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Niki Kraska

Niki Kraska Meaningful Travel Insider (MTI)

“Not all those who wander are lost” - J. R. R. Tolkien

After intermittent volunteer stints in South Africa, Guatemala, and India, Niki decided to quit her job in the U.S. to pursue a life of full time international volunteering and writing. She uses her experience working in non-profits to volunteer wherever her heart leads her and plans to pursue an international master’s program to further her impact, because, Ubuntu.

Articles By Niki Kraska

Can I Volunteer Abroad with my Chronic Condition? Published 02 Aug 2017

This article was previously published in Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales: Health & Chronic Illness Abroad.How to manage a chronic condition or illness while abroadWhile my chronic condition and yours can be very different, there is one thing we probab...

Check Out These 6 Picasso-Worthy Creative Internships Abroad Published 31 May 2017

After graduating from crayon stick figures at the age of four, are you now stenciling entire scenes on your bedroom walls? Is your notebook full of ingenious recipes just waiting for taste testers (that aren’t named Mom and Dad)? A creative mind should...

The Top 15 U.S. Universities with International Campuses Published 18 Apr 2017

After getting a taste of international travel on a volunteer trip, high school program, or an awesome backpacking summer adventure, you aren’t just thinking about study abroad for just a semester, you’re jumping all the way into full degree abroad prog...

Living Abroad Under President Trump Published 24 Mar 2017

Editorial Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s alone, not those of GoAbroad.com, our staff, or our products, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.I’ll never forget staying u...

How to Manage Your Symptoms in an ESL Classroom Published 03 Mar 2017

This article was previously published in the free, downloadable eBook, Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales: Heath and Chronic Illness Abroad.You’ve managed to get through the first day of class without spilling coffee on your white shirt, misspelling a wo...

Graduating in 2018 or 2019? Take a Gap Year Before College Published 18 Jul 2017

You’re just a few months away from the big graduation day a.k.a. FREEDOM! Instead of studying your English lit notes in class, you’re probably texting your best friend about upcoming summer escapades or worrying if that tenth college application was en...

I Want to Volunteer for a Year in Africa: What's Next? Published 17 Jan 2017

How can I help Africa?You’ve got the time, you’ve got the grit, and you’ve said out loud (an important first step), “I want to volunteer in Africa for a year.” Congratulations! Deciding to spend a year volunteering abroad in ANY country is praise worth...

Eating Disorders, Travel, & Recovery Published 13 Jan 2017

This article has been previously published in our free downloadable Mental Health & Self-Care Abroad Ebook.Travelers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds, personalities, and medical histories, and all of these things impact the way we travel....

Moving Abroad for Work Like a Champ Published 06 Jan 2017

If you are seriously considering moving abroad, you’ve probably already gotten a taste of life in a foreign country through studying, volunteering, or interning abroad (If you haven’t, we recommend doing this as a test-run first! Or at least getting so...

How Long Should I Volunteer Abroad? Published 18 Oct 2016

You’ve researched different cities and towns, and you’ve read through various causes and projects. You’ve finally narrowed down your options to one location and a handful of organizations you could volunteer abroad with. The volunteer teaching project ...

What the Language you Learn Abroad Says About You Published 18 Jul 2017

Forget personality tests and fortune-tellers, just tell someone where your language study abroad program was and they’ll be able to figure out enough about you. Didn’t know you were giving yourself away by choosing a specific language? It’s just like ...

Best Places to Study Public Policy & Diplomacy Abroad Published 21 Sep 2016

So, you think the “International Day of Peace” should be an everyday thing and not a one day event? We hear ya. Every year on September 21st, World Peace Day is celebrated as a global commitment to strengthening peace amongst nations and peoples. Look...

10 Lies We Tell Our Parents While Traveling Published 12 Sep 2016

We all do it. Whether you are on your first study abroad trip or you are an experienced volunteer overseas with over five countries under your belt, lies, sometimes big, sometimes small, have been told. Long term or solo travelers are probably the bigg...

The Important Things Studying in South Africa Will Teach You Published 18 Aug 2016

South Africa offers a little bit of everything. Geographically, there are mountains to hike, beaches with good surf, and close encounters with nature in its purest form (safaris!). Culturally, there are 11 official languages to learn (or at least try),...

A Guide to Adventure Travel in India Published 15 Aug 2016

If having some of the world’s largest mountain ranges isn’t enough to draw adventure travelers to India, the opportunities for camel rides, nature treks, and a range of watersports should seal the deal. From the northern Himalayas to the b...

A Guide to Volunteering in Volunteer Management Abroad Published 15 Aug 2016

The secret to being a good volunteer manager is experience as a volunteer yourself; with volunteer experience notched into your belt, you know more than you may think! You’ve figured out what it takes to be a volunteer, collaborated with awesome...

The Benefits of Returning To Your Volunteer Project Abroad Published 03 Aug 2016

So it has been almost a year since you returned from volunteering internationally and you’re itching to get back out there in the world. Looking at the options, how can you decide between opportunities like conservation efforts in the Galapagos and pub...

A Guide to Language Programs in South Africa Published 26 Jul 2016

Molo! Sawubona! Ndaa! Hallo! In South Africa, you have 11 official languages and an array of dialects to choose from to say “hello” (no, a lion’s roar does not count as one of them). From English to indigenous tribal languages, South...

A Guide to Vocal Performance Degrees Abroad Published 15 Jul 2016

By now, you can probably sing your country’s national anthem while sleeping, in five-part harmony, by yourself. If it’s time to expand your repertoire, voice performance degrees abroad are calling! By traveling with a vocal instrument (it ...

Flying Red, White, & Blue: The Realities of Traveling as an American Published 01 Jul 2016

Ahhh, the Fourth of July. The smell of burgers grilling on the open flame, the taste of buttery corn kernels crunching in your mouth, the “snap “crackle” and “pop” you hear from a distance in the sky (no guys, not Rice Krispies, fireworks!). For many ...

How Traveling Abroad Made Me Better Appreciate My Father   Published 16 Jun 2016

A family that plays together…When I was 21, I spread my wings and flew across the Atlantic to spend three months studying, volunteering, and traveling in South Africa. I hiked Table Mountain overlooking the ocean, woke up at the crack of dawn to watch ...

Why Volunteering Abroad Should be a Compulsory Part of Our Education Published 03 Jun 2016

We sit in lecture halls packed with hundreds of students. We head to study sessions in hopes the TA is cute (and quickly learn we can ditch these without it affecting our grade). We stay up until 3 a.m. preparing for tomorrow’s written exam, but really...

A Guide to Theater Volunteering Abroad Published 12 Apr 2016

If all the world’s a stage, isn’t it your duty as a thespian to explore that stage?! We think so. And if you think so too, volunteering in drama abroad could be the best way to do it. Whether you have years of experience as an actor or if ...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in South Africa Published 08 Apr 2016

South Africa is one of the most popular destinations for volunteers around the world. With the end of apartheid in 1994, the country is doing its best to progress, creating ample opportunities for volunteering. As a volunteer in South Africa, you will...

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Mexico Published 03 Apr 2016

Are chips and salsa your favorite food ever? Have you been saying, “¿Donde está el baño?” since you were in grade school? Do you take your tacos with two tortillas instead of one? If any of these are true, Mexico will ...

Never Underestimate This International Volunteer Quality Published 30 Mar 2016

Do you have what it takes to be a volunteer abroad? We all have a literal (...and figurative...) hand or two we can offer to help others, so is that all that’s needed to be an effective volunteer - a willingness and a physical presence? I’m sure most ...

A Guide to Dance Degrees Abroad Published 28 Feb 2016

Dancing is a full time job, even as a dance student. With the number of classes to take in a week, plus late night rehearsals and as many performances as you can land, you are lucky to have enough time to eat and sleep (so what if it’s in the gr...