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February 25, 2011 / Brent Sears

Looking for Adventurers

A student stumped me about three months ago with a simple problem.  She wanted to go to El Salvador, but there was no programs available through her school or the rest of the State University of New York study abroad system.

A new program could be created, but that is a ton of work for the benefit of one student, so I told her in an email that she was kind of out of luck.

I went to bed thinking about it, and in the morning woke up with the answer.  Why not enroll in an online school for a semester here in the USA, find an organization in El Salvador looking for volunteers, and move to El Salvador?

This idea totally blew my mind.  You don’t need to be in the USA to get a college degree from a US institution.  It doesn’t matter where you are on the globe.  If you are a full time student you are still eligable for financial aid, and in places like El Salvador, the cost of living is less than most places in the USA.  Four months there may be cheaper than living here!

So here is the deal.  I am looking for academic adventures who are interested in doing something like this.  It is very similar to study abroad, but there are a few details that you will have to take care of yourself.  I know the process of moving to another country for a semester, and I will gladly help with the research and the planning simply to see if this is possible.

What’s in it for me?  I get to figure out a new model for education and connect with the AWESOME people who dare to try it.  Someone who dares to do this is someone I want to know!

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