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Kaylan Reid Shipanga

Kaylan Reid Shipanga

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” - Neale Donald Walsch

Kaylan is the founder and editor-in-chief of African American in Africa, a collective founded on the need for amplified perspectives of black travelers and expats across the African continent. A Howard University journalism graduate, Kaylan has worked in media in the U.S. and Namibia. She chronicles her experiences of living abroad in Namibia on her website and Youtube channel "Afro American in Africa."

Articles By Kaylan Reid Shipanga

How to Compare Volunteer Abroad Programs and Providers Published 19 Apr 2018

Your BFF has been raving her epic year volunteering in Namibia. Now, you’re totally sold and ready to sign up too. Okay, pause! Before you make such a huge decision, compare a few more volunteer abroad programs first. Maybe Namibia isn’t one of t...

How to Figure Out What’s Included in Your Study Abroad Fees Published 06 Apr 2018

Breaking down the cost to study abroadExotic foreign locations, hip university scenes… There’s a lot to be geeked when you decide to study abroad. In the midst of all the excitement here’s one thing you’ve got to be clear on—your study abroad pro...

How to Stay Safe While Attending Language Schools Abroad Published 28 Mar 2018

Toying with the idea of learning a second language abroad? Brace yourself. It’s gonna be one of your most epic experiences yet! You’re to sharpen your skills while galavanting in some cool overseas locale. Now, you might have some travel abroad w...

8 Internships in Africa That are Worth Your Time, Money, & Energy Published 06 Mar 2018

How does a sprinkling of excitement with a dash of African travel on your resume sound? If you’re ready for a taste, apply to an internship in Africa! Looking to get more experience in women’s health, entrepreneurship, journalism, environmentalism, or ...

8 Top Universities in South Africa for International Students Published 26 Feb 2018

Which universities in South Africa are the best for international students? Gone are the days when study abroad programs meant sticking to the West. Nowadays, you can revolutionize your education just anywhere in the world. That’s why South Afric...

9 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Africa Published 23 Feb 2018

You: “I want to move to Africa!” Us: “Know these things first…” In 2010, I hopped on a plane and left The Big Apple—I was moving to Africa. After 17 hours in the air, I landed in Namibia for a year of teaching English abroad. Seven years later, I’m sti...

7 Inside Tips Before You Volunteer in South Africa Published 22 Feb 2018

Epic nightlife. Rich heritage. Braai meat straight from the heavens. That’s just scratchin’ the surface of why South Africa should be your next volunteer project locale. Look deeper and you’ll discover a nation working to free itself from the grips of ...

What to Do During Your Gap Year Published 19 Feb 2018

Help! I can’t decide what to do in a gap year!You’ve just made the decision of a lifetime—a gap year! Exciting stuff, pal. Now, you’re probably bubbling over with some mixture of butterflies and excitement. And, you likely have a bazillion and one gap ...

The Who, What, When, Where, & Why of Study Abroad in Africa Published 15 Feb 2018

Afrobeat music. Powerful lectures. And afternoons visiting epic African heritage sites. Are you a student feeling pulled to life on the African continent? Follow that voice because when Africa calls you don’t ignore her! Studying abroad in Africa means...

A Guide to Gap Year in Italy Published 01 Feb 2018

“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.” Remember studying Shakespeare in high school lit class? Now imagine visiting Juliet’s home in real time. Do a gap year in Italy and you can actually make it...

A Guide to Gap Year in Egypt Published 24 Jan 2018

Picture yourself drifting down the river Nile or riding camelback under the warm haze of a Sahara sunset. And was “The Mummy Returns” one of your fave flicks? Then how cool would it be to actually explore the winding tombs of ancient phara...

A Guide to Gap Year in Nepal Published 24 Jan 2018

Snow-capped mountains, jungle safaris, and getting your zen on in world renowned spirituality centers. A gap year in Nepal will take you from the highs of the Himalayas to the floors of hot yoga studios in Kathmandu. Spend a year in Nepal to cleanse y...

Gap Semester Programs: Because a Year Away Sounds Too Hard Published 18 Dec 2017

Not quite ready for the YEAR in gap year but still wanna sprinkle some meaningful travel into your life? No prob! You can go away for just a semester and still have a ball. See, gap year semester programs are so flexible, you can squeeze one into your ...

A Guide to Christian Based Gap Year Published 04 Dec 2017

As the congregation shouts out a collective “Aaamen!”, you reflect on the moving message pastor gave: service, humility, and walking in faith. You’re left feeling pulled beyond the pews and into deeper service. “How can I reall...

How to Cover Your Gap Year Cost Published 24 Nov 2017

Thinking of hitting the road to get some gap year traveling on? Hold your horses! Before you take off running you’ll need to make sure you’ve got enough dough stacked up. Now if you’re a trustfund baby, you’re pretty much covered (lucky you!). But if y...

A Guide to Medical Gap Year Published 20 Nov 2017

What’s one of the best kept secrets to excelling in the field of medicine? Hint: it’s way cooler than grabbing an espresso from your local coffee shop and running down to the university health clinic in your scrubs. Think foreign travel, h...

A Guide to Taking Gap Year Journalism Abroad Published 15 Nov 2017

Deadlines. Breaking news. Reporting from exotic locales... If news coverage and storytelling lights a spark in your soul and you’re ready to globalize your skills, what better way to develop your career than by doing a gap year journalism progra...

A Guide to Gap Year Volunteering Published 14 Nov 2017

Does your last year of high school or college have you feeling as worn out as your old gym socks? Sounds like you need a breather from all things university life—leaving all of your stresses behind for gap year volunteering could be just the fix...

A Guide to Taking a Gap Year Published 09 Nov 2017

Looking for the perfect combo of globetrotting and enlightenment? Take a gap year! A year off between high school and college is a healthy break from monotonous school life. And a gap year after college can give you time to figure out life when you&rs...

Help Me Plan My Gap Year! Pretty Please? Published 30 Oct 2017

Whizzing down the slopes of the Alps... snorkeling through the waters off Indonesia… You’ve decided that taking a gap year in some far out locale is the fix your life needs. And while you’re wired time off overseas, you’re feeling fuzzy act...

Why Take a Gap Year Published 27 Oct 2017

Have you been wondering if gap years really live up to all the hype? Feeling a little fuzzy exactly what the advantages of taking gap year are? Sounds like you need a little pep talk before you spend your coins on world travel. First, you’re on t...

Volunteer in Africa: The ULTIMATE Guide Published 04 Sep 2017

So, you think you can volunteer in Africa?Sitting mighty between the shores of the Atlantic and Indian oceans, Africa is a continent rife with incredible diversity. The 54 nations that make up Africa each boast their own tribes, wildlife, music, innova...