to help you make a difference!
more real. more rewarding. more frugal.
|A Consult is a bridge
from where you are now to where you want to be.
Consults are helpful to people:
- entering or
advancing in humanitarian or international work.
- in transition:
recent graduates; mid-career shifts; preparing to retire.
- starting or struggling with new
enterprises or programs.
"You have a gift for
understanding what each of us is searching for."
McLaughlin MSW brings 25 years counseling experience to help:
- identify your strengths--your
- examine dreams & what excites you--your
- clarify goals & design strategies.
- write powerful cover letters &
resumes to "get your foot in the door."
Unique! We engage skilled volunteers to tackle the grittiest challenges of
When the people lead, the leaders will follow.
democracy and civil society
strengthening the right to speak the truth
---transforming the role of women
---eradicating poverty, through education, micro-loans & policy shifts
build sustainable organizations
build capacity. "hand ups vs hand-outs."
health care in under-served areas
the quality of life: water, sanitation & solar
the lives of refugees
Click on each regional name to see the current volunteer programs
If there is a region or expertise
not covered by our volunteer programs, then commission a Roadmap to
Personalized Guide: Roadmap to International Resources
What is a Guide: Roadmap to Resources?
~50-150 page goldmine that will open up the world for you.
Has many files which reflect the many angles that you can approach
E.g. A social worker said "I have experience in the ER & with
children. I would like to do disaster work.
My real strength is helping people reach their potential." "Oh, in
international work, that is called Capacity Building."
9 files for this social worker: e.g. Crisis, Capacity Building,
Children, Health, Expenses Paid & more
you really opened my eyes to the possibilities!
You looked at things from such different angles that entirely
new options were opened up for my skills."
overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of materials you have sent me."
A Guide: Roadmap to Resources is well suited to people:
who are want to know where to find paid international work
- who have a special request
"I need help
finding internships possibilities."
Vietnam with the Baby Lift....I want to go back."
"I am an
accountant. I want to find paid humanitarian work."
- or special needs
"I am blind.
I have set up programs so I would like to help set up
programs in other countries. I do fine with my cane."
"We are a family of
4. Where would it be safe & fun for the kids?"
© Fred Clarke
Lebanese Boy with Peacekeeper
What a Roadmap of Resources
that want to enter international work, but do not know how.
sequences the opportunities from entry level to advanced,
tailored to your skills & experience
shows how international work is organized, "how the game is
the Roadmap can
show the way to achieve a personal dream or goal.
identifies where your skills are needed &
matches you to the proper level
of experience so you can make a real contribution
integrates critical knowledge
of host's needs;
of world events and cultures
introduces exciting organizations to work with and their
through reams of information & determine what appeals to you.
You send a
resume & cover letter to the places that you like.
This proactive approach is one way of "getting your foot in the
The better that
you know their needs and can help them with their dilemmas,
more appealing you will be.
See What Color is your Parachute? by Dick Bolles.
Personalized Guide: Roadmap of Resources
vs. Partners' Volunteer
Guide was our original service. The
volunteer programs were developed due to popular request.
What is the difference between The Roadmap of International
Resources and a Volunteer program?
- A Roadmap is custom fit to your skills, desires and goals.
e.g "I want to work with autistic children in Malta." "I want to find a
or conflict resolution organization to sponsor me in the Ukraine." See the Amazing! page to
see the range
of amazing requests that we have fielded.
- A Roadmap is wrapped around your needs; a Partner's Program is wrapped around
the needs of the organization that you Partner with.
- A Roadmap is a wealth of information. It gives you a broad "lay of the land":
how and where your skills could be used internationally.
a Roadmap, you get more options, but you must do the legwork & make
- With the Partners programs, more is
certain & arranged for you.
Busy people have said that they need the legwork done for them.
- We are now building more certainty into
we include several organizations that there is a high likelihood of
accepting you. (99%)
This, of course, depends on your specialty & experience.
in other volunteer programs, our Partners will host you, pick
you up at the airport,
and arrange home stays. We encourage home stays
the personal interactions are a
precious part of your stay and because
give you an inside view of what life is like in that culture.
How does NGOabroad compare to most voluntary organizations?
most volunteer programs
competent, confident people
people who want more structure
NGOabroad links you to grassroots organizations that
truly need your skills, so the playing field is The Real
World with many opportunities.
is more challenging... and more rewarding. It is closer to how
The Real World works and how people get international work.
for experienced, resourceful people who can “take the ball and
run with it” in making their own arrangements and in the service
believes setting up your own program is a vital first step in
acculturating and preparing to serve.
It's a natural
selection process: "If you can't email Dushanbe, you'd probably
get lost in Tajikistan."
discourage this for the above reasons, the NGOabroad team will
help you make your arrangements. Cost is $20/hour.)
helps strengthen your competence and confidence with support
Mentoring or a
Cultural Consultation are often all that you need to shift from
overwhelmed to “ready to go.”
work & travel experience
fit for those
with less experience
is custom-fit to your
skills, interests and goals
are offered in modules so you can buy them "a la carte"
and set up your own "program"