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 nearly a year since I left my position running GA and I thought it was a perfect time to check in with the founder himself, learn about the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the GoAbroad Philippines office, and share Troy's own path to a career in international education.

Tweet: If you don't believe in it, you'll run out of motivation fast. You have to love it. - @troypeden http://ctt.ec/_RO0E+ via @InStudyAbroad

A follow-up quote from Troy:

"I hope your audience isn't scared away by my ZZ Top beard."

Don't you worry, Troy. Beards are the new cool thing - especally here in the bearded wonderland of Colorado.

As promised, here are several links to different sites and projects we talked about in the show.

  • Buggl.com - Crowd-sourced travel guides created by locals and experts around the world. You can add your own!
  • Typhoon Haiyan relief - The official "Causes" campaign has expired, but you can donate to this cause or any of the other GoAbroad Foundation projects here
  • Volunteer for the Visyans - This was the original NGO in the Philippines that Troy talked about launching. It's grown into a fully self-funded, locally run organization that serves the needs of the local Tacloban and Visyans area communities and provides volunteer opportunities for anyone looking to make a difference.
  • GoAbroad HQ - Lead management system
  • GoAbroad.com - And of course, if you're looking for your own adventure abroad, check out the thousands of listings over at GoAbroad.
  • Study Abroad Fairs calendar - It's a little dated but it still works!

Did you like this interview? Please let us know in the comments and ask Troy and I your questions about GoAbroad, typhoon relief, careers in international education, and of course, beards.

Thank you so much for watching and sharing your thoughts in the comments below...

Now get out there and get after that global life!

Cheers,

Brooke