Cape Town Students at Boulders Beach

Studying abroad is just the beginning…

We love staying in touch with our family for years to come. Over the past eight years, we have had the opportunity to intersect with over 1,600 incredible individuals who are now doing amazing things. Each day we hear a new story about the contributions our family is making in the world. Whether your passion is to make a difference in South America or build a career in corporate America, we hope to stay in touch and support your adventures. There’s many ways to connect with the LeadAbroad team:

Got a killer internship? Moving to a new city at home or abroad? Crushing it in grad school? We would love to know what you are up to these days! Fill out this simple form so that we can stay connected to your adventures.

Applying for a new job or internship or heading to grad school? Let us help. We write plenty of recommendation and referral letters each year and we love helping you achieve your personal and professional goals. In order to equip us to write a great letter, please take the time to fill out this form. It will give us the necessary information to help you reach your goals! Request a recommendation letter here. 

Meet up with the LeadAbroad team for a sunrise hike on the Beltline, networking breakfast or happy hour! Details to come via LeadAbroad Facebook events.

Know a friend who would like to join us abroad in Cape Town, Greece, Rome, Barcelona, London or Costa Rica this summer? We would love to chat with them. Fill out their contact information here and we will get in touch to see how we can help.

“I knew from my past summer experiences that the staff would go above and beyond in helping me succeed. Joanna, my program director, supplied me with a fantastic recommendation that I have been able to present to multiple employers. In the end, Joanna’s recommendation ultimately helped me further my career goals. “

– Jake Politte, LEAD Cape Town 2014 and DIRECT Cape Town 2015

“I knew from my past summer experiences that the staff would go above and beyond in helping me succeed. Joanna, my program director, supplied me with a fantastic recommendation that I have been able to present to multiple employers. In the end, Joanna’s recommendation ultimately helped me further my career goals. “

– Jake Politte, LEAD Cape Town 2014 and DIRECT Cape Town 2015

Resume Tips

LeadAbroad programs look great on your resume! You definitely want to highlight your international experience on both your resume and during interviews. Here are some ideas of how you can highlight your LeadAbroad experience:

You can list GO in the education section:

LeadAbroad Scholar, (your program dates)

  • International study abroad experience in (your program location)
  • Studied (your classes) in a small classroom environment
  • Served the local community through (your service involvement)
  • Traveled to (your destinations) and learned to navigate foreign transportation and customs
  • Participated in weekly community club meetings to discuss my values, personal mission statement and individual strengths
  • If applicable: Selected to serve as a Community Leader, a peer leader who facilitates small group discussions and builds community on the ground

You can list LEAD in the education section:

LeadAbroad Scholar, (your program dates)

  • International study abroad experience in (your program location)
  • Studied Leadership and Service Learning in a small classroom environment
  • Served the local community through (your service involvement)
  • Participated in vision casting and developed a personal action plan to live out my values
  • Learned from local entrepreneurs and political leaders to foster understanding for international customs and cultures
  • If applicable: Selected to serve as a Community Leader, a peer leader who facilitates small group discussions and builds community on the group

You can list Direct in the leadership or extracurricular involvement section:

LeadAbroad Traveler, (your program dates)

  • International travel experience in (your program location)
  • Served the local community through (your service involvement)
  • Participated in workshops to discuss my values, personal mission statement and individual strengths
  • If applicable: Selected to serve as a Community Leader, a peer leader who facilitates small group discussions and builds community on the ground

In an interview setting, be sure to bring up your experiences abroad. Prepare 3-5 stories to demonstrate what you learned while traveling. Here are a few ideas:

  • Vision casting: How did you write your vision statement? What did you learn during this process? How does your vision drive your actions and goals? How does your vision connect to the particular position that you are interviewing for?
  • Navigating a foreign culture: What parts of the foreign culture were different to you? How did you learn to navigate a new place and a different language? What did you learn about yourself in this process?
  • Overcoming obstacles: What is a major obstacle that you faced during your time abroad? How did you deal with it? What did this teach you?
  • Teamwork: How did you work in a team during your time abroad? How can you apply that to the role that you are interviewing for?
  • Perspective: What advice would your give yourself if you were to do LeadAbroad all over again? What has changed since you have returned to the US?