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Kaylan Reid Shipanga

Kaylan Reid Shipanga

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” - Neale Donald Walsch

Kaylan is the founder and editor-in-chief of African American in Africa, a collective founded on the need for amplified perspectives of black travelers and expats across the African continent. A Howard University journalism graduate, Kaylan has worked in media in the U.S. and Namibia. She chronicles her experiences of living abroad in Namibia on her website and Youtube channel "Afro American in Africa."

Articles By Kaylan Reid Shipanga

Gap Semester Programs: Because a Year Away Sounds Too Hard Published 18 Dec 2017

Not quite ready for the YEAR in gap year but still wanna sprinkle some meaningful travel into your life? No prob! You can go away for just a semester and still have a ball. See, gap year semester programs are so flexible, you can squeeze one into your ...

A Guide to Christian Based Gap Year Published 04 Dec 2017

As the congregation shouts out a collective “Aaamen!”, you reflect on the moving message pastor gave: service, humility, and walking in faith. You’re left feeling pulled beyond the pews and into deeper service. “How can I reall...

How to Cover Your Gap Year Cost Published 24 Nov 2017

Thinking of hitting the road to get some gap year traveling on? Hold your horses! Before you take off running you’ll need to make sure you’ve got enough dough stacked up. Now if you’re a trustfund baby, you’re pretty much covered (lucky you!). But if y...

A Guide to Medical Gap Year Published 20 Nov 2017

What’s one of the best kept secrets to excelling in the field of medicine? Hint: it’s way cooler than grabbing an espresso from your local coffee shop and running down to the university health clinic in your scrubs. Think foreign travel, h...

A Guide to Taking Gap Year Journalism Abroad Published 15 Nov 2017

Deadlines. Breaking news. Reporting from exotic locales... If news coverage and storytelling lights a spark in your soul and you’re ready to globalize your skills, what better way to develop your career than by doing a gap year journalism progra...

A Guide to Gap Year Volunteering Published 14 Nov 2017

Does your last year of high school or college have you feeling as worn out as your old gym socks? Sounds like you need a breather from all things university life—leaving all of your stresses behind for gap year volunteering could be just the fix...

A Guide to Taking a Gap Year Published 09 Nov 2017

Looking for the perfect combo of globetrotting and enlightenment? Take a gap year! A year off between high school and college is a healthy break from monotonous school life. And a gap year after college can give you time to figure out life when you&rs...

Help Me Plan My Gap Year! Pretty Please? Published 30 Oct 2017

Whizzing down the slopes of the Alps... snorkeling through the waters off Indonesia… You’ve decided that taking a gap year in some far out locale is the fix your life needs. And while you’re wired about time off overseas, you’re feeling fuzzy about act...

Why Take a Gap Year Published 27 Oct 2017

Have you been wondering if gap years really live up to all the hype? Feeling a little fuzzy about exactly what the advantages of taking gap year are? Sounds like you need a little pep talk before you spend your coins on world travel. First, you’re on t...

The Ultimate Guide to Volunteer in Africa Published 04 Sep 2017

Sitting mighty between the shores of the Atlantic and Indian oceans, Africa is a continent rife with incredible diversity. The 54 nations that make up Africa each boast their own tribes, wildlife, music, innovation, and so much more. It’s a continent w...