How to travel for free participating in contests

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I guess summer time it’s when people are more creative, have more ideas and want to do more things… and it’s true because branches, mostly drink branches, are organizing  contests to get the best and amazing idea from people.

Branches are getting free marketing campaigns by consumers or not consumers, basically people that want to get a really interesting price. I wrote about the Aussie Roadtrip Adventure before and mentioned other opportunities like this, but now there are so many contest going on and i’ll post the most interesting for me. I’m participating in one of the so I ask you for your votes if you like.

  • Robertus fanta: the one I’m participating in and the one I need vVOTES. You can join the page on facebook: Yo tambien pasé la Fanta and show me your support me sign in up and hitting the little stars on the web.(follow the rules here) It’s a 10 day course in San Francisco in August. I’m really looking forward to go and learn about community managing and visit this amazing city.The only problem: it’s only for spanish people or residents in Spain. But feel free to spread the word/video because it’s another interesting contest to get a free trip somewhere.
  • Expedition 206. Another contest by Cocacola (PasaLaFanta is a coke branch too) and consist in a free trip along the 206 countries where CocaCola is sold and with just one mission: spread the cocacola feeling and happinees.

We can follow the winners of all of these contests throught their websites and that is making you want to participate too. It’s a good marketing campaing though. Good WOM 🙂

PD: Don’t forget to stop by the PasaLaFanta video 😉

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!


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)

Road Trip a Continent

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There are a lof of ways to get good deals when you travel, but this one I found it’s completely wild. How many days will take you to drive you over a continent? a what about if that continent is Australia?

Yes guys, if you have 6 weeks off and wanna travel through a part of that 7,686,850 km2 you should start thinking that maybe it’s your turn to apply for the Aussie Roadtrip Adventure.
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The Van-Tastic Adventure offers the opportunity (if you got selected) that seven pairs of travellers, will:

  • Fly (you and your team) from anywhere in the world to Australia
  • Drive all the way to the selected area the organization tell you with a
  • Have free acces to the main statet’s top attractions
  • With money for gas
  • A digital video camera and laptop
And you only have to tell the organizators the best places you visit with a mini-documentary.
An initiative from the Tourism’s department of different city councils that can be the perfect excuse to visit the country with a really low budgetI don’t know if this type of promotion works, but what I’m really sure is that this type of experience can be something that can change your life, like it did it in

And you only have to tell the organizators the best places you visit with a mini-documentary.

An initiative from the Tourism’s department of different city councils that can be the perfect excuse to visit the country with a really low budget. I don’t know if this type of promotion works, but what I’m really sure is that this type of experience can be something that can change your life, like it did it in

Some of you will think like me, I don’t know if this type of promotion works, but what I’m really sure is that if you are selected: it’s destiny and good luck, this type of experience can be something that can change your life, like it did it to other participants before and other initiatives like this, for example the Bacardi Freedom Route, from Istambul, Turkey to Essaouira, Morocco with only one purpose: finding the best summer sunset.

Good luck if you apply!


Work Abroad:where to apply II

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honey,i'm leaving townAfter the succes I got with the ideas throught Work Abroad I, I had to write the second part.

Work Abroad I was for everyone and you didn’t need a university degree, now I’m  posting about other ways to get into the labor market abroad if you have a college degree.

If you are graduated, almost graduated, you should check:

  • International organizations: They provide students in higher education with experience relevant to their studies in the field they want.
    • AIESEC, the largest international young organization for people who wanna develop their potential. One of last steps into the AIESECWay is the Work Abroad and everyone can apply for one of the 4 types of intership into the fields of: management, technical, educational and development interships. If you need to know more about it, just ask me I was part of this organization and can give you the contact info of the closest office.
    • IAESTE, the international young organization for the exchange of student of Technical Experience. It works like the one before, but just for enginerring and technical majors.
  • Technical jobs
    • Architects without borders, Check your closer chapter and join it, you will be able to cooperate for fair and sustainable development initiatives with disadvantaged people and communities.
    • Go4contruction, a global recruitment website for the building, civil engineering, infrastructure, energy and oil and gas industries.
    • Domestika, a Spanish website for jobs related with design, graphics, tv, 3d, music and other technical positions.
  • European Union: there so many portals where you can find options for applying for a job in the EU countries.
    • Eures, Eures is the European Job mobility portal, for work in the EU and different sites to look for jobs.
    • Euraxess, EU website you can find Information on jobs, services, rights and networks for researchers.
    • EPSO,  European Career, website for working for one of the European Institutions.
  • Other organizacions
    • CIVI, French organizations that allows you to find opportunities abroad. For people from 18 to 28 years old.
    • AIPT, the Association for International Practical Training is another international organization that offers you the opportunity to have an intership. AIPT is authorized by the U.S. Department of State to issue form DS-2019, the document required to enter the United States on a J-1 visa.
    • CDS International, Fellowships, internships, study abroads and another innitiatives to have a cultural experiencie.
    • IIE, It’s the website of the Institute of International Education. For education professionals. Not only jobs, also fellowships, conferences and events.
    • Internabroad, Look for an internship abroad by country or by field.
    • Intership program, Not only for looking an intership, also for job seekers.
  • Community Services for teens:
    • Global Routers,it’s a summer teen community service programs & gap-year or college internships in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Althought this is only a short list, you can find a lot of programs abroad around the web, every university also offers interships, fellowships from your major to other countries. You can also find opportunities looking with web2.0 tools, I’ll write about it too on another blogpost.

Good luck

World Tourism Day

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Today is the World Tourism day. One day to to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. On September 27th of 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted.

I wanna share with you a couple of videos:

What a wonderful world: we live in an amazing planet to discover. Everywhere we go, we can learn a lot of things. Keep discovering this world and be conscious that we are not the only ones who want to discover it.

Air traffic video shows the airline traffic in the world in a day. It can make you think about how the action of  moving to another country due to any reason: travel, work, family, afect social/cultural/political and economic issues.

Have a great day,

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!!!

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