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                Ideal for students, mid-career and over 50.

International Careers & Volunteering
A Consult is a bridge
from where you are now to where you want to be.

Who are Career Consults helpful to?
  --Recent graduates & students
  --Mid-career shifts & retirees
  --Career/job search
  --People starting enterprises or new directions.
  --People entering or advancing in international work.

"You have a gift for understanding what each of us is searching for." 
Originally our services emphasized international careers & volunteering.
Our reach has expanded. Laid off or out of work? Stuck in the doldrums?
Our Career Services are designed to lift and launch you.

Career Counseling/ Coaching for both domestic & internatioal careers!
How would a Consult help you?
Don't have a job? Make one!
1 or several services may help.
Cover letter & resume overhauls
Practicalities & fees


Stumbling block or stepping stone?
Ann McLaughlin MSW brings 25 years counseling experience to help you:
--identify your strengths & talents to build your foundation
   i.e. dig down to your roots & what excites you to anchor your career or enterprise plan.
--clarify your goals & contribution...
to establish your launching pad
--discuss if/how your ideal fits reality:
   what the needs are here or in other countries;
   "how the game is played" in domestic or international work

--plot the steps & strategies to reach your goals

"Ann thinks both like an architect and a carpenter. She is both a dreamer & a do-er.
  She can imagine what doesn't exist yet & then can help build something new."

Necessity is the Mother of Invention!
 No job? Then make one!
--Ann teaches how to turn your God-given talent into your life work;
   & how to create a successful enterprise.
--Most critical ingredient? Your imagination.
   When you can see it in your mind, you can create it on the ground.
--Enterprises are made of hard work & grow over time.
  Return for your next Consult when you have questions or problems to be solved.

A Consult on your Cover Letter & Resume can be the final step to "getting your foot in the door" to a job.

We offer services "a la carte". Discuss with Ann which services fit best for you.

--Seeking international work? Consult + Roadmap to Resources will save you years of futile frustration.
--Career Counseling is the foundation, a smart first step. The Roadmap lays out the resources for you.
--You may use one or several of our services:
   Consult + Cover Letter & Resume Overhauls; Roadmap + Volunteering.

--We can not help with emotional problems. That is best done with local professional help.

We help you leap.  c.Marvin Scott
--Done by phone or Skype with people all over the world.
--Fee is $75/hr usually paid through Paypal buttons further down this page.
Because more & more people are requesting a series of Career Consults,
   see the price break
that you get at the bottom of this page.

If you  want any or several of the NGOabroad domestic or international services,
   --a Career Consult; Resume or Cover Letter Overhaul; International Volunteering--
1. Please read website
2. Then download Questionnaire from Apply or home page;
    answer Questionnaire briefly, then embed with CV in email to:  info@NGOabroad.com.
3. state clearly which service that you seek
    with your Questionnaire & resume & then we can set up a time.

A one time shot deal or done over time?      
Originally, we did one shot Career Consult and people were launched.
Now some people choose to do
a series of Career Consults so that we can we can bolster your progress.
A Career Consult is international career counseling and like career counseling it makes sense to do it over time.

More & more job seekers, not just those seeking international careers, but those seeking work closer to home
come to us for Career Consults and also for the Cover Letter, Resume & Interview help.

Let's discuss what fits best for you.

Ann says: "I have had so many people rave lately about my Career Counseling for both domestic & international careers.
People say they like my candor; how penetrating & lively I am.  I get new graduates, mid-life or "re-treads" -
people who rather than retire are getting their 2nd wind & want to fulfull long dormant life dreams.  I want to do more of it!
I am a Career Coach: I think my strength is helping people who feel lost or bewildered or discouraged make a difference.
I believe each of us was born to make a contribution.  I help discover what that is & how to make it happen."

    "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Testimonials: Career Consultations

Non-Profit Executive Director
"As an experienced NGO executive, I am looking for a way to use my skills overseas. Ann seems to hear what I have
to say before I speak the words with an uncanny ability to see through my forest of confusion and indecision.
I believe I have found a support person for this exciting transition. Tremendously helpful."

                                                                                                                           Portland, USA                                 

Water and Wastewater
"Ann has an uncanny ability to drill down and bring to light that which I know to be true -- a passion pursued is a destiny fulfilled.  I couldn't get to sleep after our consult considering the possibilities."
                                                                                                                         Brian Standley
                                                                                                                         Mississippi, USA

Entering International Development Work
"Speaking to Ann was terrific: she helped me to see doors that I never knew were there; she challenged me to think in new ways.  I really felt that Ann understood me and where I want to go. Most important, she had great ideas on how to get there."


I Have a Dream: The Rectification of Justice
In our intake, I asked Brashawna what she wanted to do. " I want to work on the rectification of justice in Spanish speaking countries and then come home and work on it in Atlanta."  Overcoming adversity, Brashawna went on to Law School.

"I must say, I've never encountered anyone so determined to help me achieve my life long goals. 
My relationship with Ann lasted for a little over a year. At first I was unsure of what exactly I was hoping to achieve in getting involved. Ann made sure I was ready and willing before starting
the process. She was very resourceful in providing programs and countries that suited my interests. She provided me with a wealth of information. I never knew so many opportunities existed that
were so perfect for me. Now I am able to pursue my dreams."

                                                                                     Brashawna Funderburg
                                                                                     Atlanta, USA


"Ann, I've spoken to more than a few Career Counselors and I have found none to be as useful as yours.  I appreciate not only your investment in my success, but your client specific approach to Career Counseling.  For the first time, I felt like someone was really listening to what I want out of my career and responding to me with unique approaches that would help me get what I want."  
                                                                                                                          ZR, New York City, USA

From Architect to International Development
Ann: Your extraordinary guidance allowed me to stretch and reach for what I wanted rather than settling for mediocrity.

After two shorts weeks of active job searching I have an interview for a choice position. Thank you!
                                                                                                                                                            H. Geib,

From Marketing Pharmaceuticals to Marine Biology
"Ann is full of first hand advice and targets what you need. Her years long experience are clearly heard through  the conversation. She gives you clear step by step hints and is checking whether you follow. She helps with the ultimate goal: success for you."

                                                                                                                          Darja Ribaric, Slovenia

Physical Therapy/Occupational Rehabilitation Center& Wheelchair Manufacturing Shop

When Dutch came to me he said, "I am 60. I have done wheelchair projects in Rwanda, Afghanistan & Vietnam. I want to devote the rest of my life to wheelchair projects. I love Ghana but I am stuck in putting an enduring project together. Can I schedule a Consult
& get resources?" Dutch emailed 2 months later about progress & how NGOabroad helped:

"After two trips to Ghana I had still not gotten my contacts and organizations to mesh and work together.  I had hit a wall and needed some new direction.  After consulting with Ann  I was able to think in a new direction and make contacts that made things happen.  Today I expect to have a Physical Therapy/Occupational Rehabilitation Center and Wheelchair Manufacturing Shop in operation before the end of the year.
                                                                                                 Dutch Meyer
                                                                                                 Seattle, USA

"I dream for his mobility &  for the respect, dignity & chance at self sufficiency that mobility brings into his life. I dream all of this because I believe that dream is possible."


Consult on a New Enterprise 
"Ann, In a world where so many people are so confused about WHAT to do or HOW to do what they want to do, you have proven to me that NGOabroad is the right door to knock. Besides enlightening and inspiring me, you have trained me on how to go about my project. Words can't express how grateful I am. Your reward is with God."

                                                                                                                                       Ernie, Cameroon


NGOabroad's mission?    To help citizens & grassroots organizations do amazing things.
From Social-Worker-in-the-Trenches to Realizing Her Dream

"Wow, Ann you really help spark my lighter. 
Before I had my consultation with you my career dreams
were like a Zippo without a flint.
Now you help me reignite my personal goals and aspirations. 
I am so ready to get my ball rolling and my flame a burning. 
Thank you so much for your insight and genuine listening ear.  
You have a true gift thank for sharing it with me."

                                                                   Cecelia Rich 
                                                                   Richmond, USA

Considering Career Paths
"Using an impressive store of knowledge, Ann was able to provide an in-depth assessment of my strongest attributes and toughest personality challenges in a short amount of time.  Her suggestions were so original and yet so right-on, that I was surprised I'd never thought of them myself.  After we engaged in the Career Consultation, I was thinking outside the box I'd been in; I feel much more confident about my abilities to navigate the possibilities before me. Thank you Ann!"

                                                                                                                                            Amanda Yoder
                                                                                                                                            Philadelphia, USA

Entering International Development
 "If you are looking for new perspectives in your job search, Ann is the one to talk with.  She a natural at transforming an overwhelming situation into a manageable one."
                                                                                                                                        Danielle Prince
                                                                                                                                        Seattle, USA

"Ann definitely knows her stuff. She took the time to understand my needs and my passion. She lays out what will work and what won't. The one hour dialogue with her was worth every dollar I spent. I now feel I have a concrete career path to pursue and I do not feel so limited in my options anymore. I can't believe it! things are so much clearer now. I know exactly what to do to get to the next level. This Consult is definitely a must if you're job searching or changing careers".

Esther Ndegwa
                                                                                       Nairobi, Kenya

Executive Director. Fundraising. Grant Writing

“I am overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of materials you have sent me and your ability to help someone take leaps of faith and to embark on a new direction.
We all say the same thing in our testimonial: that you have a gift for understanding what each of us is searching for." 

My first contact with Ann was very positive. I felt that she heard who I was and what I wanted and didn’t tell me to be realistic or to change myself to fit what was available. My first few listings arrived with copious notes in red with Ann’s suggestions and comments about each job, the inside skinny, the culture and how best to present myself. Since the first listing she sent had a deadline just a few days away, Ann also provided a line-by-line critique of my resume and cover letter. I have no illusions about working abroad. It’s very competitive. But with Ann, I have a fighting chance."

                                                                                                                                     Helen Gundlach
                                                                                                                                     Portland, OR, USA

Empowerment of Women
"I have been searching endlessly for a website that provides honest (tough-love) advice for people who want to gain work and volunteer experience abroad that matches their personal interests, skills & values.  The fact that my Career Consult was with a real person who had carefully read my questionnaire answers and resume left me feeling excited to carry on a conversation about my future
professional pursuits with someone who has clearly "been there" and understands the ways international humanitarian employment operates.  I am wary of one-size-fits-all volunteer programs, and my consultation with Ann served as a  powerful reinforcement of how vital it is to thoughtfully construct a personal game-plan."
                                                                                  Sarah Gold
                                                                                  Stuttgart, Germany

                                            c. Diane Loviglio

Development Work in Africa

"The consult session with you was an excellent masterpiece. Your thorough knowledge of the intricacies in career building in international development is just amazing. I now feel confident in identifying the right buttons to press in my journey to making a lasting career in International Development. Thank you Ann."

                                                                                                                                   Paul Amara MSW
                                                                                                                                   Sierra Leone

From Messy Heap of Interests to How to Reach My Goals

"Ann mi ha aiutato a fare chiarezza nel complicato groviglio dei miei interessi e a concentrarmi sul raggiungimento dei miei obiettivi. = Ann helped me in shedding a light on the messy heap of my interests and in focusing on how to reach my goals."

                                                                                                                                             Giulio. Genoa, Italy


"NGOabroad is a fantastic service for anyone wanting to work internationally, be it paid or volunteer work. Before I came across the website my ideas were pretty vague. I wanted to be of service to people somewhere in the world but I didn't really know the best way to go about it. I was also operating on a lot of assumptions about the places I did and didn't want to go, about what kinds of opportunities were open to me. I was very impressed by Ann, her honest optimism  (no sugarcoating but no dire warnings) and her curiosity about me and my goals are as well as her obvious dedication. We discussed at length my interests and skills, where and what areas I was interested in pursuing and what my options were- and all this before she drew up my list (129 pages worth of opportunities). Her service enabled me (and required me) to identify clearly what I wanted; she also offered me some suggestions I hadn't considered before. Her insight into and knowledge of the world and non-profit organizations is invaluable. I now have a much clearer idea of what opportunities are out there for me (more in number and variety than I had thought), and just as important, I have a real understanding of where I can best contribute my skills and energies towards truly helping others in this world.  I consider the service a bargain. I feel vastly more prepared and informed - and very grateful."
                                                                                                                                            Simone Pfeiffer
                                                                                                                                           Montreal, Canada


 Director of an International Women's Organization
"I recommend NGOabroad to anyone seeking to volunteer or work in another country. Ann provided me with specific ideas on how to highlight my experiences to align with what employers are looking for. The consult was a catalyst: I've found new ways of building contacts and networks. As someone who has some experience in working and traveling overseas, I was looking for critical feedback on my resume and real-world, concrete ideas on enhancing my employment opportunities. I received both during my consult with Ann."

                                                                                     Sarah Baird
                                                                               Charleston, USA

Organizational and Leadership Development
"Ann was very valuable to me in exploring my next steps both professionally and personally. Her thoughtful consultation helped me to clarify my own values and desires and also educated me about my marketability and prospects in working abroad. The resources she provided me were thorough, varied, and highly relevant to my stated desires and interests."
                                                                                                                                                Dana Brenner
                                                                                                                                                  Seattle, USA

Payments for Career Consultations

Intake: 1.5 hrs
save $75 $110

1 session
save $50 $75*

4 sessions
save $220 $280

6 sessions
save $335 $415

8 sessions
save $445 $555

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*Most counseling sessions in the community are $125/hr. Your savings above are calculated from this.
Please do not pay by eCheck because then we must delay your appointment while it clears.
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