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Steph Dyson

Steph Dyson Travel Writer & International Educator

"A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.” - Moslih Eddin Saadi

Steph is a literature graduate and former high school English teacher from the UK who left her classroom in July 2014 to become a full-time writer and volunteer. Passionate about education and how it can empower young people, she’s worked with various education NGOs and charities in South America. A cheese addict and Bolivian television personality (well, almost), she’s a lover of the great outdoors and never says no to an adventure.

Articles By Steph Dyson

6 Bad@%$ Work Abroad Programs for Grown-@%$ Adults Published 05 Jun 2017

Let’s face it: while the bank of mom and dad was once an excellent option for an interest-free loan (*cough* handout *cough*) for traveling the globe, one day you’ve got to stand on your own two grown-up feet.Ok, we know that all work and no play makes...

5 Coolest Places to Volunteer in Indonesia in 2017-2018 Published 17 May 2017

Where to volunteer in IndonesiaWith seventeen thousand islands comprising the huge picture-perfect country of Indonesia, it hardly needs stating that those looking to volunteer here aren’t short on options. With volunteer opportunities including everyt...

7 Reasons to Teach in Qatar (Before it’s “Cool”)  Published 01 May 2017

It might once have been at the heart of the pearl hunting trade, but nowadays Qatar stakes its claim as the pearl of the Persian Gulf. Few countries have had the Cinderella moment that this tiny, Middle Eastern nation has experienced, transforming from...

8 Reasons You Want to Sign Up For Adventure Programs Abroad Published 06 Apr 2017

Why sign up for adventure programs?Whether it was real or fictional people who first whetted your appetite for exploring the globe, 2017 is the year for making those fantasies come true. Throw on that rucksack and follow in the footsteps of Gertrude Be...

Find the Sickest Adventure Travel Programs Abroad in 2017 Published 10 Jan 2017

The new year snuck up on us faster than you could say “I didn’t finish last year’s resolutions.” But never fear: if you’ve got “I want to go on an adventure” constantly on the tip of your tongue then we’ve got a whole new resolution for you. Welcome to...

Chasing Summer: 7 Ways to Spend Winter Break Abroad Published 29 Dec 2016

Winter might be setting in, but don’t be swapping your sunnies and flip flops for a full-body onesie and fur ushanka-hat just yet. When the weather gets colder there’s only one direction you should be headed: south. That’s right, let me introduce you t...

Best Places to Learn Arabic Abroad This Summer Published 15 Dec 2016

If Arabic language programs aren’t at the top of your list of summer plans, then sit yourself down and consider this your stern talking to. With over 290 million native speakers in more than 20 countries, Arabic should be on your radar as one of the mo...

6 Eastern Europe Travel & Trip Ideas for Adventurers Published 16 Aug 2017

It’s not just the promise of unique Slavic languages (that’ll get your tongue in a tangle) that makes this a compellingly offbeat region to travel. An Eastern Europe adventure awaits for those looking to explore handsome, historic cities or venture int...

4 Popular Types of Volunteer Opportunities in Chile That Need YOU Published 24 Nov 2016

Although the towering skyscrapers, modern malls, and trendy, bar-lined avenues of Santiago’s hottest barrios might hint at a prospering nation, Chile remains in desperate need of altruistic visitors and volunteers – and remains a great fit for anyone i...

5 Best Cities for Internships in Chile Published 19 Oct 2016

Chile strikes the perfect balance between valuable internships that boost those ever important career credentials and travel destinations to satiate even the greediest wanderlust. Unless you’re a geography buff, you’re probably not too hot on the names...

13 Ways Working Abroad Teaches You How to Adult Published 04 Oct 2016

Working abroad is one not-so-small step for your resume and one giant leap for your credentials as a fully-functioning adult. You might be tempted to work abroad by Canada, the United Kingdom, or Australia; but wherever you land, cutting those apron st...

A Guide to Learning Russian in Russia Published 03 Aug 2016

As the world’s largest nation, Russia has 11 time zones, 16 international borders, and centuries of globally significant history. Does the thought of world-class culture set your veins on fire (or is that just the vodka)? While learning Russian ...

A Guide to Language Programs in England Published 22 Jul 2016

The Beatles. Queues. Jammy Dodgers. Tetley tea bags. Local pubs. Red phone boxes. Big Ben. You’d be hard pushed to find anywhere more saturated with iconic cultural symbols than The Bard’s own country, England. Studying The Queen’s E...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Grenada Published 13 Jul 2016

The tiny island nation of Grenada may be found in the Lesser Antilles, but it certainly bats above its weight in terms of its unique Afro-Caribbean French culture and natural ecosystems. It’s one of the finest places for volunteering in marine c...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Madrid Published 07 Jul 2016

Offering a culture that prioritizes afternoon naps, excellent gastronomy, and late night parties, Madrid unsurprisingly attracts many international students. But studying in Madrid is a lesson in more than savoring the leisurely Madrileño pace ...

A Guide to Construction Internships Abroad Published 05 Jul 2016

Construction is an industry that could take you anywhere around the globe. You might be looking for experience in a sector that, let’s face it, will never go out of fashion, or maybe you’re motivated by working with development projects, w...

A Guide to National Park Jobs Abroad Published 29 Jun 2016

If you’re nuts about nature, have a penchant for peacefulness, or simply want to get up-close-and-personal with the planet’s finest eye-candy, then a job in a national park is the trail for you. Just in case the bonfires aren’t draw ...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Vanuatu Published 24 May 2016

Volunteering abroad has never been as culturally rewarding or visually stunning as it is in Vanuatu. Become a volunteer in Vanuatu and discover the island paradise for altruistic travelers with a love of languages, where a record breaking density of 1...

A Guide to Spanish Jobs Abroad Published 06 May 2016

If you’re a savvy undergraduate, postgraduate, or professional with Spanish language skills and a desire to live abroad while earning and gaining credible work experience, look no further than job abroad for Spanish speakers. With internships an...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Ecuador Published 06 May 2016

Darwin might have sussed out that little thing called evolution here, but there’s much more to Ecuador than finches and fe-nomenal flora and fauna. Despite being the titchiest Andean nation, Ecuador is the world’s most diverse country. Wit...

A Guide to Language Programs in Central America Published 28 Feb 2016

Wedged between the Pacific and the Caribbean oceans, Central America boasts 30 active volcanoes, 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and more wildlife than you can shake a stick at. Thanks to the clear, comprehensible accents of locals, language study in ...

A Guide to TEFL Courses in Bolivia Published 15 Jan 2016

For many looking to earn TEFL certification in South America, Bolivia is often little more than an afterthought. But, this culturally complex and visually stunning country does merit your attention. Despite being one of the poorest countries in South ...

A Guide to High School Programs Abroad in Peru Published 22 Dec 2015

In Quechua, the language of the lost Incan Empire, Peru means “Land of Abundance,” a description that fits this country perfectly. The vibrant capital, Lima, is nestled in beside the Pacific Ocean, while the city of Cusco sits amongst the ...