For the past 19 years of my life, I have lived in a city, where lush fields and curious wildlife has been paved over with cement and concrete. I haven't been outside the country, much less the northeastern part of the United States since I was two. And without the InterExchange Working Abroad Grant, I probably wouldn't have been able to see and experience all that I have in North Queensland, Australia. Being a part of this program has been one of the best experiences I have ever had because I was able to fully engage myself in something I was passionate about, but I was also able to meet so many people from around the world. During six weeks, I met people from England, Korea, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and others from America and elsewhere. My perceptions of the world have broadened at least twenty-fold. I have learned about so many different cultures and languages, and have opened my mind up to different beliefs, values, and foods, especially foods.
Read more about Julianne's Volunteer work in Australia.
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A fan of independent cinema and proponent of the Oxford comma, Matthew began his career at a Miami-based tech startup before returning to West Virginia University to pursue his M.A. in Foreign Languages. He has worked at InterExchange since 2006 and currently serves as a Marketing Project Manager.