At Career Options, we believe that international travel is an invaluable learning experience that every student should consider. Whether it’s an exchange through your school, or a volunteer trip, or even a whole degree or diploma, international experience comes with countless benefits and skills that you’ll always take with you.

Learning a new language can be difficult, especially when you don’t live in a part of the world where it’s spoken. Travelling to a country that speaks the language and immersing yourself in the culture makes it much, much easier to master it. And language is just one of the skills you can add to your resumé. You will also gain perspective and understand new cultures; experience new viewpoints and ideas; adapt to a different cultural environment; interact with students from diverse backgrounds; and learn to communicate with people from other cultures.

Our student writers have travelled around the world—from New Zealand to the Caribbean to Kenya—and share their experiences in our international features.