How to get back home with a volcano eruption

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/andregustavo/920, 1612, 1821 and now 2010…the story again, but with only one difference:  the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull this time is causing so many damage in a personal and, of course, economic way.

The air travel has been paralised across Northern Europe since the eruption and that made stranding millions of travelers. The countries with airspace problems are: Austria, Belarous, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Island, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweeden, Switzerland, Ukraine and United Kingdom. You can follow the Air Travel disruption after the 2010  Eyjafjallajökull eruption on Wikipedia and also comments about passangers on twitter.

Chaos…mess up, people stuck in differente countries willing to get back home…immediately or in a few days and can’t find a place in a bus or train (because the only way to move around Europe right now it’s by land), I suggest you to check the ridesharing sites.

Some sites better than others depending on where are you right now

And of course, the groups on Facebook. One to recommend: Carpool Europe due to Volcanic Ash. And the group: when volcanoes Erupt: a survival guide for stranded travelers.

And remember, if you need a place to crash because hotels/hostels are full, you can also check Couchsurfing or Hospitality Club

Good luck to you all and keep posting your comments with new alternatives in the countries you are. Thanks you all!


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Teaching English in Spain. For USA and Canada people

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Teaching English in another country is part of a experience. As I wrote  in the “work abroad: where to apply I” the option of showing your culture and teaching a language is sometimes a good option.

The “Teach abroad grants” for north americans (usa and canada) and culture assistants are perfect to come to Spain.

Here more information:

The job: The assistants and the classroom teacher (or the school representatives) may agree upon other activities and responsibilities they should be involved in, such as

  • Conducting conversation lessons,
  • Attending meetings,
  • Making presentations in classes
  • Participating in extra-curricular activities, such as workshops, school trips, student exchanges, music and theater performances or sporting events

Requirements:

  • Hold a U.S. or Canadian Passport.
  • Be a native English speaker.
  • Be a Junior or Senior college student or have completed a BA, BS, MA or MS.
  • Have an intermediate/advanced level of Spanish

The period: The program begins in mid-September and ends in mid-June. The academic calendar, however, is subject to the regional education norms.

Schedule/working hours: 12-16 hour weekly. You can have another part time job or travel too 🙂

Salary: A minimum monthly allowance of EUR €700 (USD$ 1,025; CAD$ 1,060)

Other benefits:

  • Orientation course at the beginning of the school year and ongoing development.
  • Full medical insurance.
  • Official certificate, issued by the regional education authorities.
  • Grants will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • No application fees.

The deadline is TOMORROW. Fill out your Online Application til March 30 here .

If not, wait for November (the application process starts November 30 til March 30)

Blog Day 2009. Traveler Recommendations

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blog this.Blog Day 2009

Today, all the bloggers around celebrate the Blog Day. This consists giving  5 recommendations of new blogs that you have just discovered. This way, your blog readers wil

l find  other interesting stuff to learn about it and will have the opportunity to follow th

em.

My recommendation for today are different blogs I’m following throught my Reader. Some of them are in English or in Spanish. Use google translate if you are in trouble with the words or the whole text.

So, here is my recommendation for this day:

  • Go Green, travel green.  Everyone should think in green. Always and more when we travel. Really interesting blog with travel tips for eco-conscious travelers.
  • Blog de viajes. An argentinan blogger who shares almost everyday interesting things about travelling, tourism and . This blogger was awarded as the Best Spanish Language Blog by the Lonely Planet Travel Blogger Awards 2009.
  • La volta dels 25. This blog has 2 special things for me and just found it looking for some links. These special things are: It’s in Catalan, the language of Catalunya and of course, my language. The secong one, he’s 25, like me. He decided to take 1 year off and travel the world. He’s interviewing 25 young people from 25 years old around the world and write a book about it. Also awarded as the Best non-english  travel Blog by the Lonely Planet Travel Awards 2009.
  • The practical nomad. I guess that if you just wanna travel and love international travel, this blog is the first stop you have to do before start planning anything. He’s an expert on airfares and how to get the best deals on the Internet and updates a lot of information and resources.
  • Comer y tapear bien barato en Barcelona. This one is not about travelling throught the world, is about another trip to one city and its food. If you are in love with Barcelona, and you like the feeling of a good meal. Don’t miss this update with the best places on where to eat and for how much, from the most visited places in the city to the most hidden ones.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!!

Work Abroad: where to apply (I)

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Johnny Cash mural on the side of a building in downtown Austin on Rio Grande just below 6th Street. “I don’t find a job”, “this crisis is affecting so much to the economy in my city”, “I don’t know where to look for”. Most of you probably have thought  of taking the first option offered, others can think about they will find it later and it’s better of  just keep looking for…and most of you have the desire of travelling because you feel useless at home waiting for a  call.

If you have this last feeling, don’t think it twice. Despite the economic gloom and doom, there are millions of jobs abroad available these days. If you can afford at least 3 months of living by yourself, it’s time to make a decision (most of the times it won’t be the salary you’ll get in your country, but most of the times it’s not about the salary, it’s about the experience).

Some of the travel jobs on the list you are gonna read below pay better than others. Some demand specific qualifications, while others are available to just about anyone who can speak some specific languages.

  • Teaching Languages.
    • Spanish: The Spanish goverment offers some grants to spanish teachers to go to the US, also, there’re a lot of countries who are lack of spanish teachers.
    • English: you can become part of  the cultural assistant program to teach English in Spain, althought there are a lof of countries where you can teach this universal language.
  • BabySitting:
    • The International Au Pair Association works to put in contact families with people who want to take care of their childrens. Before taking care of a kid, kust make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into first, because it’s sometimes tough depending on the children.
    • There are also other different networking websites to help new babysitters to find families on their own. One of the best is Great Aupair, and mommymixer,  aupair.com and easy aupair . Never forget that a lot of babysitters work as family assistants and drive kids to after-school programs, planning birthday parties, etc..
  • Voluntering:
    • The world needs you and a volunteering escape can help a lot to the organization you are working on and yourself. Volunteer opportunities are practically innumerable and in almost every country. Sites like Volunteer abroad or Idealist are references.
    • Other organizations like the European Youth Portal or the Global Volunteer Network can help to look for the best work. One organization I’d like to mention is Vicente Ferrer Fundation.   Read a little bit about what people says about these  or other organizations before going there.
  • Cruising/Sailoring
    • The perfect way to enjoy the good weather throught high seasons in different parts of the world. There are thousands of cruises which weigh anchor everyday in different parts of the world. All cruise Jobs is the biggest job board dedicated to employment in cruises.
    • Another sites where you can be a part of the cruise crew around the world are cruiselinejobworkoncruiseship and if you want to try something different that just entretaintment, this site allows you to work in platforms and huge non touristic ships.
    • if you don’t like crowds, don’t think it twice and check the opportunity of smaller private yachts. They also need people for the crew, some cool websites I found: crewseekers, findacrew and crewfile.
  • Tourguide:
    • Being a tour guide can be really interesting if you like history and you have good social skills. There so many tour companies where you can apply
    • But tour guide does not only mean going to cities and explain the history and the buildings, you can also combine it with your hobby: mountain biking, birdwatching. Some hostels I’ve been offer the opportunity to be a guide and discover the beauty of the region you are in.
  • Exchange work for Hostel Beds
    • Maybe this option sounds crazy, but some hostels, like the ones next to my favourite area offer it. Grand Canyon are offering some positions of cleaning rooms or computer work. Some hostels have the option already, if not, ask the hostel owner if it’s possible to exchange work  for a bed. Make sure to mention you are good for this position because there’re a minimum days you have to stay there. You can find more information about working in hostels in the Hostel Jobs webpage.
  • Seasonal Agricultural Campaigns
    • Ifyou  don’t like cities and want to feel the countryside, the beginning of seasonal campaigns are your option. It will be tough, but being in contact with nature is always good. The seasonal agricultural campaigns are everywhere. It’s about team work and undertake the tasks of picking, storing and packing the fruit. Check this site for Spain and this post in Australia. Working in an organic farm somwhere around the globe can be also a wonderful experience. Helpexchange is a great site too.
  • Commercial Airplane crew
    • This is not a short term job, it’s another career. Cabin crew work for airlines is a very popular option for a lot of travelers. Qatar Airways or British airways are two options, there are so many opportunities and a lot of companies are hiring. It sounds like a really cool job, but don’t forget that the cavin crew are the responsible for the safety of passengers and are specially trained to deal with security and emergency situations. Their work can be stressful but allows you to discover a lot of places in the world.
  • Artist:
    • Being an artist can bring you everywhere. You can think about music and check the tours of a lot of artists. You can be one of them too. There are also a lot of people who are going abroad to show their culture or travel as a staff. Also, the circus can be a good way to tour the world showing your taOahu, HI - July 2006lent.

And don’t forget you can always travel without working. Just enjoy your time but first of all check out your budget!!

In Troube or growing? which state do you belong to?

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What city you belong to?

According to an analysis by Charlotta Mellander and Patrick Adler a measure of long term economic potential is based on the 3 Ts – technology, talent and tolerance – This theory brings us to this map where you can see the different spots within the States.

The United States the country I lived for one year has lots of people, and everyone moves all the time because of work, family… that means that right now we should move to Texas, where we can see more spots together?why is texas the biggest state in expansion?

Yes, I love this state, plenty of people, actually plenty of good people and i’m sure it has the 3T together!!

The Dream of every territory

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Why “the American Dream” is the typical slogan? I think all the countries have something interesting and have a diference from the other countries that allow us to discover new essences… then, why not Indian dream? Mexican Dream? Catalan Dream or whatever country dream? I’ve visited a lot of countries and I can say that every country has a something special and when you are at home and wish to go abroad, there’s always in your mind that It can be your best experience, because it can be the best dream!!
Here, the countries I’ve visited: Which will be my next dream? …..mmmm

Decisions

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Dilluns 18 de desembre de 2006. Definitivament…hi ha decisions que comporten més reflexions que d’altres, per què serà? potser perquè impliquen més coneixements, més temps, més diferències…o qualsevol cosa que sigui important per nosaltres. Aquest blog comença així.

I esque…tenia ben decidit el que faria l’any vinent: agafar experiència en una organització multinacional al cor econòmic d’Europa. Estava claríssim. Brussel·les i totes les persones amb qui em vaig retrobar i vaig conèixer m’ho van deixar ben clar, i a partir d’aquell moment, vaig pendre la decisió per l’any vinent. Però, qui em diria a mi que la plaça per marxar als Estats Units cauria enfront dels meus nassos? NINGÚ.

A partir d’aquell moment s’em plantejaven dues coses: Estats Units o Bèlgica, experiència a l’estranger les dues però per fer dues coses diferents, estudiar, cosa que he fet fins ara…o treballar, cosa que faré sempre… Quina és la millor opció? La reflexió en aquests moments és molt important, ja que són moments que ens fan reaccionar i decidir sobre diferents aspectes de la nostra vida, aspectes que per molt petits que siguin, són moments que ens parlen, ens ensenyen i ens ajuden a descobrir quin és el nostre paper en aquest món.

Desprès de moltes reflexions, amb tot tipus de persones….m’he decidit decantar-me per la cosa que si la rebutjo, segurament mai més la tindré, ja que si acabo la carrera, no obtindré la beca que em dona la universitat, i bè, el tema de treballar ho faré l’any vinent, amb molts més coneixements i experiència que em faran aprofitar millor l’estada.

A totes les persones que m’han ajudat a decidir, no perquè hagin influit en la meva decisió, si no perquè m’han donat força per mirar-m’ho bè, analitzar pros i contres….

MOLTES GRÀCIES PER AQUESTES REFLEXIONS PLEGATS.

Ara ja he passat l’etapa més complicada, la de decidir-me, una cosa menys.