, and her dream is to write a book while traveling the Trans-Siberian Railway!

Articles By Jennifer Bangoura

Talk Nerdy to Me: Financial Aid for Study Abroad Published 25 Aug 2017

Does thinking about study abroad expenses make you want to cover your ears and close your eyes? Do acronyms like FAFSA and HEA, or trying to remember (again!) the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized loans, make you want to forget about study...

Back to Basics About International Programs Published 11 Aug 2017

There you are scrolling through web page after web page looking for more information about international programs. You probably have a lot of questions— what are international programs? Who participates in them? Are you one of those people? As you clic...

What Do You Need to Teach English Abroad? Published 20 Jul 2017

Get well-versed in the requirements to teach English abroadDoes your current job have you itching to explore new horizons? Do you want to put your freshly minted TEFL or TESOL credentials to good use in another country? What are you waiting for? Let’s ...

These Summer Jobs for Teachers Abroad are Hot Hot Hot Published 05 Jul 2017

Want to spend your holiday teaching overseas for the summer?Your classroom is packed up. Your lesson plans are stored away. You are waving through the window as the last group of kids boards the bus to head home. School’s out for the summer! Some teach...

4 Marine Biology Volunteer Opportunities to Help Clean Our Oceans Published 01 Jun 2017

Marine wildlife conservation for intrepid volunteers Does traveling abroad and spending your time lounging on a beach sound like a dream? Does soaking up sunshine with a drink in your hand sound like just what the doctor ordered? Now picture yourself l...

Simba Approved: 4 Top Locales to Teach English in East Africa Published 13 May 2017

Where should I teach English in Africa?Hakuna Matata. What a wonderful phrase. Or is it? When considering where to teach abroad, teaching English in Africa may mean no worries for the rest of your days. Whether you are seeking adventure, a steady – tho...

5 Places to Teach English in Africa Without a Degree  Published 10 Apr 2017

Your eyes are trained on the horizon. You’re only looking forward and always up for an adventure. Making long-term plans may not be in your nature–it’s rare in the wandering type–but you know that you want to help people and you want to see more of the...

The Super Secret to Acing Your TEFL Course Published 05 Apr 2017

You were born to do this. Teaching English as a foreign language is a thrill. You’ve got the TEFL bug. Your passion for teaching, working with students of all ages, and equipping others with a skill set that will propel them in their personal and profe...

Teaching ESL in Asia: China vs. Vietnam Published 16 Jan 2017

Should you teach ESL in China or Vietnam? There you are in front of your computer or scrolling on your smartphone. You are feeling torn because while you are filled with excitement about your decision to teach English in Asia, simultaneously you’re fee...

Should I Get TEFL or TESOL Certified? Published 12 Jan 2017

A million things could have brought you to this article. Did an experience with a person who speaks English as a second language spark your interest in learning more about the profession of teaching English to non-native speakers? Perhaps you’re intere...

9 Reasons You Should Volunteer Abroad Over 50 Published 22 Nov 2016

We're here to help you find meaningful volunteer work abroad for older adultsRetirement and the launch of your golden years. It’s what we’re all striving toward and you’ve finally made it – way to go! Or maybe you’re still a few years out from hitting ...

9 Incredible Cambodia Volunteer Opportunities Published 09 Sep 2016

Nestled between Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam on the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia is an exciting country to launch your volunteer adventure in Southeast Asia. Volunteer opportunities in Cambodia are numerous and the types of programs available are diverse,...

7 Places to Make Bank Teaching English in the Middle East Published 22 Aug 2016

Thought you couldn't get rich while teaching abroad? Think again.Are you considering teaching English in the Middle East? Maybe you daydream about what it would be like to take the skills you’ve gained as a teacher in your home country abroad and on th...

Myth BUSTED: 5 Misconceptions About TEFL Certification Published 11 Aug 2016

Congratulations! You took the first step in your next great adventure; you decided you want to teach English abroad. Now all you have to do is sift through the loads of information swirling around the internet about TEFL certification. Is it necessary?...

What Challenges do ESL Teachers Face in the Classroom? Published 19 Jul 2016

Challenge. Adventure. Mental stimulation. An opportunity to grow personally and professionally. The thrill of living in a different country. If any of those things sounds like something you want in your life, then it’s time to pack up and teach English...

Why You Should Grab Your Bestie & Volunteer Abroad Published 11 Jul 2016

Volunteering abroad with your best friend is the single greatest decision you can make this year. As we celebrate International Day of Friendship, why not grab your bestie and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure? Pack away the guide books for a pr...

Here’s What Your ESL Students Think When You...  Published 21 Jun 2016

When you sign up to be an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher abroad, you likely imagine yourself standing in front of a classroom teaching a group of students hanging on to your every word. Maybe you can feel how eager they are to learn or impr...

Can I Volunteer in Morocco Without Speaking French or Arabic? Published 14 Jun 2016

You want to explore all that the Middle East has to offer, but you also feel drawn to North Africa. You want to spend meaningful time in a country that feels completely different from home, but also has many of the amenities (in larger cities) that you...

4 Signs of a Dead End Volunteer Project Abroad (& How to Handle It) Published 17 May 2016

After spending months, if not longer, preparing to volunteer abroad, you’re likely optimistic about how the experience will turn out. You may have fundraised the money for your volunteer abroad experience or worked long hours to book your ticket and pa...

8 People You’ll Meet in the TEFL World Published 03 May 2016

When you decided to become a TEFL teacher, you likely imagined yourself in front of a classroom, guiding eager minds wanting to learn the English language. Maybe there’s a chalkboard, desks, and an apple on your desk for good measure. As a freshly cert...

6 Things to Know Before Volunteering as a Family Abroad Published 27 Apr 2016

Learn more about family volunteer tripsWith more and more families picking up to travel the world, a logical question is: what about my family? Is traveling the world and volunteering as a family abroad something we could do? If instilling global aware...

Celebrate Earth Day: Sign up for an International Volunteer Project Published 18 Apr 2016

When April 22 rolls around each year, are you shaking dirt out of your clothes (since you already visited your local nursery to stock up on saplings to plant in your community)? Do you reduce, reuse, and recycle all year long for a sense of solidarity ...

The One Quality All Successful ESL Teachers Have in Common Published 11 Apr 2016

When someone decides to teach abroad, they are likely looking for a few things. Adventure. Challenge. Excitement. An opportunity to expand their understanding of the world while putting their teaching experience to good use. If you’re a first-time teac...

Meaningful Travel: Is One Time Enough? Published 22 Mar 2016

We all have that one friend who always seems to be off adventuring. Between hiking the Swiss Alps, volunteering in Ecuador, and "studying abroad" on the beaches of Thailand, their passport looks like it walked right out of a listicle on the top 50 plac...

Volunteering Abroad is Selfish (& Why That’s Okay) Published 02 Mar 2016

Deciding to volunteer abroad, whether it’s for a short or longer-term experience, is a big decision. You have likely considered many aspects of the experience from where to volunteer to how long to volunteer to if you should volunteer at all. You migh...

6 TERRIBLE International Volunteer Qualities Published 07 Jan 2016

AKA how NOT to volunteer abroadAfter reading through articles on where to volunteer abroad, you finally decided where you are going to spend time giving back to the global community. Congratulations! While you probably already covered the essentials be...

11 Ways to Make a REAL Difference as a Volunteer in Africa Published 20 Nov 2015

Have you always dreamed about volunteering in Africa? Perhaps you feel driven to serve in a part of the world you’ve never been to before. Maybe you’ve traveled to Africa before as a tourist and now you feel compelled to give back. Regardless of your r...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Mali Published 23 Apr 2015

Nestled in the heart of West Africa, Mali is known for its music and as home to the most remote place in the world - Timbuktu. It is an ideal place for people interested in volunteering abroad in Africa in the agricultural, social entrepreneurship, an...