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Megan Lee

Megan Lee

"Any and all travel has educational potential, whatever its inspiration and purpose. What and how much is learned, however, depends greatly on how open the traveler is to what the road offers." - William Hoffa

Megan Lee is an international educator, traveler, and writer. After leading study abroad programs in Asia, the South Pacific, and East Africa, she now is the Director of GoAbroad.com.

Articles By Megan Lee

How to Prepare to Study Abroad: What to Know as a First Timer Published 01 May 2017

How to prepare to study abroadHere is everything you need to prepare to study abroad, including a study abroad preparation checklist, a list of do's and don't's, and smorgasbord of things to bring to study abroad. Let's begin!This whole studying abroad...

Floods of Love for Flood Victims in Peru & Colombia Published 06 Apr 2017

What is happening with the floods in Peru and Colombia?In mid-March 2017, Peru was struck with downpours that flooded the coastal regions of Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash, Lima, Ica, and Arequipa. The result? Numerous roads rendered ir...

The World's Best Cities to Study Abroad Published 30 Mar 2017

Where is the best city to study abroad?We city slickers know that the heart and soul of a country’s culture can be found in its mega-cities. Why? The confluence of diverse peoples and the amenities that make us swoon — not to mention their natural cosm...

16 Characters & Celebrities Who Studied Abroad Published 01 Mar 2017

Which celebrities have studied abroad?As if we need even *more* reasons to look up to these highly-influential individuals, we’ve scoured the interwebs to create this shortlist of celebrities who studied abroad. From Europe to the Land Down Under, here...

A Guide to High School Programs Abroad in Costa Rica Published 24 Feb 2017

From the clear turquoise seas on either coast to the rolling inland coffee farms, Costa Rica is an attractive destination for high school students in search of both chilling and thrilling experiences. Students can exchange their high school classrooms...

A Guide to Undergraduate Degrees Abroad Published 15 Feb 2017

Even though the majority of your high school friends are going to the local state school or your nearby community college, you’ve got your sights set elsewhere. Somewhere much further afield, maybe even somewhere abroad. Despite the shock on Mom...

Best Teach English Abroad Programs Published 14 Feb 2017

Whether it’s the superb ratio of value to cost, the awesome locations, the flexibility of course options...these hot teaching English abroad programs have been well reviewed (and well-loved!) by past teachers on GoAbroad.com. As your resource for findi...

GoAbroad.com on President Trump's Immigration Ban Published 30 Jan 2017

As the GoAbroad team works together across the globe to understand the recent and rapid developments regarding immigration in the United States of America, we are aware of the concerns President Trump’s immigration ban might cause our community of trav...

Time is Running Out! 20 Scholarships for Study Abroad Summer 2017 Published 24 Jan 2017

How to get study abroad scholarships summer 2017You want study abroad scholarships, we got study abroad scholarships. Well, a list of ‘em anyway. And if you’re planning to study abroad for summer 2017, we’re about to become your new favorite bookmark.R...

The Best Meaningful Travel Articles of 2016 Published 16 Jan 2017

As the year has come and gone, we’re called to reflect on what we learned this past year and how we can do better in the coming year. To our great delight, there was a large influx of articles published in 2016 surrounding themes of meaningful travel—t...

A Guide to Master’s Degrees Abroad Published 13 Jan 2017

We’re gonna operate under the assumption that you found your way to this page because you’re ready for something more. You’re ready to stand out from the crowd, to improve your employability, to increase your expertise in a field you...

Best Places to Study Abroad in Europe Published 03 Jan 2017

Where should I study abroad in Europe?With over 50 individual countries to choose from, it’s no wonder most American students opt to hop the pond when choosing where to study abroad. If you’re set on the best places to study abroad in Europe and want t...

The Emotional Roller Coaster That is Your First Day Teaching Abroad Published 23 Dec 2016

You only get one first day of teaching abroad. As you battle jetlag and the inevitable urge to hop on a plane to head back home, the sleep in your eyes only magnifies your creeping feelings of doubt. Once you tighten your belt and slip on your shoes th...

Peace Out U.S.A: Top Countries to Work Abroad the Next Four Years Published 16 Nov 2016

One week later and the United States (and most of the world) is still reeling in shock from the unpredicted victory of President-Elect Donald Trump. Rather than wallowing in self-pity or standing by as hundreds of people protest in opposition or speak ...

How to Pick the Right Program Abroad for You Published 26 Oct 2016

In the 1990s and prior, there were fat, thick catalogs for international programs. In the 2000s, there were online directories and digital program catalogs, such as GoAbroad.com.And now, there’s the MyGoAbroad tool, your best mate when it comes to pick...

A Guide to Education Jobs Abroad Published 07 Oct 2016

Why confine your travels abroad to the books that you assign to students or the documentaries you watch in class? Working as a teacher is awarding as is, but working abroad in education adds an entirely different dimension to the joys (and challenges)...

12 Photos from Volunteers in Thailand That are Crazy Inspiring Published 29 Sep 2016

The quintessential volunteer experience abroad: exploring beautiful Thailand, a country famous for it’s warm beaches and warmer smiles. But that’s just scratching the surface. There’s way (way WAY) more to this Kingdom than a good fruit shake. There ar...

How Traveling Makes You Less of a Jerkface Published 12 Sep 2016

We all have tough jobs; jobs that make us focus less on the whole and more on the self. We try to be peacemakers. We try to keep our communities safe. We try to bring up children that accept others (and themselves) for all of their strengths and weakne...

10 Photos That'll Make You Want to Study Abroad in England RIGHT NOW Published 29 Aug 2016

Hold tight, dear friends; we’re about to take a journey into the very heart of your Union-Jack-lovin’ imagination. Whether you’ve been there before, are there now, or are planning your epic summer or semester abroad there, England is anything but old n...

Studying Abroad this Fall? You Need These Tips in Your Life Published 16 Aug 2016

Seeing the beautiful change of colors in the tree-laden streets of Paris? Eating seasonal breads in Germany? Celebrating Day of the Dead with REAL Mexicans in REAL Mexico?! Or, for those lucky enough heading south of the equator, a second SUMMER (becau...

The Inherent Risks of Study Abroad (and How to Prep for Them)  Published 21 Jul 2016

Survivors of tragedy are called to reflect. How can we better prepare for these types of emergencies in the future? Where did we go wrong? What preventative steps can be taken? How do we streamline our response processes, establish order amidst adversi...

5 (More) Scholarships for Underrepresented Students  Published 15 Jul 2016

Find more tales from black travelers in our free downloadable eBook, “Meaningful Traveler Tips & Tales: African American Perspectives”In an effort to promote diversity amongst study abroad program participants, many foundations, universities, and progr...

Community College Students: Can I Study Abroad? Published 05 Jul 2016

The answer is absolutely. Study abroad isn’t just a game for four-year-degree-seeking-junior-year-kids anymore. In fact, more community college students are studying abroad today than ever before. During the 2012-2013 school year, 5,907 community coll...

5 Study Abroad Scholarships for Underrepresented Students Published 01 Jul 2016

Don’t let finances hold you back from collecting stamps on your passport.Find more tales from black travelers in our free downloadable eBook, “Meaningful Traveler Tips & Tales: African American Perspectives”Students time and again cite the costs of stu...

15 Lessons My Mama Taught Me That Served Me Well During My Travels Published 08 May 2016

It’s Mother’s Day, so it’s only natural you’re feeling-all-the-feels. Whether choosing a card for your mom at the shop,  brainstorming a gift that captures your appreciation for her, or crafting the perfect Facebook post, you’re probably thinking “I ha...

Relief 101: What You Need to Know to Help Earthquake Survivors Published 21 Apr 2016

As footage of devastation, stories of lost lives, and images of destroyed cultural landmarks poured across social media outlets these past few days due to earthquakes rattling Ecuador, Japan, Vanuatu, Myanmar, and multiple other countries, the natural ...

42 Things I’ve Learned About World Religions in my Travels Published 28 Mar 2016

From the deep-seated philosophies born of hillsides in the far east to the dusty, cat-laden streets of the Arabian peninsula. Due south to the colorful hijabs of East Africa and the familiar hymns of southern Africa. Exploring the spiritually-earthboun...

A Guide to Spring Break Study Abroad Published 27 Jan 2016

Just picture it: the snow is melting, the mid-terms are ending, the desire to trade in your hot coffee for a cold toddy is becoming almost unbearable. You’re swapping your winter boots for your sandals and digging your favorite spring coat out o...

A Guide to Adventure Travel Abroad Published 07 Dec 2015

Not to sound too much like the chubby boyscout in Up, but the wilderness must be explored! What better way to add a serious helping of adventure to your life than by taking your travels abroad? Not only is adventure travel great for collecting the bes...

Greek Life 101: Why Brothers and Sisters Should Study Abroad, Too Published 03 Dec 2015

Letters today, leaders tomorrow. While we know it’s difficult to imagine spending a semester away or missing out on initiation, recruitment, and co-hosting your school’s best philanthropy project, brothers and sisters who take their studies abroad will...

A Guide to Teaching Abroad Published 20 Nov 2015

Are you more of a Ms. Frizzle or a Ms. Norberry? Mr. Miyagi or Mr. Feeny? Professor McGonagall or Professor John Keating? No matter which fictional (or real life) teacher you prefer, if you’ve made it this far, you are ready to join the pack and...

A Guide to Internships Abroad Published 20 Nov 2015

Pssst…we’re going to let you in on a little secret. Did you know there are ways to go abroad and earn college credit that can ALSO double-whammy as an internship placement? Never mind the simple fact that you’ll have secured interna...

Let's Reflect On & Celebrate International Education Week Published 19 Nov 2015

The GoAbroad office has been a-buzz for International Education Week 2016! We are pumped to see our friends and network sharing in our (moderately excessive) enthusiasm, from profile photo updates to participating in broader discussions about the purpo...

An Open Letter to Volunteers Who Want to Work with Women Abroad Published 14 Oct 2015

Dear volunteers who have a desire to volunteer with women abroad, Thank you for your service. Thank you for your willingness to enter foreign communities and fight for what you believe is right. Thank you for not allowing another day to pass where wom...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in the United States Published 30 Sep 2015

You’ve seen it in the movies and you’ve read about it online, but, like any good traveler, you recognize there is much more to be learned about the country famed for its big guns and even bigger appetites. In between the glamorous streets ...

World Tourism Day: 1 Billion Ways to be a Bad Tourist Published 27 Sep 2015

Your holidays and vacations have a bigger impact than you think, and not always for the better. The decisions you make while on the road matter, and can lead to a brighter, more inclusive future for countries around the world (or inadvertently contribu...

A Guide to Earning A Degree Abroad Published 15 Sep 2015

For most degree seeking students, studying abroad is a brief stint bookended by long years of more traditional studies. However, some students are kicking it up a notch. Instead of limiting their education abroad to four weeks or a single semester, mo...

A Guide to Language Study Abroad in Africa Published 18 Aug 2015

Serious students know that understanding Africa begins with language study. Language schools in Africa are a big draw not only for students interested in learning critical languages, such as Swahili or Arabic, but also for students who want to practic...

Top Fall Study Abroad Programs for 2015 Published 05 Aug 2015

How many times have you heard, “Plan ahead, don’t wait until the last minute!” Pish posh. It turns out that some things are just better left to the last minute: game-winning shots, impulse lip balm purchases, trading in a home cooked dinner for take ou...

A Guide to Language Study Abroad in Argentina Published 30 Jul 2015

Follow in Che Guevara’s footsteps, sort of. Rather than start a revolution, take your studies to his home country of Argentina, which is also home to Patagonia, Iguazu Falls, the Paris of South America, and a Spanish accent unlike anywhere else....

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Namibia Published 30 Jul 2015

Whether it’s the Kalahari desert sand in your hair or the brisk Atlantic air that gets to your bones, something grabs hold of Namibia’s visitors and makes a lasting impact. This recently independent nation (as of 1990) has been working tir...

A Guide to Language Study Abroad in Mexico Published 26 Jul 2015

Who says you have to study Spanish in Spain to have a valuable and effective language learning experience? Instead of hopping over to Europe, take a jaunt over to Mexico. Spanish was brought to Mexico in the 16th century, and has since been shaped by ...

Studying Abroad & Paying It Forward Published 23 Jul 2015

You just returned from your study abroad trip, and you can say with confidence that it was even MORE amazing than you had anticipated. You feel a renewed sense of strength, clarity, motivation, and joie de vivre. Since you're brimming with joy and nea...

The Most Helpful Study Abroad Career Advice You’ll Ever Get Published 30 Jun 2015

And now, presenting…translating lessons from abroad into transferable career skills. Or, more simply: how your study abroad semester can earn you the big bucks. Your advisor, your resident director, different websites, your parents, they're all tellin...

Pros and Cons of Multi-Country Study Abroad Programs Published 20 May 2015

Upsides and downsides. Costs and benefits. Henhaos and buhaos. Pluses and minuses. Strengths and weaknesses. No matter what you call it, we know you get it: to every decision, there are pros and cons. When it comes to making decisions, it's important ...

Know Before You Go: Tips for Study Abroad in Uganda Published 22 Apr 2015

Entebbe. The shoebill. Jinja. Idi Amin. Kampala. Museveni. Lake Victoria. The white rhino. Bunyonyi. Nyabo-sebo. While the above words might not mean much to you now, it won't take an entire semester of studying abroad in Uganda to understand the beau...

5 Tips to Get the Most out of Your Study Abroad Program Leader  Published 01 Apr 2015

We know that you've heard the spiel about all that a study abroad program offers a student - a chance to travel, see other cultures, learn more about yourself and step out of your comfort zone - blah blah blah. And while all that is good and true, we'...

5 Exotic Destinations for Study Abroad Published 25 Mar 2015

WARNING: This article will not be interesting to students who tend to follow the norm or fear veering off the beaten path. If you've already decided you want to study abroad somewhere über familiar and comfortable like everybody else, save yourself the...

Ten Reasons to Volunteer in Ecuador Published 30 Sep 2013

Like an Amazonian River Dolphin, there's no need to wait -- let's dive right in.1. Great Need. Ecuador, particularly in recent years, has experienced much heartbreak (here's looking at you, 2016 earthquake), not to mention increasing societal issues fa...

How to Find an Effective Volunteer Position in Ecuador Published 03 Sep 2013

Feeling drawn to the land that straddles the equator and the home of evolution? Take your heart for travel and do some good with it: not only are we here to help you find cool volunteer programs in Ecuador, but we want to make sure that the work you do...