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Petrina Darrah

Petrina Darrah

"Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind." - Anthony Bourdain

After completing a bachelor’s degree in linguistics, Petrina embarked on her first solo expedition around South America in 2012. Hooked, she has continued to crisscross the world ever since, traveling far and wide from her native New Zealand. She is currently following her passion for education by working as an English teaching fellow in Colombia, helping to bring English to vulnerable communities.

Articles By Petrina Darrah

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Cartagena created on 2017-03-16

When we dream of ditching the grey office life to go and teach abroad, often we are picturing sunny skies, deserted beaches, and idyllic blue water. Seem like an unrealistic fantasy? Well, you’ve obviously never heard of Cartagena. This colorful...

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Medellin created on 2017-03-16

If you’re considering teaching English in Medellin, this page will help you get there. Decades on from the violence of the drug trade that once gripped this city, Medellin is one of the most innovative, exciting, and beautiful cities in Latin Am...

A Guide to Interning Abroad in Mendoza created on 2017-03-16

Somewhere in the vast panoramas of Argentina nestles a little sun and wine soaked town called Mendoza — perfect for international internships. Both laid-back and lively, Mendoza is surrounded by desert but bursting with fountains. Ideal for lapp...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Christchurch created on 2017-03-15

Old-world English charm meets raw natural beauty in Christchurch. The largest town in the South Island of New Zealand, a distinct European touch lingers around the stone architecture of Christchurch. Even so, the wilderness surrounding the city creeps...

A Guide to Interning Abroad in Queenstown created on 2017-03-15

The beauty queen of New Zealand, internships in Queenstown are practically royalty. Confronted with the dizzying heights of the Remarkables mountain range and the mysterious depths of Lake Wakatipu, it is only natural that Queenstown has developed int...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Bogota created on 2017-03-15

A cosmopolitan city with a colonial heart, Bogota has a certain allure for international volunteers. Set among Andean peaks, Bogota has an occasionally chilly climate, but a perpetually warm and welcoming atmosphere. While it has all of the urban soph...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Barranquilla created on 2017-03-14

The Golden Gate to Colombia, Barranquilla is a hotspot for volunteering (and not just because of that Caribbean heat). Lying on the coast next to the delta of the Magdalena river, Barranquilla is a sprawling metropolis of palm trees and white bungalow...

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Bogota created on 2017-03-13

They say that the only risk in finding English teaching jobs in Colombia is wanting to stay. If you teach in Bogota, this risk becomes a serious danger. Colombia’s capital city is bursting with life, culture, and teaching opportunities. After da...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Auckland created on 2017-03-13

There are several things that New Zealand does really well: playing rugby, making movies about hobbits, and providing sweet as volunteer opportunities. If you have been dreaming of traveling to Aotearoa, but want to go beyond the well-traveled tourist...

8 Destinations in Canada You Can’t Miss created on 2017-02-14

Oh, Canada! The land we all want to call home. An expansive land mass with beautiful mountains and prairies, Canada has something for everyone. The Shaw Festival and Stratford for theatre lovers, Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise for wildlife and winter sp...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Santiago created on 2017-02-02

The Caribbean isn’t all palm-fringed beaches and fancy resorts. Outside of the tourist bubble, the Dominican Republic suffers extensively from poverty. The good news is, it's possible to enjoy the ocean vistas and white-sand beaches while doing ...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Monaco created on 2017-02-01

Fast cars, fancy yachts, and glitzy casinos set the stage for dramatic study abroad programs in Monaco. This tiny independent city-state is steeped in wealth and luxury, with belle-epoque buildings looking out across the glittering Mediterranean. The ...

A Guide to High School Programs in Nice created on 2017-02-01

La vie est belle, especially when you are a high school student abroad in Nice. The long pebbled beach and warm red roofs of Nice are bathed in sunshine all year round, and the Mediterranean sea tries constantly to out-blue the sky. The elegant waterf...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Wellington created on 2017-01-31

Wellywood is its own kind of glamorous, where grungy, hipster cool meshes with a slick waterfront and elegant hilltop parks. Easily one of New Zealand’s most striking cities, Welly’s Victorian timber villas tumble down steep hills and vall...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Santiago created on 2017-01-22

A country with a strong economy and extreme landscapes, Chile continues to eradicate extreme poverty in every region, including Santiago. The social problems Chile faces create the need for international volunteers in local communities. The vast gap b...

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Bolivia created on 2017-01-19

Rough around the edges, but beautiful to its core, Bolivia is for anyone craving something a little different. With more than half of the population made up of indigenous people, you’ll see locals wearing traditional clothes even in big cities. ...

Where Music Meets Travel: 17 Songs to Celebrate Equality in 2017 created on 2017-01-19

Here at GoAbroad, providing resources, access, and the most up to date information about meaningful travel is more than just a job; it’s a passion and lifelong commitment.A huge component of meaningful travel is learning about, appreciating, and unders...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Colombia created on 2017-01-12

Colombia takes the best of the Caribbean, Amazon, Andes, and Pacific, and packs it all together in one lushly diverse country. With a flair for drama, everything in Colombia seems amplified: the colorful fruits are brighter, the rainforests are wilder...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Sweden created on 2017-01-04

There is something Sweden does even better than IKEA, ABBA, and H&M (and no, it’s not capitalizing everything). If you haven’t heard yet, Sweden is one of the premier study abroad destinations in the world. Sweden has a lot of the elem...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Melbourne created on 2017-01-01

Follow your own yellow brick road to Oz, and become a volunteer in Melbourne. Australia (aka Aussie, Aus, or Oz) is a prime volunteering destination. This island-continent is an entity unto itself, with a unique and beautiful environment, populated wi...

A Guide to Degrees Abroad in Austria created on 2016-12-22

Whether you are artistically inspired by Mozart, intrigued by Sigmund Freud’s childhood, or simply a fan of “The Sound of Music,” universities in Austria boast exciting academic and cultural experiences for international students. Th...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Gibraltar created on 2016-12-16

Have you considered studying abroad in England but just can’t face the thought of the grey weather? Are you tempted by the Spanish climate and seaside but don’t speak a lick of Spanish? Well, have you heard of a little place called Gibralt...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Auckland created on 2016-12-16

So you’re thinking about studying in Auckland? Good on ya, mate. If it’s world-class education providers, miles of golden beaches, fun nightlife, and native forests right at your doorstep you’re looking for, then Auckland is the city...

A Guide to TEFL Courses in Brisbane created on 2016-12-05

TEFL doesn’t stand for Ticket Everywhere For Life, but it might as well. A certification in ESL teaching is almost as good as your passport when it comes to exploring the world. Tempted to get yourself one of these travel passes? Check out the T...

11 Things You Should Know Before Studying Abroad in Prague created on 2016-12-02

Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is famed for its beauty. It is a magical place filled with cobblestone lanes, golden spires, and full-on castles. But, it is a real place too, with its own set of practicalities and realities for young wo...

A Guide to TEFL Programs in Galway created on 2016-12-02

To become a teacher, first you have to become a student. Where better to do that than in a city famed for its lively student culture? Getting your TEFL certification in Ireland means doublin’ up on study and fun. As well as learning how to teach...

10 Adventurous Things To Do in Europe created on 2016-11-15

We’ve all seen pictures of the Cinque Terre architecture, the Berlin Wall artwork, and the “Love Lock” bridge in Paris, but what about the path less traveled?  If you are looking for more unique European adventures, look no further! From festivals to f...

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Paris created on 2016-11-09

Audrey Hepburn was right when she said “Paris is always a good idea.” Teaching English in Paris, the French capital city, might be the best idea you’ll ever have. Being surrounded by one of the great artistic and cultural centers of ...

How to Enjoy the French Lifestyle While Studying in France created on 2016-11-01

France is one of the most popular study abroad destinations in the world. There is a certain je ne sais quoi about life in France. With all of the good food, fine art, and high fashion, life in France just seems more romantic and beautiful. Many aspiri...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in the Caribbean created on 2016-10-27

If you can’t focus on studying because you keep gazing wistfully at the turquoise water and white sand of your desktop background, you probably have a bad case of Caribbean-itis. The remedy? Consider applying for study abroad programs in the Car...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Scotland created on 2016-10-18

You need a “braveheart” to study abroad in Scotland: it’s a frightening land where people eat haggis, lochs are inhabited by monsters, and all castles are haunted. Luckily, it’s also full of high-quality academics, sports, and ...

26 Tips For Better Air Travel created on 2016-10-11

Whether you’re getting ready to study abroad or gearing up for an international volunteer trip, air travel these days can be somewhat of a science. If you don’t frequent airports, airline policies and airport procedures can be downright overwhelming an...

A Guide to Interning Abroad in London created on 2016-09-27

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." A lot has changed since Samuel Johnson uttered these words, but they still ring true. London was big even in the 1700s, but now the city boast...

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Barranquilla created on 2016-09-26

If you decide to teach abroad in Barranquilla, you will quickly learn why salsa singer Joe Arroyo crooned his famous song En Barranquilla Me Quedo (In Barranquilla I Stay). Barranquilla is a hot, chaotic mess of Caribbean vibes and coconut palms, vall...

How to Travel the World on a Shoestring Budget created on 2016-09-23

Whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally, budgeting can be a nightmare: you want to think about all the fun you’re having, not the deep, deep hole you are digging in your bank account. However, with a few budget travel tips and tricks y...

A Guide to Interning Abroad in Auckland created on 2016-09-07

New Zealand’s “City of Sails” is the perfect place to sail into a career-defining internship. An internship on its own will show you have experience in your field; an internship in Auckland will show you have the skills and self-conf...

A Guide to Theater Degrees Abroad created on 2016-08-25

Shakespeare nailed it when he said, “All the world’s a stage.” Take your place as a player in the world of theater and earn a theater degree abroad. Study in the old stomping grounds of Moliere and Voltaire, live your own Greek trage...

A Guide to Adventure Travel in New Zealand created on 2016-08-11

There might not be any hobbits, but New Zealand is undeniably full of the surreal. While the snow-capped mountains, fjords, and hot springs set the stage, it is New Zealanders themselves that make New Zealand the ultimate adventure destination. Strong...

A Guide to Learning Spanish in Colombia created on 2016-07-25

The happiest country in the world will be delighted to teach you Spanish. Famous for its hospitality, Colombia will wrap you up in its warm embrace, give you plenty of besos, pour aguardiente down your throat, spin you around salsa bars, and send you ...

A Guide to Physical Therapy Jobs Abroad created on 2016-07-15

If mobility is your specialty, it makes sense to move. Cure boredom and get full functionality out of your physical therapy degree by working abroad; satisfy your travel urges, get started on that career, and spread good deeds in the world, all at the...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Albania created on 2016-05-24

If you decide to volunteer in Albania, prepare to be Taken. Not by mafia members, although you may need someone with Liam Neeson’s strength to drag you away again. Taken by the Albanian Riviera, by the charm of the Ottoman style mountain village...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Argentina created on 2016-05-19

Argentina is to travel what Messi is to soccer: simply one of the best. Between the salt flats to the north, sublime mountain ranges to the west, Iguazu Falls to the east, and the end of the world on its southern tip, you could set off in any directio...

A Guide to Winter Study Abroad Programs created on 2016-05-04

If the idea of being away from home over summer gives you extreme FOMO, consider studying abroad in winter instead. When the last festival is over and the last beach bonfire put out, pack up your best winter jacket and your sense of adventure, and set...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in the Middle East created on 2016-04-29

The Middle East should really be called the Middle of Everything. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism were born here. The oldest city in the world, Damascus, is found here. Falafel was made here. There are a few well-known problems in the Middle East, wh...

A Guide to Fall Study Abroad Programs created on 2016-04-20

Fall is the season when leaves, temperatures, and spirits all drop. Summer is over, your tan is already fading, and all-night study sessions are looming. If the thought of going back to classes after a long, lazy summer is getting you down, you are cl...

A Guide to Studying English as a Second Language Abroad created on 2016-02-29

You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, now all you need is to sharpen up your English skills. The global lingua franca, English is your passport to anywhere, a crucial skill for traveling, studying, and working almost anywhere in the wor...