Getting Ready for the First-Ever Virtual Study Abroad Fair

Join HI USA on Your Laptop

A first-ever Virtual Study Abroad Fair is being held this Wednesday February 25th, and HI-USA is participating along with a host of other leading international exchange nonprofits and educational institutions.  The eight-hour program of live presentations and exhibitor chats will be available to U.S. college and high school students across the country through their laptops.

Study abroad and independent travel always have seemed closely linked to me, probably because my own big European trip came as a result of studying abroad in England. When I received a job sabbatical to enroll in business coursework at Oxford University, I took the opportunity to add four months of travel. The whole experience was an education in every sense of the word – it led me to re-think my own priorities when I returned home. To make the story short, I left my finance career for good, and enlisted in hostelling first as a volunteer and then as a profession!

That’s not to say the initial decision to spend extended time abroad is necessarily an easy one.   Cost, time and commitments can make the idea seem out of the question, at least initially.  

The Virtual Study Abroad Fair smartly uses technology to reopen the conversation and  widen the audience; it gives anyone with even a passing interest the opportunity to flip open their laptop and more fully consider the possibilities.

And the resources available through this virtual event are impressive. With the Institute for International Education and the US State Department as sponsors, the event’s wide reach has attracted a strong lineup of presenters and exhibitors. More than 50  universities, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are exhibitors (including HI USA), and live presentations are being delivered by some of the top leaders in their field. It’s all possible because CollegeWeekLive is powering the event with a technology platform that is one of the most advanced in the business.

HI USA is glad to deliver one of the several keynote addresses for the event. It’s a wonderful match for us, since  we give Americans who volunteer or stay at our hostels exposure to other cultures; with more than 60 percent of our guests coming from overseas, American 20-somethings can use our hostels to get a taste of other cultures while at home, inspiring them to travel or study abroad.  And our hostels annually host thousands of study abroad participants from other countries who want to learn more about America by traveling it on their own.

HI USA delivers memorable experiences at the intersection of study abroad and travel.   Participate in the first-ever Virtual Study Abroad Fair to learn more.   Register today!

By | 2015-04-22T10:15:33+00:00 February 24th, 2015|Around the World|0 Comments

About the Author:

Since 2000, Russ has been the CEO of Hostelling International USA (HI USA), a nonprofit, member organization founded on an enduring belief in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around. The HI USA hostel network is consistently recognized as one of the best in world by the International Youth Hostel Federation and by independent rating agencies. Russ has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences on topics ranging from experiential education to nonprofit management. Russ serves on the Boards of the UNWTO, US Travel Association, and WYSTC.

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