About Us

We are a team of passionate wanderers changing the way people study abroad and explore.

How did we start? Who are we? Scroll below to learn about our story.

A Better Way to Study Abroad

Rayka refers to the Icelandic word for “wander,” similar to their capital city of Reykjavik. We are hoping to tap into this theme of wanderlust by allowing students to “explore socially” and see the favorite places of past students and of their friends. If you are starting a new semester or summer abroad, simply open the Rayka app and see what places past students recommend. With Rayka, finding great places to go during your time abroad has never been easier.

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The Future of Wanderlust

Rayka refers to the Icelandic word for “wander,” similar to their capital city of Reykjavik. We are hoping to tap into this theme of wanderlust by allowing people to “explore socially” and see the favorite places of their friends. If you are in a new city, simply open the Rayka app and see what your friends recommend- or, see what the public likes and have the ability to sort among demographics, such as age, gender, just locals, and more. With Rayka, social exploration is given a new meaning. 

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Rayka Founder

A Simple Idea

Our founder studied abroad in the beautiful city of Salamanca during the fall of 2014, but he was the only student from his college studying there. Thus, through the entire semester, he struggled to find ways to contact other students and find good student recommendations: only by the end of his semester did he feel like he had a solid grasp on great places to go. Thus, the idea for Rayka was born- to fix this simple but widespread problem.

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Rayka Founder

A Simple Idea

Our founder traveled a lot in his early years (38 countries and 42 states), and every time he traveled, he’d always try to find out which of his friends had been there and what they recommended. Likewise, his peers constantly asked him about his favorite spots and for travel advice, leading to the point of frustration where he wondered why there wasn’t a simple platform where all of this could be shared. Hence, the idea for Rayka was born. 

A Visionary Future

Rayka will become the go-to-platform for study abroad students. Anytime a student is in a foreign city wondering “Where should I go?”, Rayka will be able to quickly and easily provide the answer. We won’t spoil the surprise by telling you any of the updates, improvements, and new features we have planned, but let’s just say that it’s going to be sweet. Whether you are are already abroad or hoping to go abroad, Rayka is the best way to find the best spots for students during your time away. 

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A Visionary Future

Rayka will become the go-to-platform for whenever someone is wondering “Where should I go?” We won’t spoil the surprise with telling you any of the updates, improvements, and new features we have planned, but let’s just say that it’s going to be sweet. Whether hoping to find a new spot in your own city, in a new city, or anywhere in the globe, Rayka will be the platform for finding just the best the world has to offer. 

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