• Jon Santangelo

    From Asheville to Asia


    Experienced In

    • Startups 
    • PR & Branding
    • International Education 
    • Events

    Jon is an active promoter of cross-cultural exchanges, whether for educational purposes or specialized travel. His passion is connecting both the Western & Eastern outbound travel market with unforgettable experiences abroad.


    Best Google Keywords: "Jon Santangelo China" or "Jon Santangelo Travel"


    Brands Jon's Worked With

    • Consumer: Rockstar Energy Drink, NFL (China)
    • NGO: BOSSA, WWF World Wildlife Fund, US-China Strong Foundation
    • Tech: VIPKID, Qihoo 360 (FicFun Inc,), Wimdu
    • Hospitality: BVLGARI Hotels, Doubletree by Hilton, Shangri-la, and top resorts in the Philippines.
  • Speaking

    List of organizations & locations of previous speaking engagements

    AAE Higher Ed Recruitment Fairs


    Access American Education (AAE) is an AIRC certified, full service education consulting agency that hosts Vietnam's top student recruitment expos.


    USA & China

    AIESEC is the world's largest global non-profit youth-run organization that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships, and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe.

    UK Visas & Immigration


    UK Visas and Immigration is a division of the Home Office responsible for the United Kingdom's visa system. It was formed in 2013 from the section of the UK Border Agency that had administered the visa system.

    ETN Educators Training Network


    ETN Focus Workshops are boutique agent fairs offering a unique, personalised and innovative networking experience. We bring a human touch into international student recruitment.



    ICEF brings together international educators, industry service providers and carefully screened student recruitment agents at networking events around the world, helping them to create strategic partnerships and increase international student enrolments.

    Languages Canada


    Languages Canada is Canada’s national language education association representing more than 210 private and public members that offer accredited English and French programs.



    Student Marketing is a United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Affiliate Member, with individual memberships in the world research association ESOMAR,



    WEBA (World Educate Business Association) is the umbrella organisation and international voice for Education Business Partnerships working around the world. It is a membership organisation with a growing number of Associate and Business Members

  • Grassroots and Rebrandings​

    Project Launches 2006 - Current


    • 2006: College Thursdays Nightclub Promotions in North Carolina, USA 
    • 2007-09: Rockstar Energy Drink in North Carolina, USA
    • 2011: Wimdu.com (Airbnb direct competitor), China
    • 2011: NFL China's first American football game, Beijing vs Shanghai, China 
    • 2012-14: YCC China Hospitality Internship Program, China
    • 2014-now: BOSSA International Membership Association, China
    • 2016-17: VIPKID & US-China Strong Foundation, Public-Private Partnership
    • 2017-18: Qihoo 360 subsidiary FicFun Inc., App and Site Launch, China - Global 
    • 2016-now: Chariot Destination Wedding Travel, Philippines & China 


    Chariot is an international travel & wedding planning company that caters to newlyweds and soon to be married couples. Discover the romantic tropical paradises of the Philippines and soon to be other southeast Asian destinations. We specialize in destination wedding planning, honeymoon travel, vowel renewals or pre-wedding photography tours.

    Co-founder, PR & Partnership Development

    Sept 2016 - Present





    The Beijing Overseas Study Service Association

    Composed of 220 international education agencies, it's China's leading and largest professional association. BOSSA has served 60 international institutions and companies in business development services. in 2017, BOSSA was nominated for Association of the Year by PIE (Professionals in Education) Media.

    Spokesperson, former Communications Director

    April 2014 - Present





  • Mentions

    Features, interviews, commentaries and contributions.

    Can This Online Course Get Me a Job?


    The Stories of IRL Eloise: People Who Live in Hotels


    Are Online Graduate And Professional Programs A Scam Or An Opportunity?


    Chinese seek U.S. college admission at any price


    How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Overseas


    China Steps Up Efforts to Lure Academic Talent From Overseas


    U.S. colleges seek to combat fraudulent applications

    Paradise by the Weekend: Rent your own island (April/May 2017 Print Magazine)


    Chinese lovers are going places


    Chinese Wedding Tourism Isn’t About Weddings


    What Chinese Consumers Want in a Dream Destination Wedding

    The Most Epic Sections of the Great Wall of China


    China: Talent drive looks to bring in international students



    The Secret to Finding Your Next Job, Cofounder, or Mentor: Volunteering


    15+ Extra Curricular Activities to Boost Your College Resume


    Hai Life Magazine: An American Who Officiates Chinese Weddings


    As Seen On TV Fitness Products: Are They Worth It?


    The Culture Trip: Authors

    Jon Santangelo

    (All published articles)


    View from the desk of: Jon Santangelo, Association Q&A


    MEET & GREET: Jon Santangelo, The Chariot Company

    Road tripping through the natural wonders of Bohol


    Boracay Guide: Best Hotels, Things to Do, Where to Eat, and Top Tips

    Better half | Asia Weekly

    Getting hitched the way they want






    HNA Hai Life Magazine: April 2018 edition:

    Beijing's Priciest Hotel is its Most Novel




    A guide to Boracay for first timers (April 2017 Print Magazine)


    Why Finding an Apartment is a Challenge for Chinese Students in the US

    China Student Recruitment Problems – Q & A With 5 Experts


    7 Pros & 6 Cons to Living and Working Remotely in Makati, Manila Philippines


    Dining in China: Essential Etiquette and Customs to Know (unaccredited source)


    ICEF-BOSSA qualification primed as China’s international education advising standard

    Non-EU agents feel bounce from post-Brexit weaker pound


    Chinese students at “disadvantage” in US jobs market


    Beijing eases policy for internships, post-study work in China’s tech centre

    First time audits of Beijing agencies to be made public

    How have the new SELT rules at sub-degree level impacted the UK sector?

    Overseas education demand unstirred amid China slowdown

    StudentMarketing & BOSSA MoU on China study opps


    China: BOSSA, Vericant team up to combat fraud


    China: 100 agents certified by BOSSA, ICEF


    Trade deal gives Australia access to China's universities

    Agents and educators concerned about UK test capacity

    Q&A Agency Association:

    Jon Santangelo from BOSSA in China


    Bossa promoting verification services


    BOSSA issues warning over copyright infringement


    East West Sports

    China Tackles American Football



    Articles & Anecdotes

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