By creating a portal that allows students to submit all types of content on all subjects of travel, we ensure students from around the globe can easily connect, find what they are looking for and simultaneously, feel empowered to change the world.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 16, 2009
Today marks the official launch of XploreU.com, an international student life platform, which enables students to connect on a global level. This "Facebook meets Wikipedia" site for student travelers allows students to connect internationally, share travel tips and stories, and obtain information to plan future travels. Xploreu.com provides the ideal online platform for students to meet, share and grow with each other, no matter where they are located across the globe. With a wide base of content and advanced social features, the site expects, and actively ensures, its internationally based student members are global citizens.
The unique social network and global student life platform incorporates student travel, international programs, education and social responsibility; top issues that current students are fascinated with. Connecting students on a platform that takes it further than "You went to high-school together" speaks to the desire for a more intellectual connection amongst college students.
"XploreU is unlike other social networks in that it allows students to connect and learn through a medium that intertwines social responsibility, travel entertainment and free stuff. XploreU isn't just another travel site that rates hotels," says Meghan Hoover, founder of XploreU. "By creating a portal that allows students to submit all types of content on all subjects of travel, we ensure students from around the globe can easily connect, find what they are looking for and simultaneously, feel empowered to change the world."
XploreU utilizes an innovative concept of support by student Ambassadors. Students at any university can apply to be an Ambassador to help develop site content and encourage additional student participation on their campus. The Ambassadors can concentrate on such fields as journalism, social media, social responsibility, blogging and marketing; however the program is largely determined by the students themselves. This program helps students develop a strong sense leadership by creating new ways to promote XploreU and share their passion for travel and exploration with their peers. Ambassadors enhance their resumes for future careers for which they are passionate, giving them an additional edge while transitioning out of college.
"I like working for XploreU because I feel like I am a part of something that will benefit me in the long run," said Kathleen Alford, XploreU Ambassador and student at Beloit. "I do and will use XploreU, and I feel honored to be part of a project that is quite clearly beneficial to my peer group."
Additional benefits come to members of XploreU.com in the form of points. These points can then be transitioned into prizes, donations to charities, virtual currency to bid or exchange for banner ads and other useful online tools. In conjunction with the social responsibility, members will be asked that percentages of the points they earn will be put toward charitable means.
Interested student travelers can begin exploring by registering for an XploreU profile at http://www.xploreu.com. New features are expected to roll out throughout 2009 including a dedicated study abroad section, a space dedicated to parents, mobile features and major announcements on new Point Partners and point options.
Founded in 2007, XploreU is an international, student-focused website that leverages social networking to promote global responsibility, travel, cultural awareness and global literacy. By using a mix of expert articles, student-written content and virtual points, XploreU provides a relevant and trusted source of travel information.
The success of the site rests on the contributions of their interns and college students located on college campuses throughout the world. By students encouraging other students to share their experiences on the website, the content and use of the site expands. Point Partners help fund the site, and also provide opportunities to donate additional points, earn discounted travel rates, international products and accessories.
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