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I don’t know about you, but amid all the chaos and heartbreak of 2020 and 2021 my desire to travel abroad has grown exponentially stronger than before. Despite the disappointment of cancelled flights and travel plans cut short, this time has given travelers the chance to be introspective and appreciate everything that travel can do […]

July 18, 2021

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Last updated: 12/4/21 Teaching English as a foreign language has appeared on the radar of many Americans as a viable way to travel the world while also supporting themselves financially. Whether you’re interested in teaching online while you hop from one destination to another, or you plan to find a teaching job in a foreign […]

November 26, 2020

Saint Petersburg

“If you see smoke, fire, or anything else alarming on the outside or inside of the plane, please bring it to our attention.” Holy sh*t what am I doing?

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October 1, 2018

Trust me I get it – wifi hopping is really tempting. International phone plans cost a fortune and, if your wallet is tight, its one of the first expenses you might think to do without. After all, you’re not traveling so that you can scroll through Twitter all day, or talk to your friends on the phone all day, right?

September 27, 2018

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Saint Petersburg

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November 26, 2020

Last updated: 12/4/21 Teaching English as a foreign language has appeared on the radar of many Americans as a viable way to travel the world while also supporting themselves financially. Whether you’re interested in teaching online while you hop from one destination to another, or you plan to find a teaching job in a foreign […]

Kyrgyz host brother when studying with CLS in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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October 1, 2018

Living with a host family is one of the best opportunities to become fully immersed in the culture of a country and be exposed to your target language. Rather than being a tenant, you are part of the family, and this provides a truly unique perspective when traveling and getting to know your host country.

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September 27, 2018

Trust me I get it – wifi hopping is really tempting. International phone plans cost a fortune and, if your wallet is tight, its one of the first expenses you might think to do without. After all, you’re not traveling so that you can scroll through Twitter all day, or talk to your friends on the phone all day, right?

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Living with a host family is one of the best opportunities to become fully immersed in the culture of a country and be exposed to your target language. Rather than being a tenant, you are part of the family, and this provides a truly unique perspective when traveling and getting to know your host country.

October 1, 2018

Kyrgyz host brother when studying with CLS in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Trust me I get it – wifi hopping is really tempting. International phone plans cost a fortune and, if your wallet is tight, its one of the first expenses you might think to do without. After all, you’re not traveling so that you can scroll through Twitter all day, or talk to your friends on the phone all day, right?

September 27, 2018

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Добро пожаловать! With a history dating back to 1500 BCE, Armenia today presents an enchanting combination of its Old World roots and modern-day lifestyle. As you travel around the country, you’ll discover everything from ancient monasteries to modern metropolises all nuzzled between stunning mountain ranges and crystal-blue alpine lakes. For a country so breathtaking you’d […]

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Tatev, Monastery, Tatev, Armenia

July 28, 2021

Russians often stare a foreigners. Don't take it personally.

January 23, 2021

Last updated: 12/4/21 Russia – A country that  evokes a different set of feelings more polarizing than most travel destinations. Regardless of one’s associations with the country, it doesn’t take much research to realize what a great destination it is for adventurous travelers.  Before hopping on a plane, however, it is important to familiarize yourself […]

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January 23, 2021

Learn about the various modes of transportation to and around Kazakhstan including the metro, as pictured, bus, train, plane, taxi, and marshrutka.

Last updated: 12/4/21 If you are traveling to Kazakhstan, you definitely need to do some thorough research ahead of time regarding transportation and how to get around Kazakhstan. Although the region has experienced steady growth over the last few years, Central Asia’s tourism industry is not as developed as other travel destinations around the world. […]

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January 8, 2021

Last Updated: 10/17/21 With the world’s largest wine collection, a centuries-old monastery built inside of a mountain, and several fortresses from the Middle Ages, Moldova is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. The country is quite small in size, which is perfect for travelers who want to see as much as they can in a shorter […]

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Bender Fortress, Bender, Moldova

July 27, 2020

Earn money while you teach English online so you can travel the world.

July 2, 2020

Добро пожаловать! Hello everyone! Belarus is a land-locked country in eastern Europe with a wide-range of experiences to offer. Whether you’re spending the weekend at the dacha, hiking around the multiple national parks, visiting grand historical monuments, or exploring the modern metropolises, there’s plenty to do around this small country. Belarus is one of my […]

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July 2, 2020

Central Asia is comprised of six countries: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. With the one exception of Afghanistan, all of these countries were once a part of the Soviet Union until its collapse in 1991. Exploring these countries is incredibly fascinating because you can explore both the rich, nomadic culture that flourished along the Silk Road in juxtaposition with the oppressive legacies left behind from the USSR.

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October 1, 2018

Have you ever heard of a language pledge? Maybe you’ve been exploring academic programs and encountered this term, but you’re not entirely sure what it actually entails. The purpose of this article is to help illuminate what a language pledge actually is and to clear up any questions you might have so that you can […]

April 9, 2021

CLS Program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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Всем привет! Have you ever heard the sentence “The best way to learn a foreign language is by studying abroad,” and thought . . . Well, uh . . . . And if that’s not a possibility for me? Traveling abroad is not always an accessible option whether it be for financial, medical, or other […]

April 9, 2021

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Last updated: 12/3/2021 Unlike many tourist spots in western Europe, English is not a commonly spoken language in post-Soviet countries. Depending on the goals of your trip, this can either be a fantastic opportunity to further your Russian language-skills or a scary language barrier that makes you think twice about choosing a Russian-speaking country for […]

February 15, 2021

Russian for Tourists - Moscow

Last updated: 12/4/21 In today’s post, we will be looking at the vocabulary that you can use to play Among Us in Russian! With the vocabulary and phrases below, you’ll be able to play Among Us with native Russian speakers and develop your colloquial Russian language skills along the way. Playing games in a foreign […]

October 22, 2020

Russian Language Among Us

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Are your parents Russian?
Do you know people in Russia?
Out of every language…Why Russian? This is the line of questioning I would get every time I spoke to someone (Americans and Russians alike) about my choice to study the Russian language.

November 1, 2019

Vladimir Mayakovsky in 1930 | © Wikimedia Commons | The Silver Age in Russian Art and Literature

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December 2, 2021

At the turn of the 20th century, a cultural outburst overcame Russia. As Russia’s entire dynamic began to shift in a major way, the art and literature of the time reflected these changes. These changes became known as the Silver Age in Russian art and literature. Following the Russian classics of the Golden Age, the […]

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