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Laura Jelich

Laura Jelich

"Wherever you are, be all there." - Jim Elliot

A proud Wisconsin-native, Laura has been calling the mountains of Colorado home since 2014. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in 2013 with a communication major and minors in nutrition and psychology. Laura has volunteer abroad in Costa Rica, interned abroad in Germany, and spent time exploring various Central American and European destinations. In addition to writing for GoAbroad, she is currently tending bar and fostering shelter dogs while figuring out her next endeavor.

Articles By Laura Jelich

Laying Down the Law: Criminal Justice Internships Abroad Published 23 Mar 2017

What can I do with my criminal justice degree?OBJECTION! Overruled. May I approach the bench, your honor? Stop practicing in the mirror every morning and start laying down the law. Criminal justice is a broad area of expertise that benefits greatly fro...

A Guide to High School Programs Abroad in Brazil Published 21 Feb 2017

Students that choose to join high school programs in Brazil will thrive in the country’s infinite energy and the local zest for life. Festivals, dancing, sports, and museums are just a few of the endless attractions Brazil hosts, not to mention ...

A Guide to High School Programs Abroad in Argentina Published 17 Feb 2017

Obvious European influences fuse with a vibrant Latin American edge to create the nation of Argentina. With some of the most hospitable people in the world, who take pride in their culture and traditions, Argentina boasts first-rate museums, galleries...

Should I Study Abroad in Australia or New Zealand? Published 30 Jan 2017

Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity which can further your career, broaden your horizons and become a life-changing experience. Choosing a study abroad destination, however, can be a difficult and overwhelming process. Though Australia or New ...

12 Up & Coming Places for High School Summer Travel Programs Published 21 Nov 2016

Studying abroad and engaging in meaningful travel opportunities is by no means just for college kids. Afterall, why should adventurous teens seeking to make a difference in the world and expand their own horizons have to wait until they reach univers...

11 Amazing Countries for Marketing Internships Abroad Published 11 Oct 2016

If you count leads instead of sheep before drifting off into sweet dreams of CRMs, cookies, and drip campaigns, then you’ve probably already applied for a few marketing internships abroad. At the very least, you’ve dreamt it. If all of this is gi...

6 Places with English Teacher Positions for Noodle Lovers Published 05 Oct 2016

Teaching abroad is without a doubt a life-changing experience. It will broaden your network, boost your resume, provide stories for years to come, and open your life up to new experiences and opportunities for growth like nothing else can. Noodles are ...

5 Places Where You’ll Earn the Big Bucks Teaching English Abroad Published 27 Sep 2016

Who says you can’t make money teaching English abroad? While it's true that there are many travelers who choose to teach on the side as a way to wisely cover their wanderlust expenses, there is, in reality, a full spectrum of people teaching English ab...

4 Common Work Abroad Scams & 10 Ways to Avoid Them Published 07 Sep 2016

Working abroad is pretty much the dream. After all, there isn’t a much better situation than getting paid to live abroad! However, it is unfortunately becoming increasingly easy and common for scammers to take advantage of eager, unsuspecting applicant...

Paid Internships Abroad: Everything You Need (and Want) to Know Published 21 Jul 2016

If it seems like one question after another suddenly surfaces when you first start looking into paid internships abroad, but fear not. With such a large pool of international internship prospects, in which paid ones seem so few and far between, it can ...

7 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a High School Program Abroad Published 08 Jul 2016

You’ve been a Dora the Explorer kid since you could crawl, and now that you’ve hit your teen years you’re ready to vamos and do some adventuring yourself. You’re not interested in another run-of-the-mill summer or lackluster semester. You want to study...

The Do's & Don't's of Working in Germany Published 28 Jun 2016

Working in Germany promises to be a valuable learning experience, resume booster, networking tool, and life-lesson in what it means to be a true professional. Get ready to become the most efficient, detail-oriented, proper, and direct version of yourse...

Are Unpaid Internships Abroad Worth It?   Published 17 Jun 2016

The question is, are unpaid internships for international students worth it? Yes! No...maybe? The answer is that it depends. Everyone’s situation is unique, but there are a few stars that need to aline in order to justify unpaid internships abroad, an...

6 Resume Tips to Help You Snag That International Internship Published 23 May 2016

Experience seems to be the buzzword in today’s job market. Young professionals entering the workforce are discovering the ever-increasing importance of internships to not only build their real world professional skills, but also to meet the qualificati...

Languages That Will Get You HIRED & Where You Should Learn Them Published 31 Jul 2017

Thanks to our increasingly global economy, foreign language skills are not only an incredible asset in obtaining a job, but may even be deemed a necessity in certain fields. Countless sources constantly debate which are the best and most valuable...

How to HAGS (Have a Great Summer): Study Abroad Published 13 Apr 2016

You did it, another year is nearly in the books. It’s almost time for every student’s favorite time of the school year: summer vacation. Excitement is tangible as the final days of the semester wind down. School work is replaced with talk of pool parti...

Can You Quit an Internship Abroad? Published 04 Apr 2016

Here's why you might need a new perspective, not a new internship. Do your lousy international internship days consist of more bug bites than suntans, more time spent in an office than out exploring, and more waiting around than you’d even like to admi...

French Internships: Do I Need to Speak French to Intern in France? Published 23 Mar 2016

With a reputation for strong work ethic, stellar pro-employee benefits, and a special emphasis on the work experience “stage,”  it’s no secret that France has much to offer international interns. So, while your internship destination may have been an e...

What to Do When You Have Unlucky Travels Published 14 Mar 2016

It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Everyone has a wee bit of bad luck from time to time; travel problems can’t always be checked at customs. Anyone spending any amount of time abroad will inevitably come across some unlucky travel situatio...

How to Move from Intern to Full Time Employee Abroad Published 25 Feb 2016

Tried & true tips to get a job offer after your internship abroadInternships are a mutually beneficial agreement between existing companies and those entering the workforce. It allows young professionals to gain invaluable real-life experience and netw...

4 Best Cities for German Language Programs Published 04 Feb 2016

So you’ve decided you want to sign up for German language programs—you’ve made a great decision! Not only is German the 10th most spoken native language in the world, a number that ranks even higher when including non-native speakers, but it is the mos...

The Best One Week Volunteer Abroad Advice You Never Hear Published 28 Jan 2016

So you want to volunteer abroad, but can only swing a week-long stint. First of all, congratulations! You are to embark on potentially the most stimulating, life-changing one week volunteer abroad experience of your life. While it’s no secret tha...

7 Add you viewing Resolutions for the New Year Published 04 Jan 2016

Each new year yields as naturally and inevitably to its corresponding resolutions as a Twitter post does to a compulsive throng of hashtags. One simply isn’t complete without the other. So this year, as you vow to slim your waistline and expand your ho...

10 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad in Peru Published 17 Dec 2015

Resting atop South America’s western shoulder, to study abroad in Peru is to enjoy a former Spanish colony turned ethnic melting pot; it is a place where international students can enjoy cultural influences from Amerindians, Mestizo, Chinese, Japanese,...

3 Steps to Adding Volunteer Experience Abroad to Your Resume Published 05 Nov 2015

Like commercials for Geico on YouTube, college students and young professionals these days cannot avoid constant reminders “the importance of resume building activities.” Whether it’s through volunteering, scoring competitive internships, or gett...

A Guide to High School Programs in Western Europe Published 04 Nov 2015

The countries of Western Europe feature an all-around global vibe utilizing only the finest ingredients to create modern cities, an artistic culture, and dining to die for. Though more expensive than most alternative high school program destinations, ...

A Guide to High School Programs Abroad in South America Published 02 Nov 2015

The twelve countries of South America present an invaluable opportunity for high school students to appreciate and embrace another culture amid vibrant and hospitable locals. Though the entire region boasts a proud heritage, passion for rhythm, and nu...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in the Caribbean Published 01 Sep 2015

Dreamy beaches, exotic landscapes, and a tropical climate lure countless visitors to the Caribbean region, and volunteers that choose these magical islands as their meaningful travel destination are no less charmed. With a vast range of volunteer proj...

12 Things to Know Before Becoming a Guatemala Volunteer Published 26 May 2015

Guatemala is one of the most-visited, least developed countries in Central America. With under two percent of its landmass urbanized and a large indigenous population, Guatemala remains a predominantly pristine mountainous landscape and is home to some...

Should I Study Abroad in Peru or Chile? Published 21 May 2015

There are many reasons to choose Peru or Chile for your study abroad program. Students may be seeking to improve their Spanish fluency, get a quality education, or simply rejuvenate their spirit in a land where quality is valued over quantity, and peop...

Crikey! Top 4 Subjects for Study Abroad Sydney Published 14 May 2015

Some of the friendliest people worldwide, over 100 beaches, nearly 300 days of sunshine, a “no worries mate” laid-back vibe, and an abundance of adrenaline-inducing activities, these are just a few of the reasons thousands of students choose to study a...

Top 5 Projects for Every Iceland Volunteer Published 18 Jun 2017

Icelanders are a creative and close-knit bunch, living on a land that boasts the largest glacier in Europe, the beautiful Aurora Borealis, numerous formidable volcanoes, and yes, surprisingly mild temperatures. No matter how you choose to volunteer abr...

10 Types of Animal Volunteer Opportunities Abroad Published 23 Apr 2015

How and where can I volunteer to help animals?Animals come in all shapes and sizes, yet they all somehow manage to steal our hearts in one way or another. Whether it’s your chosen career to work with animals or simply a personal passion, volunteering a...

Top Countries to Study Communications Abroad Published 14 Jun 2017

Where should communications majors study abroad?Communications is an extremely broad area of study, applicable to an extensive array of professional careers, including but not limited to, mass media, education, social service, business, and government ...

10 Things to Know Before Becoming a Costa Rica Volunteer Published 24 Mar 2015

As the eco and adventure-tourism capital of Central America, choosing to volunteer in Costa Rica will be a decision you won’t regret. Beating out its six neighbors for the titles of most peaceful and highest literacy rate in all of Central America, not...

Should I Study Abroad in Barcelona or Madrid? Published 18 Mar 2015

Though located in the same country, a mere six hour car ride apart (or half the time by high-speed rail), Barcelona and Madrid each offer study abroad students in Spain unique academic strengths, distinct personalities, and different spoken languages. ...

Study Spanish Abroad: Spain, Costa Rica, or Argentina? Published 04 Mar 2015

Studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country puts students on the fast-track for language immersion, however, not all Spanish-speaking countries are created equal. So before spinning the globe and picking a spot for your Spanish study abroad, do your ...

How to Volunteer Abroad Sustainably Published 17 Feb 2015

While volunteering abroad is meant to provide the opportunity to benefit and become immersed in a whole new culture, volunteers should be aware of what their own personal impact is and the ability they have to influence whether it is positive or negati...