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Mariel Tavakoli

Mariel Tavakoli Creative Content Manager, PINC International

“...I think anybody who travels knows that you’re not really doing so in order to move around—you’re traveling in order to be moved.” - Pico Iyer

Mariel is a graduate of the College of William and Mary where she studied public policy and sociology. She fell in love with meaningful travel as a study abroad student in the Czech Republic, where she returned as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant after graduation. Mariel is dedicated to all things international exchange and spends her free time learning languages and always planning her next trip.

Articles By Mariel Tavakoli

Hey Parents! Here are 11 Gap Year Ideas to Inspire Your Teen Published 16 Jun 2017

What to do with a Gap Year There are a million reasons why you and your teen might be considering a gap year before attending college. Oh, and there’s that other reason that Malia Obama is taking her own gap year adventure pre-Harvard, so why shouldn’t...

Why TESOL? Teaching English as a Second Language Published 06 Jun 2017

Whether you’ve got the travel bug and have heard the buzz about teaching English as a second language, want to put your English degree to good use, or simply have a passion for languages, getting your TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Langua...

Wait—What? Figuring out Study Abroad Grants Published 27 May 2017

The secret(s) to study abroad grants.Going abroad is quickly becoming a rite of passage for many college students, but just like that mixture of fear and dread that you felt when deciding between a costly private university and that awesome in-state de...

Will My International Degree Get Me A Good Job? Published 28 Apr 2017

Short answer: Yes! But, keep reading for the longer, more in-depth answer with the best tips for maximizing your international degree and snagging your dream job post-grad!Are you about to graduate high school or letting your daydreams run wild while c...

A Guide to Civil Engineering Degrees Abroad Published 09 Feb 2017

The saying goes that “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and as a future civil engineer, you can appreciate that it was a lot more challenging to build Rome centuries ago! The world is full of miraculous stories of historic engineering fea...

A Guide to Adventure Travel in Kenya Published 27 Jan 2017

Maybe your intrigue with an African adventure started way back with the dramatic opening of “The Lion King,” or maybe it began after you saw photos of the majestic elephants in global publications like National Geographic. No matter where ...

A Guide to Learning German in Austria Published 24 Jan 2017

When most people think of Austria, they hear that funny yodeling sound, and their childhood memories recall the Von Trapps speaking (mostly) English — so what are the Austria languages anyway? If you’re reading this, you’ve already l...

A Guide to Interning Abroad in Shenzhen Published 03 Jan 2017

Push the limits of your resume by jump-starting your career in the booming southern city of Shenzhen. With an internship abroad in this financial center, you’ll access the career and industry insights of up and coming innovators and gain valuabl...

A Guide to Hospitality Degrees Abroad Published 01 Jan 2017

Do your most memorable travels involve enchanting abodes and gastronomic delights? Perhaps you can’t get the dreams of a plush paradise of a five-star penthouse or the rustic magic of a remote hostel out of your head. Hospitality and travel go h...

A Guide to Film Degrees Abroad Published 05 Dec 2016

For over a century, film has been a way for audiences to travel from their daily lives to experience other time periods, foreign lands, and unexpected world viewpoints. Now it’s time to jump out of that plush screening-room chair and let your pa...

A Guide to Adventure Travel in Israel Published 30 Nov 2016

Since Moses parted the Red Sea to escape oppression in a foreign land, Israelites have always had a flair for adventure. Considered the Holy Land, Israel is a country steeped in constant debate, conflict, and passion – but that’s even more...

A Guide to Linguistics Jobs Abroad Published 11 Nov 2016

Were you the high school student who couldn’t wait for Spanish class? Did you decide to download DuoLingo to pick up some Japanese after living with your college roommate from Japan? If your passion for travel is heavily influenced by a love of ...

A Guide to Language Programs in the United Arab Emirates Published 24 Oct 2016

Hala! If you’re looking for a stable, safe, and thriving country in the Middle East to immerse yourself in the Arabic language, look no further than the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Join the approximately 7.8 million foreigners who have already d...

Why Interning Abroad is a Good First Step Toward #GirlBoss Published 27 Sep 2016

Only 5% of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs.Women still make just $0.78 to every dollar men make.Women make up only 23% of Senior VP leaders and 17% of C-Suite executives.Women generate only 37% of global GDP.Statistics like these appear in the n...

A Parent’s Guide to Choosing a Study Abroad Program Published 16 Sep 2016

Your child has won you over with their arguments and enthusiasm to study abroad this upcoming semester, summer, or winter break. Now together, you may be looking at the thousands of destinations and program options with a trepidatious, giant question m...

What Your Child Wants You to Know About Reverse Culture Shock Published 31 Aug 2016

As your child prepared to go abroad, you may have heard the phrase “culture shock,” a common concern of travelers as they immerse and adapt to a new lifestyle in a foreign culture. But what about when your child comes back home? This transition from a ...

Your Child is Overseas, Now What? Published 22 Jul 2016

After all the research, the preparation, the packing, the tearful goodbye (mostly on your end), your child has finally arrived in their destination abroad and you may wonder...now what? It might be tempting to hang around the phone, send messages over ...