"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."
- Jawaharlal Nehru
Introducing: the new www. fundforeducationabroad.org!
We're happy to share that after months of hard work, the FEA team, along with a talented group of designers, developers, and testers, is ready to launch the new and improved www.fundforeducationabroad.org!
One new feature is that we're moving our student blog off of the former platform, fea.goabroad.net  and bringing it onto our new site .  
In addition, we have a brand new scholar page - check it out!

When: Thursday, November 19th, 2015 6:30PM-9:30PM
Where: National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Why: FEA Celebrates its 5th Birthday!

Last year, we had a few scholars attend and share their abroad stories / photos. We would love to see some of you at this important event! Email Olivia if you can attend. 
Darius Carey & Sarahann Yeh, FEA Scholars at the 2014 Annual Reception in DC.
Twenty scholars just completed their summer programs. Check out some blog highlights from scholars recently returned from their summer adventures:
From Leyanis Diaz - Cambodia, Thailand & Vietnam - "A Lifetime of Memories" 

"Upon visiting their villages, it was nothing like I expected. Harry said that the cities we were staying in weren't reality but I also felt like this wasn't reality either. This seemed like a village for the middle class. The houses were big and on stilts. Cooking and hanging out was done downstairs. We arrived and we were treated like royalty. They cooked for us. I was expecting just some rice and some sort of meat platter but they cooked a feast. Not just rice but beef, fish and chicken plates, soup, salad, etc. They even had day beds for after-lunch siestas.

This wasn't reality.

On the way to the village, my student pointed to her old high school and about 10 miles later or so, we were at her house. I was shocked. She went to school, which was very far for her, every single day with no complaints and I dreaded taking the bus to FIU before getting my car or having to walk the seven blocks when I was in high school."
- Leyanis Diaz, Florida International University, Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholar 
Read more from Leyanis' blog  here
From Rocks Zayda - Chile - "Monkey Sanctuary"

"...Some were rescued from the circus, others from laboratories and some came from private  owners that did not know what they were signing up for when they bought these animals and subsequently were unable to give them the care they needed. All of them had one thing in common: they deserved to live free from pain and suffering, and free from exploitation at the hands of humans...

"One of the tasks I was asked to do was to rake leaves next to the enclosure of 2 macaque monkeys. They were super curious about me and what I was doing, and I was captivated by them too! I had to work really hard to not get distracted and actually get some work done next to these squeaky little baby monkeys. On top of all the fun I had today, I also got to practice my Spanish with the other volunteers, many of whom were also vegan. The word 'mono' in Spanish means 'monkey', but it also means 'cute' so I used that word a lot today."
- Rocks Zayda, Portland Community College, PDX Abroad Scholar
Follow Rocks's blog   here
From Arati Warrier - Guatemala - "Guatemalan Slang"

" Here are my favorites!
chillero:[chi- lair-oh]Can be used to say "cool" as in "oh this is really cool!/ es muy chillero!"Or as a response to someoneas in "I went to the market today/Yo fue al mercado hoy" "Cool!/Chillero!"
que mango!:[kay mah-ngo]Can be used when talking about how handsome or pretty someone is!as in "look at this cutie on tv, que mango!"

(Note: Don't use these phrases all willy nilly! They have a clear context and only make sense when speaking Spanish in Guatemala. Using other people's languages to make yourself sound cool is not cute!)"

- Arati Warrier, UT-Austin, Rainbow Scholar
Check out Arati's adventures  here
Interested in study abroad opportunities beyond college?

Want a gap year before pursuing a graduate degree or full time job? Need more time for career exploration? Want to switch careers? Need inspiration and excitement? Consider applying to one or all of the Princeton Fellowship Programs in Asia, Africa, or Latin America (and Caribbean)! 
The non profit organizations help talented and passionate fellows obtain yearlong jobs with educational institutions, local businesses, media organizations, NGOs and multilateral organizations that are engaged in socially responsible development efforts. These programs among the better-known organizations of its kind; the New York Times has characterized it as being similar to programs such as the Japan Exchange and Teaching program, the Peace Corps, and WorldTeach. 
Programs are looking for applicants who are adventurous and adaptable, passionate, and service oriented - just like you! All three programs are open to graduating seniors and young alumni from any college or university accredited in the U.S. 
Click below to access the applications. Applications deadlines vary by program, but are in November!
Our friends at CET Academic Programs and Academic Travel Abroad are looking for qualified candidates for a variety of positions. Check out their postings.
Studying abroad could give you an edge in the job market.

Study abroad experience can set you apart from other applicants and may be a topic of discussion in your interview. 

Here are some tips:
  1. Update your LinkedIn or portfolio. Studying abroad is an experience that is not only valuable personally, but professionally. If your study abroad provider has an alumni group on LinkedIn - join it. It is a great way to network with other alumni in your program. Updating your resume, LinkedIn profile or online portfolio to reflect as such can be important to your job search.
  2. Seek resources from your professors. If you are back on campus, now is a great time to swing by their office hours. Visit your professor's office hour - provide them with update. They will probably be happy to see you and may be able to suggest some career resources in your area of study. Be sure to tell them that you appreciate their support for your study abroad application or scholarship applications. You may have been too caught up in the moment to properly thank them during the application process.
  3. Keep in touch with the contacts you have made overseas. Send emails and/or letters of thanks to your foreign language instructors and professors. They may serve as your reference for a future job. Send your host family holiday postcards. You never know when you may visit the country again for professional reasons.