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Congratulations on your recent voyage abroad! We know you are excited and brimming with stories of your experiences abroad and insights into your host country’s culture. Might you be looking for a captive audience with whom to share those experiences, or are you seeking new ways to study, travel, or work abroad again? If so, then we invite you to attend the Lessons From Abroad Returnee Conference on Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at the Auraria Campus in Denver!

Conference highlights include:

  • Meeting other recent study abroad returnees from all over the Rocky Mountain Region
  • Hearing from dynamic and motivating keynote speakers
  • Learning how to talk about your newly acquired global skills in a job interview
  • Discovering how you can work or study abroad after graduation
  • Networking with professionals working in internationally-focused jobs
  • Staying connected to and sharing stories about your study abroad experience

This is a great opportunity to network with other students and professionals. We ask that you dress business casual and bring several copies of your resume.

 

Registration

Registration is now open! Register online

 

Schedule of Conference Events

9:00-­‐9:30 Check-­‐in and Registration (Turnhalle)
Opportunities Fair will be open and refreshments will be served.

9:30-­‐9:45 Welcome and Introduction to Lessons from Abroad (Turnhalle)
Julianna Kobs, (Barcelona SAE) Lessons From Abroad Co-­‐Chair

9:45-­‐11:00 Plenary Session (Turnhalle)
Le Retour/The Homecoming: A Vision of Re-­‐Entry on the Silver Screen
Students often report that the most difficult part about studying abroad is getting on
the plane to return home. We will screen the award-­‐winning short film Le Retour by
Rachel Earnest, a 2007 Film Studies graduate from Chapman University, who was
inspired by her own international experiences to create a film about what it is like to
return to the US. The screening will be followed by an open discussion about the
realities of re-­‐entry.
Presenters: Katie Goldberg, ISA-­‐ELAP and Stephanie Pund, Bridge

11:00-­‐11:15 Introduction to Organizations for Networking Lunch & Opportunities Fair (Turnhalle)
Nikki Powers, GoAbroad.com; LFA Co-­‐Chair

11:15-­‐12:30 Networking Lunch and Opportunities Fair (Turnhalle)
Visit exhibitors and network with other returnees and professionals
in International Education.

12:30-­‐1:15 Concurrent Sessions I (Ballrooms A,B,C)

Go Abroad Again: Work, Teach, Intern, and Volunteer Abroad (Ballroom A)
“How can I get abroad again?” You have already studied abroad and maybe you want a
different experience or want to go to a different country. This session will explore a
variety of options for you to do just that. Gain insight from personal testimonials about
how you can work, teach and/or volunteer abroad after graduation.
Presenters: Ian Davis, International TEFL Academy and Heilwig Jones, Kaya Responsible Travel

Graduate School Options (Ballroom B)
Thinking about graduate school? Think Global! This session will cover graduate school
programs in the U.S. and discuss the variety of graduate options available abroad.
Presenters: Kathryn Bridge, LFA Volunteer; Ilse Damkoehler, London SAE; Kimberly
Tibbetts, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad; Danielle Steer, Monterey Institute of International
Studies; and James Meakim, Across the Pond

Showcase Your Experience: Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews (Ballroom C)
An interactive review where participants meet with professionals in the field to receive
practical advice for job seekers. During a ten minute individual session, review your
resume or talk about interview strategies to showcase your experience abroad. Learn
how your study abroad experience can help you distinguish yourself from the
competition and land that job! Please bring your current resume to this session.
Coordinator: Inger Bull, Colorado College, various professionals in the field will be
available to review resumes

1:25-­‐ 2:10 Concurrent Sessions II (Ballrooms A,B,C)

Living an Internationally Focused Life (Ballroom A)
If your dream of living abroad isn’t possible at the moment, that doesn’t mean your life can’t still be international! in this session, find out how to continue your cultural learning on and off campus.
Presenters: Aimee Dixon, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Kirstin Bebell,
University of Colorado Boulder

Funding International Experiences (Ballroom B)
Have you thought about going abroad again but wondered how you will get there
financially? This session is designed to give you ideas and resources on how to find
funding opportunities to go abroad again.
Presenters: Inger Bull, Colorado College and Matthew Shelley, EF College Study Tours

Showcase Your Experience: Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviews (Ballroom C)
An interactive review where participants meet with professionals in the field to receive
practical advice for job seekers. During a 10 minute individual session, review your
resume or talk about interview strategies to showcase your experience abroad. Learn
how your study abroad experience can help you distinguish yourself from the
competition and land that job! Please bring your current resume to this session.
Coordinator: Inger Bull, Colorado College, Various professionals in the field will be
available to review resumes

2:10 -­‐ 2:45 Refreshment Break and Networking (Turnhalle)

2:45 -­‐ 3:30 Concurrent Sessions III (Ballrooms A,B,C)

Develop your Personal Brand: YOU have the Skills Employers are Looking For! (Ballroom A)
Students who study and intern abroad definitely have a unique experience in their
toolbox. We will review what employers and recruiters look for in new hires, how your
experiences and skills match up, and how focusing on your personal brand will help you
to stand out from your peers. After participating in simple activities, students will leave
with a good understanding of how to bridge their degree to their career, and a stronger
sense of what makes them marketable through the creation of a personal brand.
Presenters: Carol Bowar and Kristin Sill, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad

International Careers: Making Your Dream Job a Reality (Ballroom B)
How can I find a global career? This session will be broken down into three categories to
help you navigate an international job search and the realities of living and working
abroad: 1. Domestic jobs with international travel options; 2. Live and work abroad; 3.
Realities of finding work abroad.
Presenters: Kirstin Bebell, University of Colorado Boulder and Danielle Steer Monterey
Institute of International Studies

Teaching English Abroad: Your Key to Cultural Immersion and Adventure! (Ballroom C)
After a great study or intern abroad experience, you may be thinking about returning
abroad again, longer term. Getting certified to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL)
is a way to make this happen. Teaching contracts can be paid or voluntary, short term or
long term, and opportunities exist in countries worldwide!
Presenters: Jennifer Collis, Bridge and Lauren Davis, Bridge

3:40 -­‐ 4:30 Closing Plenary Keynote (Turnhalle)
How to be a Rockstar in College, in Work and in Life!
by Brooke Roberts

Now that you are back from your study abroad experience, you want to
continue to create an exceptional college experience, achieve career success, and live
your ideal life. But in a world that is increasingly competitive and with an uncertain
economy, how do you stand out and show off your unique talents, expertise, and
international experience? You start by being a rock star. After rising to the top of her
field and striking out on her own to found her own company (YogaTravelTree.com),
Brooke Roberts understands that to achieve an exceptional career and life, you have to
make hard decisions and exceptional choices, like studying abroad. She will share
insights into what the most outstanding college students, professionals, and serial-­‐
entrepreneurs do to achieve the careers and lives they’ve always dreamed of
having…let’s rock.

4:30-­‐4:50 Closing Remarks (Turnhalle)
Raffle and Photo Contest winners will be announced!
Julianna Kobs and Nikki Powers -­‐ LFA Conference Co-­‐Chairs

4:50-­‐5:30 Networking Reception with Desserts (Turnhalle)

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We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please email us at rockymountain@lessonsfromabroad.org. The Lessons From Abroad Rocky Mountain Region Planning Committee

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