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“I think of my experiences there and how profoundly they changed my life,” he says. “People tell kids to go overseas and learn another language. But it’s not just a language you’re learning. There’s the whole culture, which is so much more than the language. You’re learning to communicate, and there are all these unintended consequences that go with it.” Learning about the Costa Rican culture and that coffee on the mountain, he says, directed his life in a way he’d not ever contemplated

before—and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He gives his host mom all of the credit. “It all happened only by the grace of God,” he says. “It’s only because my host mother made me get out there. She started dragging me all over the country— she’s still strong, but very sweet. She could fast-forward in her head, and she thought, ‘He’s going to stay in here the whole year. I’m not going to let that happen. Not on my watch.’”

Mitch Gordon is from upstate New York and lived in Taipei, Taiwan for four years before moving to San Francisco, where he currently resides. Mitch is an entrepreneur, starting a number of companies in the field of education. His most recent company, Go Overseas, helps students research, study, teach, and volunteer abroad through programs around the world. Mitch is currently completing his MBA at the University of California, Berkeley.
says. “I took it for a semester in college,” and after that, jumped at the chance to study Mandarin for a year in Taiwan. Getting on the plane for the first time, he says, “I remember looking at my dad as I’m about to get on the plane, saying, ‘Why are you letting me do this? This is crazy!’” But he boarded the aircraft, and his world flipped upside-down. “You can’t recreate that excited nervousness of living abroad for the first time,” he says. “It’s a great feeling in so many ways. Your senses are heightened, everything is new and amazing and fresh and exciting. I was definitely out of my element, but I embraced it and faced what ended up being a great challenge. And doing that—spending that time abroad—makes you better at anything you do for the rest of your life.” He spent a year in Taiwan, returned home to finish his bachelor’s degree, and went to work for a large firm as a CPA. It didn’t go quite as he’d planned. “I felt like I died a little bit every day on the inside,” he says. “Every day when I got to work, the bars on the spreadsheets felt like bars on a jail. Working 100 hours a week in an office with a tie on just wasn’t what I wanted to do.” After three years, he hit his limit and launched Reach to Teach, which helped line up U.S. teachers with schools in other countries that needed them. “The teachers wanted to make sure they ended up in really good schools, and they often didn’t,” he says. “The company helped them find those good schools. We’re like international H.R.: we do the screening for you.”

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Founder and President, reach to teach and Gooverseas
Mitch Gordon grew up in upstate New York with a constant feeling of wanderlust. “I always knew I wanted to travel,” he says, despite only leaving the country once before he started undergraduate studies at Binghamton University. His father, who Gordon calls “really forward thinking,” encouraged his son to enroll in a Chinese class his senior year of high school. The younger Gordon did, and says the class “really changed my life.” “My dad pushed me to take that instead of Spanish or French or Latin that everybody else was taking,” he

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Leaving Light Footprints
Weathering the Storm
Pathfinders
IUPUI—Choosing Partners Carefully for an Urban Research University
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
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