You know what it’s like to arrive in a new country and feel lost, or to try and communicate with someone without speaking their language, or to try to use a new product without understanding the instructions, or to misunderstand foreign paperwork – imagine how useful it would be to have a middle man who understands what you’re going through and can make it easier for you. As someone who knows and appreciates two languages and two cultures, you can act as a bridge between them for people. You can help them to buy a house abroad, communicate with foreign tradesmen, visit cultural sites, organise a wedding abroad or negotiate business dealings, and you are in a unique position to do so. Here's an interview with James Martin, Founder of All Abroad.
Your year abroad gives you a unique opportunity to travel. You can take advantage of extensive university holidays and cheap student travel deals to explore your new destination and the surrounding cities and countries. Your experience travelling will open your eyes to other cultures and may even spark a business idea. Here is an interview with Dominic Eden, the Founder of Gadabouting, a luxury travel inspiration service that connects you to specialist travel agencies and high-end hotels, so you can plan your trip with all their expertise.
Dominic studied Spanish and English Literature at the University of Leeds, and spent his year abroad working in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. He is now a teacher at Spanish Boot Camp, and founder of Spanish Gap Year.
Complete linguistic immersion on your year abroad can turn a language barrier into one of your biggest advantages. Being fluent in a foreign language has innumerable benefits in both your personal and professional life. If you discover you have an aptitude for and enjoy language learning, it’s worth considering an entrepreneurial career that takes advantage of your language skills, such as starting up a language school, a tourism agency or a translating and interpreting business. Here is an interview with Claire Lucia Grant, Founder of Claire L Grant Language Services.
We know that we’ve kept you waiting but we can announce that our site is now live. You can see a sneak peek below but why not just click on the site yourselves! We mentioned our survey winner in the last post and undertaking this market researche helped us not only to identify who our key customers will be, but also the price they are willing to pay.
Having studied abroad, Mikhaëlle is now helping to start-up Voodiz, a platform for accommodation rental between students. We ask her some questions about her startup experience, how the platform works and its benefits for year abroad students.