How to Quit Your Job in the Middle of the Night and Other Life Lessons – Interview with Bruce Jones, International TEFL Academy

How to Quit Your Job in the Middle of the Night and Other Life Lessons – Interview with Bruce Jones, International TEFL Academy

Hey, hey IE rock stars! Today I have a crazy/fun/chatty interview with Bruce Jones, the President and Founder of International TEFL Academy. If you learn just one thing from this interview it will be that Bruce is all about the FUN! And I have no doubt he'd be great to work for if you're wanting to launch a career in international education. *hint hint, wink wink* Like me, Bruce was a small-town, midwestern kid who hadn't seen any of the world until he took off to backpack around Europe after college. All of you…continue reading →
Where Are the Feisty Women of International Education? – Interview with Samantha Cooper

Where Are the Feisty Women of International Education? – Interview with Samantha Cooper

You know what I love most about Sam Cooper? She's a visionary and she takes risks even when there's a chance she'll ruffle some feathers or push our standard boundaries. I also love that she hired me with very little professional experience and encouraged even my most off the wall ideas. Because of her, I kept thinking big, kept pushing my own boundaries, and kept taking risks. Enjoy the interview below!   If you don't know Sam, well, you're missing out. Not only is she an incredibly intelligent and creative International Educator, but…continue reading →
Escaping the Corporate Jungle for a Career in International Travel with Mitch Gordon of GoOverseas.com

Escaping the Corporate Jungle for a Career in International Travel with Mitch Gordon of GoOverseas.com

Psst: Despite a perfect audio capture of this interview, there are a few spots where we look like we're doing a very terrible attempt at the robot dance sensation of the 80s. Feel free to mock our silly faces. ;)  ## One of the most terrifying things I've ever done is leave a great job and a secure, comfortable living to break out on my own and start my own company. There's a never-ending learning curve. And it's a journey that, no matter how many people tell you, you don't understand how hard…continue reading →
Crossing Cultures and the Truth About Study Abroad in Barcelona with Rich Kurtzman

Crossing Cultures and the Truth About Study Abroad in Barcelona with Rich Kurtzman

Today, I'm talking with Rich Kurtzman, the Director of Barcelona Study Abroad Experience, a boutique study abroad program based in the heart of one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. Rich is an extremely fun and intelligent guy and one of my favorite things about him is his ability to deliver an epic rendition of Baby Got Back (wow, I wish I had video of that!) and also have a deep conversation about politics and government spending. Classic renaissance man! It's Wednesday, but we're going to pretend it's #ThrowbackThursday. If I'm going for…continue reading →
Innovation, Typhoons, and Beards – Interview with Troy Peden of GoAbroad.com

Innovation, Typhoons, and Beards – Interview with Troy Peden of GoAbroad.com

Aaaaaand I'm back with another interview with a long-time rock star in international education and student travel, Troy Peden. A little over 15 years ago, Troy and some students had this crazy idea to put volunteer and study abroad listing up on the internet. Today, we have the mammoth of a site, GoAbroad.com. For those of you who don't know, I worked with Troy at GoAbroad for three years and together we were able to accomplish a lot and grow the organization to crazy new heights in reach, strategy, and growth. It's been…continue reading →