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World Endeavors

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World Endeavors was founded in 2002 with a single volunteer program in Nepal. Today, World Endeavors offers study, volunteer, and intern abroad programs in over thirty countries, with new programs being added each year. We are passionate about international travel and the power it has to change lives, broaden horizons, and deepen intercultural understanding. Are you ready to change your world?

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Founded
2002
Headquarters

3015 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States

Reviews

Daniela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It has been the best experience of my life. I highly recommend it! Going to Thailand helped me grow in so many ways (both personal and professional). People are extremely nice and willing to help you in any way possible. There is so much to do in this amazing country, the food is simply amazing and it has so many beautiful spots to visit. If you have time it is a must to visit koh yao noi and chiang mai you will not regret it.

Lauren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

World Endeavors worked very hard to make sure my experience in Sydney was the best. I always had some readily available in case I had any questions or concerns and I always felt like a top priority. I didn't get the chance to travel abroad in school so this program was the perfect opportunity after I had graduated. I've met friends who will last a life time and memories that I will remember forever. No matter how scary or impossible something like this may feel, it's 100% achievable and World Endeavors is there to help.

What would you improve about this program?
More opportunities to speak with the host family before arrival.
Natalie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had a good time in Argentina, volunteering at Chacras Organization. The coordinator that I worked with from World Endeavors worked with me and my university excellently! The place I lived was fantastic, it felt safe, had places to go and close to transportation. It fit with what I wanted sustainability with Spanish. The taxi ride was set-up to go to the place I was staying at and a laundry machine was in the place which was great!

What would you improve about this program?
recommending places to eat and place to see
Miriam
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've always dreamed to go to Africa. I made my dream come true the 22nd of July 2017.
Thanks to World Endeavors I had the opportunity to choose the right program for me instead of being lost. World Endeavors offers the opportunity to do different kind of activities such taking care of "wild animals" or being a teacher, for example. I was undecided until the end and then I chose to become a teacher for 21 days. It was a great and formative experience. I had the opportunity to challenge some of my fear and to learn the best way to live in difficult situation. Initially, it was hard. It is not easy to adapt to a culture really different from yours but at the end I realized that these difficulties made my a better person and they allowed my to gain some soft skills. I'm sure I'll travel again with World Endeavors... who knows... maybe I'll go to Thailand to cuddle little elephants!

Natalie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I couldn't ask for a better intern experience than the one I received with World Endeavors. If you know anything about physical therapy in the U.S., you are very limited to what you're allowed to do/see in a variety of clinics while doing your shadowing. In Ireland, however, this was not the case! I had the chance to help write patient notes, become familiar with their management software, and participate in their continuing education programs which detailed cutting edge technology and techniques.

Besides my internship being great, the actual country of Ireland was BEAUTIFUL! The internship was flexible enough allowing me to travel throughout Dublin and the whole country of Ireland. Check out my pictures below!

What would you improve about this program?
I specifically asked for pediatric physical therapy, and got placed in a general PT clinic which had virtually no pediatric patients ever. Even though they didn't match my experience up perfectly, I was able to learn so much!

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Shannon Flagg

Why did you decide to intern abroad with World Endeavors in Valencia?

Shannon Flagg - Interning in Valencia Spain

Shannon: This is my story...I had always wanted to learn a foreign language. Yes, in high school, I took classes. I knew the basic, elementary Spanish, but I was never serious about it. In college I had this yearning to really learn Spanish and I wanted to be more competitive with my resume by having a professional internship abroad. I wanted to go somewhere I have never seen, dance to music I couldn't understand, make memories and friends that I would never forget.

I knew the only way I was able to truly accomplish all of that was to emerge myself in their culture. So I did my research. I didn't want to go through my university, SDSU, because I didn't want to be in the typical situation that most students found themselves experiencing when they went abroad, surrounded by Americans, not forced to speak Spanish because all their friends spoke English.

Not me, I didn't want that, I really wanted to learn. I did my research and I found a program called World Endeavors and saw all the student's individual testimonies, spoke with their representatives and enjoyed every conversation and every story. I applied and was accepted. I was going to Spain! However, I didn't know a soul, but I was so excited for the adventure.

What made your internship experience unique and special?

Shannon: What made my internship so unique and special was that I was part of a program that was not affiliated with a university. This program took applicants all over the world. My peers were from other parts of the country, where English was not their primary language. You were not only learning about the Spanish culture but also learning other cultures from all over the world.

My internship was Spanish speaking only. I had to learn Spanish if I was going to work, live, and make friends in the city. I had always wanted to learn but this time it was different; it was vital that I learn in order to survive in the city.

Valencia was very different than most major cities in Spain. They took great pride over their heritage and did not want to compromise that at all. So this meant they did not speak English and they didn't try when you asked. The city was part of the original kingdom of Spain; so, they had managed to preserve its Castle, pillars, cathedrals, etc., it all was breathtaking. Everyone respects their heritage; you never, ever saw profanity or gang expression written on the Chapels, Cathedrals, museums, etc.

How has this experience impacted your future?

Shannon: My experience abroad has profoundly changed my life for the good.

I didn't know a soul when I went to Spain. I couldn't speak a lick of Spanish and I left all whom I love in California and packed my bags and took a chance. I had so much to lose, but it was a risk I was willing to take. I came back not only knowing Spanish, but with heaps of friends and memories that I will never forget.

How it changed me? If I can make it in another country then I can make it anywhere. Knowing that after I graduated from SDSU (San Diego State University) I applied and got accepted for an internship in New York City. I packed my life into two suitcases, I didn't know a soul in New York, but I knew I was going to be okay because I've done it before, in Spain. Now, I've been living in NYC for more than a year and a half. I have an incredible job, in which I do marketing and PR for international corporations. Like Frank Sinatra said, "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere." That is my story.

Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Sydney Jenkins

Job Title
Marketing Assitant
Sydney Jenkins is the Marketing Assistant for World Endeavors. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, her need to travel and explore stems from an academic year spent studying in France. She is thrilled to be working for an organization whose employees share a like-minded view on the importance of international education!

What position do you hold at World Endeavors? What has been your career path so far?

A young girl posing for a picture.

I am the Marketing Assistant here at World Endeavors. After graduating from college, I traveled for about a year and then started searching for work in international education. After a short stint working in international finance at a community college in Seattle, I joined the World Endeavors team. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of such a dynamic team in the field I love!

Did YOU study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Yes! I spent my junior year abroad in Paris, France studying international business and French. I was inspired by older sisters who had traveled abroad during their time in school, and I knew I wanted to study abroad before I even graduated high school.

I will always think of that year in Paris as a pivotal stepping stone in my life, particularly in terms of personal growth and development. It truly did change my life, and led me down the path to pursue a career in international education.

What does the future hold for World Endeavors - any exciting new programs to share?

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In the past year, World Endeavors has launched 20 new programs! We added to existing locations such as Vietnam, but also increased our range with new programs in Israel, Morocco, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and more!

Exciting things are on the horizon for World Endeavors! We are ever-expanding and looking forward to what the future holds here and with international education as a whole.

What about the future of the industry? How do you think study abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?

We are living in an increasingly globalized economy, and that is huge for international education! Students are becoming much more aware of the impact that an international experience will have on their resume and their abilities in the workplace. Those who have developed multicultural awareness are going to be regarded much more highly than the rest.

Ten years from now, my hope is that choosing to study or intern abroad will be the norm, not the exception. We will continue to see an increase in options for fields such as STEM majors and other degrees that currently find it difficult to study abroad.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

Beautiful scenery

There is so much heart here at World Endeavors, and I believe that’s obvious from the first moment of contact with any of our employees. Each of us has spent time abroad, and those experiences have made us incredibly passionate about what we are doing.

We’re really proud of our programs and our participants. All of our intern and volunteer programs are completely customizable. We don’t have projects set aside, which means everything is unique and personalized to each individual participant. We take into account an applicant’s interests, skills, and goals for his or her program and work to find the best, most applicable placement.

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