When someone mentions that they’ve spent time abroad, that could mean so many things. Maybe they studied abroad, worked abroad, or even volunteered abroad, but how did they find these opportunities? There are so many services and websites out there to help you get your abroad adventure going, that it can sometimes seem difficult to know where to start.
While here at Pilot, we do our best to provide you with itinerary planning tools, and ways to connect with others on your travels, we know that sometimes you might be looking for something more specific.
One website that offers a lot of information about various abroad opportunities is Go Overseas!
What is Go Overseas?
Go Overseas is a company that focuses on providing people with as much information as possible on opportunities abroad. Their goal is to help travelers make informed decisions about their next abroad adventure, whether they want to study, volunteer, work, or do anything in between.
While Go Overseas does not run any programs themselves, their website allows you to explore programs for studying, volunteering, teaching, or interning abroad, as well as information about gap year programs, and even high school abroad or language schools. You can use their site to scroll through programs for the adventure that interests you, as well as read reviews for different programs and providers to make the best decision for you. You can also ask questions about programs in their Q&A sections, which will be directed to people who have written reviews.
Additionally, with the pandemic, Go Overseas has added a category for online programs including online TEFL and language courses, online teaching abroad, virtual internships, and more!
Go Overseas Jobs
If you’re interested in going abroad with a work focus, Go Overseas offers insight on jobs for teaching abroad, interning abroad, or working abroad. The internship and teaching abroad page has slightly more results than working abroad does, but of course, the offerings will vary based on how many people are currently hiring at the time when you’re searching. Many of the jobs under the “work abroad” tab are nanny/au pair based, although there are a handful of more office centered positions. By far the page with the most positions is for teaching abroad.
Go Overseas TEFL
Teaching abroad can be a fulfilling job that allows you to explore another country and culture, while helping others learn another language. Go Overseas’ Teach Abroad job board is full of opportunities to teach abroad in various countries. Every job posting allows you to read about the location where you would teach, requirements for the job, contract length, and benefits. You can search for programs by location, as well as narrow down the classroom level you’d like to teach. For many employers, you can also view reviews to see how people who have taught abroad viewed the program and their time teaching abroad.
Go Overseas Gap Year
If you’re wanting to go abroad, but wanting to lean away from academia, you could explore the possibility of taking a gap year! During a gap year, you can take time off from studying, and use that time to volunteer, intern, teach, work abroad, learn a new language, or just travel the world. Regardless of your reasoning behind taking a gap year, it can be a great way to get some real world experience, while also potentially trying something new.
Go Overseas has reviews of gap year programs all over the world, so you can read through them all to find the location, and program that best fits your gap year goals! They also have articles about gap years written by members of the community which you can read to have a more holistic view on your next steps, and to better understand why kind of gap year might work best for you.
Go Overseas Scholarship
Wanting to go abroad but concerned about the costs associated? In addition to providing resources for finding ways to go abroad, Go Overseas also has dedicated guides to help you apply for scholarships to help you get abroad, along with scholarships you can apply for through Go Overseas. While their list of scholarship opportunities isn’t extensive, they do still have plenty to which you can apply.
The Go Overseas Ireland scholarship is perhaps the most well known. While there are a couple of options for scholarships in Ireland, the big one is a scholarship for a full masters degree in Ireland, in addition to a stipend and money towards flights.
There is also a full scholarship for a US student seeking to study their masters at Trinity College, as well as a $15,000 scholarship to study in Ireland. On top of those, there are also scholarships towards studying in Scotland, New Zealand, University of Auckland, as well as a scholarship for gap years, provided you take your gap year through an approved provider. They also have guides for applying for scholarships in Australia, Sweden, and Germany.
Go Overseas Reviews
One of the big draws of using Go Overseas to do research for any adventure you might want to take abroad is their review function. For any program you find, you can read associated reviews written by fellow travelers who have participated in those programs. As such, you can read about first hand experiences before committing to any particular adventure abroad.
It is important to note that these reviews are crowd sourced, so it’s not a bad idea to read through as many as you can, but also to potentially take some with a grain of salt. Of course, if you’ve participated in a given program that Go Overseas lists, be sure to add your own review so other people can benefit from your experiences!
Whether you’re in the beginning stages of planning for your next abroad adventure, or looking to solidify some details on your already planned voyage, Go Overseas is a great resource to discover a variety of ways to go abroad, while also getting to read reviews from fellow adventurers to see whether a program might be a good fit for you. Go Overseas is a perfect site to explore options of working, interning, volunteering, teaching, taking a gap year, or even just traveling abroad. Be sure to consult their guides for various programs and countries in addition to reading reviews to make sure you gather as much information as possible before embarking on your next adventure.
Once you’ve settled on a program, don’t forget to also check out Pilot for all your itinerary planning tools and more!