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Episode Slice #4: Lillie Marshall on Positive Effects of Long-term Travel

Get excited, because there’s an inspirational educator in the house – Lillie Marshall! She’s a six-foot tall Boston teacher who took a leave of absence in 2009-2010 to travel around the world solo. She also has some rockin blogs that are worth reading (see below).

Here are some highlights from the interview:

  • Her year off to travel and her volunteer opportunity in Ghana, which she found through Couchsurfing!
  • The importance of doing the right research before you get involved in a volunteer program
  • Safety when traveling
  • Positive effects of traveling long-term, both in terms of your career and personal growth
  • Language immersion programs – how she became an advanced Spanish speaker in a month when she knew zero Spanish beforehand
  • How traveling allowed her to open her heart and find love!

… and so much more!

Info and Sites Mentioned in the Interview:

  • Around the World L – Lillie’s travel blog
  • Teaching Traveling – Want info on teaching and traveling abroad? Check out Lillie’s creation.
  • Couchsurfing – Great site for finding accommodation, but also for finding volunteer opportunities like Lillie’s experience in Ghana
  • Youth Creating Change – The organization in Ghana where Lillie volunteered
  • Meet Plan Go – “encouraging and teaching others how to travel the world and have it be beneficial to your career”
  • Cuernavaca – The city in Mexico where Lillie took a four-week Spanish immersion course
  • Xela – A city in Guatemala where Lillie has done a language exchange

Question of the day: IF YOU HAVE EVER TRAVELED LONG-TERM, WHAT KIND OF EFFECT DID IT HAVE ON YOU? Let me know in the comments!

Connect With Lillie
You can connect with Lillie on one of her sites, through Twitter (@WorldLillie), Facebook, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin

Lillie’s pic from Twitter

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