Why Travelling is a Really Valuable Learning Experience
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There are lots to learn when visiting other countries.
Open yourself up to new experiences – stay in a local homestay, volunteer with a community charity, get to know the people and the culture of each new place you visit – and you’ll find that you return home, not only with lots of great memories but a lot of new skills too.
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