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Rebecca Murphy

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“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Mary Ritter Beard

Rebecca’s desire to experience the world began as a young child during her first viewing of The Sound of Music. Four languages, 17 countries, and two misadventures to Maria’s Meadow later, Rebecca now fills her time writing and marketing amazing places all over the world. Her travel experiences include studying abroad in Austria and Argentina, as well as backpacking Europe. When not talking up meaningful travel, she can be found playing the piccolo, enjoying the great outdoors of her Vermont home, and planning theme parties.

Articles By Rebecca Murphy

How Long Does it Take to Learn a Language? But Actually? Published 13 Nov 2017

As fabulous as Paz Vega makes it seem in Spanglish, it takes a bit more than listening to a tape, learning dog commands, and succumbing to a budding romance to become fluent in another language. Don’t we all wish it could be that easy!The sand keeps dr...

7 Top Colleges in England for American Study Abroad Students Published 02 Nov 2017

Which universities in England are the best for international students? Does the thought of having a degree from a British university—or a study abroad experience there—make you giddy with excitement? Do you have an empty page in your passport itching w...

The Best French Summer Programs for Budding Francophiles in 2018 Published 16 Oct 2017

Have you always dreamed of strolling through charming, old-world regions with cultured friends? Do you have a fascination with the French language and culture, and wish you could whip out another language from your back pocket without having to think? ...

What Do Interns Do? 9 Cool Internships Abroad Published 03 Oct 2017

You get to be way more hands-on as an intern abroad.“What will I do as an intern abroad?” is truly one of our favorite questions to answer, so we’re glad you stopped by! While many people view internships as sort of a “light” way to get work experience...

6 Opportunities to Study Abroad We Can't Get Enough Of Published 29 Sep 2017

Ask any meaningful traveler...studying abroad makes you legit. From learning new languages and cultures to experiencing every type of adventure under the sun, there is nothing cooler and more beneficial that students can do. Why would anyone ever turn ...

4 German Language Schools That'll Make You Heisse Scheisse Published 26 Sep 2017

Since practically the dawn of time, German has been a language of power, passion, and most importantly: partying. While it’s undoubtedly a difficult language to learn, German speakers have a serious leg up in pretty much any professional setting and so...

Study Abroad Alternatives: The 6 Month Internship Published 20 Sep 2017

As much as we love to deny it, study abroad isn’t for everyone. Between overly-specific graduation requirements, summer vacations filled with part-time jobs, and different personality types needing different things, we get that study abroad isn’t possi...

5 Coolest Places to Study Abroad Published 10 Aug 2017

Thanks to social media like Instagram and Pinterest, it feels like new and awesome places are popping up onto our radar every day. Gone are the days of everyone studying French in France and Spanish in Spain… we’re now in the world of “how extreme can ...

Top 8 Medical Internships Abroad for Undergraduates Published 18 Jul 2017

Where are the Best Undergraduate Medical Internships?Calling all Meredith Grey, Patch Adams, and Dr. House wannabes! Are you an undergraduate pre-med student looking to break into medicine but worried the dreaded “prior experience” requirement? T...

How to Choose the Right Language School Abroad Published 06 Jul 2017

Are you tired of memorizing flashcards and learning outdated phrases to no avail? Do you love studying languages but constantly feel like you’ve plateaued? Are you going to scream if you have to sit through “Frozen” en español one more time? Don’t worr...

Switching Careers? How Getting an MBA Abroad Can Help Published 27 Jun 2017

Solve That “Mid-Career Crisis” with an MBA AbroadWe’ve all seen those articles how this artist became a mega entrepreneur or how that accountant built a fashion empire. If you’re anything like us, you read these pieces and shake your head, wonder...

Is it the Culture Shock Stages? Or is it Depression/Anxiety? Published 23 Jun 2017

Read this piece and other tales mental health and travel in our free downloadable eBook, “Add you viewinger Tips & Tales: Self Care Abroad”Culture shock is the ultimate travel headache. Take the airline losing your luggage, plus your host broth...

How to Avoid Grad School Burnout Abroad Published 02 Jun 2017

Academic and grad school burnout are #TooReal. Every student has felt it before, especially those that like to cram in lots of extracurriculars and extra courses (silly over-achievers…). This probably happens even more so for graduate students abroad, ...

Get Some Green: 6 High School Study Abroad Scholarships Published 31 Jul 2017

Studying abroad in high school is without doubt one of the coolest things a teenager can do. From taking your studies outside of the classroom (and more importantly, your comfort zone) to physically living in a foreign place where you probably don’t sp...

5 Causes to Support as a Volunteer in Malaysia Published 27 Mar 2017

Malaysia is an absolutely stunning country: with its white sandy beaches, lush rainforests, and awesome animal species popping up all over the place (helloooo elephants!), it’s easy to see why so many people visit here. However, areas of Malaysia also ...

6 Best Places to Find Seasonal Jobs Abroad Published 21 Mar 2017

We can all admit it: no one really enjoys sitting in a cubicle at their 9-to-5 day in and day out. Likewise, no student truly enjoys the constant grind of four months of study, work at home, four months of study, work at home. What if there was some wa...

4 Best Countries for Aspiring Polyglots to Learn Multiple Languages Published 18 Jan 2017

You know what’s cooler than being bilingual? Being octolingual. Or decalingual. Or even viginti lingual (that’s 20 languages, in case you lost count). Shoot for the stars here, kids. Becoming a polyglot is well within any person’s reach, and with the r...

Study in South America: Valparaiso vs. Buenos Aires Published 13 Jan 2017

To study Spanish in Argentina or Chile? It’s a tough choice to make! South America is basically the basin of all that is good in the world: stunning natural beauty, unique and lively cultures, a ridiculous amount of foreign languages, and diverse, welc...

6 Best Winter Break Programs for High School Students Published 06 Dec 2016

We all know that winter break is a coveted time in every high school student’s life. Getting to be out of school for two or three weeks, having an excuse to stay in your pajamas all day, and get presents for whatever winter holiday you celebrate is bas...

7 Reasons We All Want to Get Degrees in Germany Published 08 Nov 2016

Smaller than the state of California, Germany has so much more to offer than most people could dream of. Between unique cities with deep histories, rolling countrysides with larger-than-life mountains, and millions of diverse people, there is a lot to ...

5 Unique Jobs for Foreigners in France You Haven’t Heard Of Published 13 Oct 2016

Everyone assumes the work you can find abroad is always the same: teaching English, au pairing, or even more stereotypically, bartending. While these types of positions can provide great international experience and do make up the bulk of available job...

4 Cities to Czech Out for Teaching Jobs Other than Prague Published 12 Oct 2016

There is no doubt that Prague is a truly amazing city. With hundreds of years of power struggles, painful and poetic artistic expression, and stunning architecture, it is no wonder that the Czech capital has become such a popular city. With many famous...

Most Popular Degrees to Earn Abroad Published 20 Sep 2016

There are so many ways, nowadays, to spend meaningful time abroad: studying for a semester, volunteering, backpacking, you name it. All of these are wonderful choices, but what they usually lack are time and integration, and don’t end up being as “life...

8 Things Your Language School Teacher Never Wants to Hear Published 13 Sep 2016

There’s no other way to put it: learning a new language is challenging. It takes years of dedication and practice, periods of total immersion, and an overwhelming amount of flash cards, so we understand that at times it can seem impossible. It’s as eas...

The Dangers of Studying Abroad in High School Published 05 Sep 2016

There are unlimited excuses students use why they shouldn’t study abroad in high school: they’re too young, it’s too expensive, their parents are really strict, or the most popular, they’ll just study abroad in college. All of these are more or l...

6 Times Your Foreign Language Skills Will Save The Day Published 15 Aug 2016

Having foreign language skills often proves to not just be an advantage while abroad, but a necessity. Being able to speak in your host country’s native language creates a stronger connection with peers, host families, and local communities, and it als...

8 Foolproof Ways to Bond with your Fellow Interns Abroad Published 08 Aug 2016

Unlike studying and volunteering abroad, interning abroad can oftentimes feel pretty lonely. It is always difficult to bridge the gap between coworkers and friends, and that’s before you throw in a big dose of culture shock. However, the other interns ...

Is Studying Abroad in High School Right for Me? Published 02 Aug 2016

Yes, yes. A THOUSAND TIMES, YES! Studying abroad is one of the most challenging, eye-opening experiences a student can participate in, and the younger you push yourself outside of your comfort zone, the better. Many high schoolers are hesitant to study...

Why Learning a Language Abroad is the Best Bang for Your Buck Published 28 Jul 2016

It doesn’t take a MBA professor to realize that studying a language abroad is without a doubt the most economical (and fun!) way to learn a foreign language. Immersion creates fast, concrete, and actually interesting language skills, in addition to the...

Vancouver or Toronto: Where Should I Intern Abroad in Canada? Published 06 Jul 2016

Despite Canada’s image as a barren winter wonderland, it is home to many exciting cities that are perfect for students, not just moose, looking to secure an international internship. As two of Canada’s largest cities, many students struggle to choose b...

How to Find Time to Study a Language Abroad Short-Term Published 02 Jun 2016

Language skills are some of the most rewarding and in-demand skills a person can have. It’s no secret, though, that it can take a large time commitment and serious devotion to really become fluent. Digging a little deeper, you often find plenty of reli...

7 Cool Electives to Take While Studying in the Czech Republic  Published 26 May 2016

It’s easy for those studying abroad to feel limited when it comes to class selection, especially in a less mainstream country like the Czech Republic. There is the stigma that study abroad students can only choose between taking language classes and co...

9 Major Faux Pas to Avoid During Your Internship in Argentina Published 25 May 2016

You’ve landed in Argentina for an amazing internship in one of the largest and most diverse countries in the world, ¡felicitaciones! With a population of over 41 million, Argentina boasts some of the most innovative and successful businesses in the wor...

A Guide to Interning Abroad in the Middle East Published 12 May 2016

The Middle East, one of the biggest areas of international and intercultural politics and history, is the newest hotspot for youths looking to jumpstart their careers. Doing an internship in the Middle East will help you go from college student with s...

Studying in Ireland: Dublin vs. Cork Published 20 Apr 2016

Ireland may be a small country, but there are several lively cities and vast differences from coast to coast, not just Dublin and Dublin look-alikes. For students aiming to study in Ireland, it can be daunting to try to select a location when they are ...

A Guide to High School Programs in the Middle East Published 19 Apr 2016

As home to some of the world’s holiest sites, the Middle East stirs up more conversation, conflict, and inspiration than possibly anywhere else on Earth. While many people shy away from visiting this region, it actually presents amazing opportun...

A Guide to French Language Programs Abroad Published 13 Apr 2016

French is one of the world’s most beautiful languages, with people from all over the world and every walk of life breathing new life into it every day. Consistent with its background as a romance language, French is a language of love, and those...

A Guide to German Language Programs Abroad Published 06 Apr 2016

German has always been a language of power. Not only has it been the native language of some of the world’s strongest leaders, but it is also at the core a challenging language to master. But, did you know that German is also a language of roman...

No Filter: The Truth About Clean Water Volunteer Projects Abroad Published 21 Mar 2016

Access to clean water is one of the most basic human needs, as well as one of the largest harms to society. It is estimated that over 7 million people die each year as a result of lack of access to potable water and proper sanitation. Because this is s...

A Guide to Degrees Abroad in the United States Published 14 Mar 2016

For many people around the world, the United States has always been the promised land of opportunity, hope, and freedom. People who come to this enormous country know that their future is defined by their ability to work hard, which is why it has beco...

10 Things Female Travelers are Tired of Hearing Published 07 Mar 2016

It’s no secret that women are strong, beautiful, and overall just plain awesome creatures. Despite this, us ladies don’t always get the respect and treatment that we deserve, especially when it comes to women who actively display their strength and ind...

A Guide to Language Programs in Austria Published 02 Mar 2016

When most people think of the best place to study German, the only place that comes to mind is Germany. Maybe it’s because of the obvious name association, or maybe it’s because many people think Austria is part of Australia, but there are...

A Guide to Degrees Abroad in Argentina Published 26 Feb 2016

One of the most booming educational centers in the Americas, Argentina is rich in boundary-pushers and revolutionaries, and it is guaranteed to force anyone outside of their comfort zone. Despite times of economic and political uncertainty, Argentina ...

A Guide to Studying Foreign Languages Abroad Published 22 Feb 2016

Have you tried to learn a language and something it just doesn’t click with you? Do the words “Rosetta Stone” make you cringe? Are you going to scream if you have to make one more set of vocab flash cards? If you answered &ldqu...

A Guide to Language Programs in South America Published 03 Feb 2016

From the lush and mysterious Amazon to the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, every inch of South America is begging for adventure. The home of pisco, tango, and Shakira, there is no better place to step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Education Published 14 Apr 2015

Education is something that most people in the developed world seriously take for granted. For many students, going to school and doing homework is considered a chore, instead of a luxury. However, access to quality education is a fundamental issue in...