From a coffee café in Bosnia to the top of sand dunes in the Gobi Desert, study abroad is an opportunity to not only experience the world but to be an active member of a global community as well. This form of travel is an investment in a developing workforce travelling to pursue educational, cultural, and professional experiences that build relationships of mutual understanding and work to better the world for future generations. Travel bloggers are invited to be a part of this investment by educating our young, diverse populations on the benefits of studying abroad and travelling the world through international exchanges.
The White House recently hosted a summit for travel bloggers, which revealed a trend of low participation by young Americans in study abroad. Among other challenges, U.S. students and parents, faculty, and education administrators need more resources to help them navigate the complex process to study or intern abroad. The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has created a new U.S. Study Abroad office to combat these trends. The summit also acknowledged the influential role travel bloggers and digital media outlets possess to further encourage youth to turn travel into study, volunteer, and work experiences.
Let’s work together to significantly increase the number and diversity of young people participating in these opportunities. Through study abroad, we can create the most capable, connected, and competitive workforce in the world. To learn more about how you can get involved, please view the summit video below and explore the Exchanges website.