I recently picked up a copy of Transitions Abroad magazine from the travel section at a Barnes and Noble. When it comes to magazines, I'm normally sold on a full subscription, or I don't get it at all. After flipping through some pages of this one though, I realized there was a potential wealth of info I couldn't leave without. It retails for $4.95 per issue, or $19.95 for a year's subscription (6 months).
It turns out the May-June 2007 issue is focused on language studies. Almost all of the advertising is for volunteer, educational, and language programs abroad. Articles are written by people who have “been there, done that.” I still have quite a ways to go, however I just wrapped up an inspirational 2-page story about an American couple that decided to move to Italy and live like Italians for a year. Good news – they succeeded!
A few article titles to wet your appetite:
- p. 46 – Why Not Paraguay?
- p. 50 – Experience Bolivia's Biodiversity
- p. 66 – Private English Tutoring in Rio
I am not seriously looking into volunteer or working opportunities abroad, though the idea of making some money tutoring English in Brazil certainly sounds appealing! A living wage for a month or two would allow me to more deeply experience the culture. Alas, I suffer from a cross between laziness and lack of commitment. We'll see what the road holds soon enough!