New Study Abroad Acclimation Guides Speak to Concerns of American Females, Students of Color

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The Glimpse Foundation announces the release of three new PDF Study Abroad Acclimation Guides, "Gender Roles Abroad," "Race Abroad" and "Traveling to Developing Countries." The guides are based on responses from an in-house survey of 200 returned study abroad students.

The Glimpse Foundation has released the next three guides in its PDF Study Abroad Acclimation Series: "Gender Roles Abroad," "Race Abroad" and "Traveling to Developing Countries." The guides are based on extensive survey responses from nearly 200 returned study abroad students across the country. Ten to 15 pages long, they are comprised of advice, anecdotes, statistical data, article excerpts and further resources pertaining to the theme at hand, including practical tips about effective measures that students can take before, during and after their abroad experience.

"Gender Roles Abroad" helps young women prepare for the challenges of coping with popular stereotypes about American females, adapting to different perspectives on gender roles and navigating the dating world abroad. "Race Abroad," designed for American students of color, addresses the challenges of reconciling one’s ethnic and national identity while abroad and adapting to different attitudes toward racial difference and/or different kinds of prejudice. "Traveling to Developing Countries" coaches students who are considering destinations beyond Western Europe and Australia on effective ways to prepare for and handle cultural, economic and social disparities between their host countries and the United States.

Fresh, funny and insightful, Glimpse PDF guides have been praised by international educators across the country and are proving to be essential additions to college study abroad offices’ cultural orientation programs. As Chris Deegan, Director of Study Abroad at University of Illinois, Chicago, says, they offer “student voices about themes critical to a successful study abroad experience and also to being an attentive and responsive community, national and global citizen.” The first three Glimpse PDF guides, released in September of 2005, included "Culture Shock," "Language Learning" and "American Identity Abroad."

The guides are published by the 501(c)3 Glimpse Foundation, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and exchange, particularly between the United States and the rest of the world, by providing print and electronic forums for sharing the experiences of young adults living and studying abroad. The Foundation runs two primary programs: Glimpse Quarterly and, which both feature first-person stories written by study abroad students and international volunteers, providing insight into the daily realities of life abroad.

The 501(c)3 Glimpse Foundation was established by Brown University students in November 2001, who began full-time production upon their graduation in May 2002 with generous seed funds from the National Geographic Society.

Download samples of Glimpse’s PDF Study Abroad Acclimation Guides here:

Full access to the guides for review purposes is available upon request.

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