After Drake

Going abroad doesn't have to be limited to your time at Drake. Once you've graduated there are still many opportunities to see the world and do something meaningful. Plus, it lets you say "Well, when I lived in China helping earthquake victims..." during a job interview.

Working abroad can be anything from hospitality services in New Zealand to business development in Brazil .  All of these organizations provide assistance in locating a job in the country and acquiring a visa. For most, no foreign language is necessary, but when required, foreign language training is usually provided.

  • Peace Corps--The Peace Corps is a very unique program funded by the US government to promote cross cultural understanding.  American citizens are invited to a foreign country to work their doing anything from education, information technology, agriculture, or business. You are compensated at the local level during your assignment, and you get a re-adjustment bonus upon your return to the States.
  • BUNAC Work & Travel--BUNAC offers several options for students wanting to work abroad. France, Britain, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and Ireland are all offered through this program. These are usually short term or summer programs, great for students who want a short and different jaunt abroad.
  • Another great source if you want to get 'maverick-y' is to apply on your own. In that case, you might want to check out MyWorldAbroadCareer Guide.  Drake students can register for free!!  MyWorldAbroad is an extensive resource for those seeking to maximize the career value of their time abroad.  It is packed with 4,000 searchable resources, 300 expert articles and inspiring student stories.  

Teaching abroad lets you go abroad to be placed in a school where you will teach. Your students will range from Japanese government officials to Chilean high-schoolers and anything in between. For the English teaching programs, any major can apply provided you have native level English fluency. Subject-specific programs such as the Peace Corps usually require experience or a degree in the subject you wish to teach.

  • Teach English in China--This is a Drake-sponsored program that allows Drake (and a few select other college's) graduates to go to one of our 10 partner Chinese universities and middle schools. the program includes orientation, ESL techniques, and Chinese language instruction. You will also get a salary, travel allowance, housing, and insurance
  • CIEE Teach Abroad--Chine, Chile, Spain, or Thailand would love to have you teaching their elementary though college students. You can spend between 1 and 2 semesters there experiencing the culture and teaching the students. You are compensated at or above the local level, and orientation and teaching/cultural training are provided on-site. In addition CIEE staff are available in the country.
  • JET--The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is administered by the Japanese government and gives American college graduates the opportunity to go to Japan on a teaching exchange. During the exchange you may work as either an assistant teacher, coordinator of international relations, or a sports assistant. No Japanese ability is required for the teaching and sports positions. The coordinator position, however requires advanced Japanese skills. Participants are are provided airfare, insurance, and a salary of ¥3.6mn. Any major can apply and no teaching experience is necessary.
  • Peace Corps--Almost every aspect of the Peace Corps involves teaching. Some are dedicated school teaching assignments such as math, science, or English teaching, while others involve more grassroots education such as teaching HIV/AIDS, environment, agriculture, or information technology to the community
  • ESL Cafe or Dave's ESL Cafe-- Pretty much lists every teaching job out there!

Volunteering abroad gives you that warm feeling from volunteering your time and effort, but with these options you can get that warm feeling in Peru, Russia or lots of other countries.  Assignments range from 1 to 17 weeks and the nature of the assignment can be anything from childcare to women's empowerment to environmental tourism.

Learning abroad conserves your educational momentum and lets you gain international experience at the same time.  You can either attend a specifically international graduate school program or elect to simply attend grad school abroad.

  • IPSL Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies--This program is offered now through Portland State University focuses on International Service-Learning and Leadership. Students have the opportunity to go to either Jamaica or Mexico. The Program incorporates volunteerism and home-stays.
  • International Grad School--This site has information that can help you search for an international grad school by field of study, location or institution. It also has information about financing graduate school and graduate school abroad. Below are many sites in the same vein as this website and either cater to the entire world or to a specific country.
  • Peace Corps Master's International--This program lets you combine a Peace Corps Assignment with graduate school. You apply to a participating grad school and the Peace Corps at the same time, once you are accepted, you begin grad school and prepare for your Peace Corps assignment, which may be anything from a thesis to a project.
  • Nationally Competitive Scholarships--Contact Dr. Zeff in the Politics Department for more information on post-graduate scholarships such as the Fulbright.
University News
August 29, 2014
In collaboration with UnityPoint Health, Drake University is hosting a panel discussion, “Young People, Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Recognizing the effects of marijuana and other drugs on tomorrow’s leaders.”
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