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Troy Peden, GoAbroad’s founder, began design and research for the site while heading the study abroad program at the University of Colorado at Denver. Troy studied deaf education at Illinois State University and worked with handicapped refugees in Europe for the completion of his practical training. After earning a graduate degree in International Studies at the University of Colorado at Denver, he continued his studies with a doctoral program in education policy.
Troy has directed several non-profit international organizations and his extensive travel includes studying, working, and volunteering abroad throughout Europe and Russia, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Troy still works very closely with the NGO he helped found in Southeast Asia; current projects include the construction of several community centers in the Philippines and ongoing support for a street children project. Troy sits on several advisory boards and editorial boards and is the founder and former owner of International Education Programs. He resides in the mountains of Colorado with his wife, five children, his dog and daily houseguests from around the world.