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When I lived in Russia it was customary to see people buying beer from local street vendors and drinking on their lunch break at work (or in the morning on their way to work!). Can you imagine drinking at work in the United States? Or being able to grab a beer on the side of the street like a hot dog stand? Traveling abroad is one of the most eye opening experiences and will enrich your life in numerous ways. If you have ever been hesitant about leaving your comfort zone and entering a daunting and foreign place then this article is for you.

You only live once. So might as well take some risks, meet new people, and experience new cultures that you never knew existed outside of your little town in Kansas. Working abroad can bring you adventure. From viewing Peter the Great’s chamber of oddities in Russia to eating live eel in Japan you never know what uncertainties lay ahead. After a long day at work you can visit the Eiffel tower or stroll past the Parthenon; activities that are not as common to the American who jumps into his or her car after work. Not only do you get adventure but you can absorb the culture of the country you are working in. Every day you will be faced with differences and learn how people in that country live life in a way you are unfamiliar with. You will gain a greater global perspective and get to see the US through the eyes of another culture.

Working abroad will help your career grow and will challenge you every day. You will be able to step outside of the typical career paths that the United States has to offer and will be forced to work with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. From a career standpoint, international experience looks outstanding on a resume and shows that you can conduct business on a global scale.

The experience of working abroad can provide you with fluency in a country’s language. Sure you probably won’t master the entire language, but you can learn more than you already know and become bi-lingual (which always looks great on your resume!). If you already know bits and pieces of a language then working abroad is a great way to keep practicing.

You will definitely gain valuable knowledge and life experience by working abroad. If you have the chance it is a great opportunity if you are a recent graduate and don’t have a family to support yet. Find out which country sparks your interest and start applying for that visa!