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Julia Kitlinski Hong

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"We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls." -Anais Nin

Julia recently graduated with a master’s in intercultural relations from Lesley University in Boston and moved back to her beloved Bay Area. During college, she fell in love with long term travel after spending a semester in Krakow, Poland. She has also spent time in Izmir, Turkey, teaching English and eating her weight in Turkish breakfasts. Julia prefers to travel through taste, learning a country’s culture through its culinary highlights.

Articles By Julia Kitlinski Hong

7 Steps to Becoming an Effective Volunteer in East Africa Published 03 Aug 2017

Becoming a volunteer in East Africa is an experience that can be mutually beneficial to both volunteers and the local community, if done correctly. It is critical to be aware of organizations that are in it for the monetary gains of the increasingly po...

The Where, When, Why, and How of Cool Languages to Learn Published 15 Jun 2016

Learning a less common language for you is like being part of a secret club. When you meet other members you exchange words that to people on the outside seems like a code to crack. For a linguistic enthusiast like yourself, spending the better half of...

25 Surprising International Jobs for Americans Published 09 Jun 2016

American culture has you go-go-going all the time. You work hard and (if you have the time and energy at the end of the day) you play hard. You might be burnt out. You might be spending more time daydreaming and looking out your office window than you ...

Sea Turtle Volunteers: What to Know Before You Go Published 20 May 2016

Learn the in's & outs of sea turtle conservationFinding Nemo’s spacey surfer dude portrayals aside, sea turtles are no duds. These magnificent sea creatures are crucial contributors to the ocean’s ecosystems; they may seem small, but they are mighty. T...

How to Volunteer with Buddhist Monks Published 04 May 2016

Imagine volunteering in a school where every morning, prayers and meditation follow right after the daily announcements. Your students don bright orange robes instead of the universal navy or tan school uniforms. Everywhere you look is decorated with t...

Short Term TEFL Jobs vs. Longer Ones Published 17 Mar 2016

The moment you have been waiting for has finally come. After hours of memorizing confusing grammar rules and learning to teach in front of a class without butterflies, you are ready to share your newly minted skills with the world. Except there is one ...

How to Study in China in English Published 08 Mar 2016

Rumor has it that you are thinking studying in China, you, my friend, have made a wise decision. As a major influencer in international affairs and global economics, this country is an invaluable place to study in. On top of that, there is a dive...

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Teaching English in Spain  Published 22 Feb 2016

Signing up for a teaching program in Spain can be an immensely rewarding experience, but only with the right amount of careful planning and diligent research. All the different teaching options can be overwhelming to consider, from signing up with the ...

8 Pitfalls to be Aware of Before Teaching English in Turkey Published 26 Jan 2016

After months of anticipation, you finally feel ready for your new teaching job in Turkey. You bought your plane ticket, you have Turkish phrases, like please, thank you, and where is the toilet?, on the tip of your tongue, you’re drooling in anticipati...

Want to Learn a Language Abroad? Here's the Dirty Truth Published 12 Jan 2016

Do you have dreams of effortlessly learning Spanish over paella with locals in Madrid or envision yourself easily conversing in French once you move to Biarritz? Le sigh, if only it were that easy. In reality, language learning requires hundreds of ho...