International Careers & Volunteering
1. Please embed answered Questionnaire & resume in 1st email.
If you don't have a resume, a bare bones outline will do.
Questionnaire is essential to matching you to international
Entering international service, whether paid or
is more like applying for a job: you have to be qualified--
your life, work & international experience determine good matches.
That's why we ask to see your resume &
questions through email correspondence, please.
We connect your skills
to humanitarian needs. @irin
Please send partial Questionnaire even if
you are just asking questions vs applying!
It helps to know these things about you in order to answer
Tell us what you
are looking for and important variables in your decision making.
It is helpful to get your
"big picture" rather than your narrowed choices.
As our email correspondence zeroes in on what NGOabroad services
fit for you,
then we do a brief intake over the phone to confirm what
3. Select Services
1a. When we have determined a good volunteer program for you,
you purchase the first packet of information.
1b. Simultaneously, I send your Questionnaire & resume to our
to consider if your skills & experience match
1c. At this time you also
sign, scan & send the Disclaimer.
If both the volunteer and in-country Director vote "yes" to
final packet of information. (next $300)
2b. If in-country Director or Volunteer think that it is not a
then the first $300 already paid is applied to another
Important: acceptance by
in-country Director has never been a problem
as Ann works closely with
Partner organization and knows their needs.
We have choices not stated
on the Volunteer pages. Send your info & we can see what fits.
CONSULT & ROADMAP TO RESOURCES
Most people that are entering or advancing in international work,
start with a Career Consult.
You pre-pay for
the first hour of Consult via Paypal buttons below.
If we talk longer than an hour, you pay the remainder
right after the Consult
By the end of the Consult, some people decide to get
via one of our more challenging international programs.
Others that are ready to utilize a Roadmap.
pay Paypal to launch Ann into the making of the Roadmap.
It is ideal to commission a Roadmap on the heels of the Consult
as Ann's brain will be firing with ideas during the
Consult. Seize the time!
Send your Questionnaire to us when you are
"ready to roll".
It is to your advantage to do Consult & commission a Roadmap early in the week.
Why? A Roadmap takes
~20-30 hours to make. Grab Ann's most creative, unfettered time.
Scan & also send the disclaimer by postal mail so
that there is time to "mull" & add angles.
Turn-around time depends on the backlog of requests.
a pulse on the planet.
Determined to do
help make your dreams a reality.
want to be Batman at age 4?
Crazy! but we can help you
with the steps to that goal.
There are 2 things that you must take care of to get services:
1. you must pay for services. Paypal is used by most people.
2. the Legal Disclaimer must be in Ann's hands before she can
send information to you.
Ann will email you the disclaimer after you have paid.
Sign, scan and send the original Disclaimer by regular postal
signed disclaimer by regular postal mail to:
P.O. Box 2034
Almost always we also ask you
to scan it.
Explanation: People have been confused
because there are several Paypal buttons, assuming that they
have to select all
of the services. Not so. This is like a menu at a
You don't have to order & eat everything on the menu. In our
initial emails and in the intake, let's discuss which
services are most suited to your interests & goals.
You can pay by credit card when you pay via Paypal.
International Volunteer Programs
From simple to challenging volunteer
programs in Asia, Africa & the Americas. Home stay included.
Looking for a Volunteer Vacation or to Volunteer Abroad? We
offer more real & challenging. More frugal.
Discussion about which Volunteer Program
fits best for you is free of charge
if the intake is less than the usual 20 minutes.
Longer intakes are pro-rated at our hourly fee, $50/hr.
See FAQ regarding
how an intake differs from a Consult.
This initiates our legwork with Director that you wish to be considered by.
Ann sends you a packet of information to ponder
while our Director reviews your resume & Questionnaire.
If in-country Director or Volunteer think that it is not a good fit,
then the $300 already paid is applied to another
This $300 is non-refundable.
Now you get contact info & any further questions answered.
(If you are going to volunteer at more than one site,
Registration and Acceptance fees apply to each separate organization.)
$150 to Partner Organization
Pay Director when you first have a few
moments in private.
This is for the work that director does to host
Fee is $200 for organizations who come across their country to get you.
$12/day for home stay + meals
This price is the agreement
that we have with most of our Partners
to try to keep costs down for
(Directors have said $12/day does not cover
costs so fee may go up in 2012)
Some of our Partners have different accommodations or meal
Some serve only one meal. One does not charge for room &
We can discuss particulars if you are interested in a certain program.
Click here to convert fees to your own
If you do not see a
volunteer program that fits for you, commission a Roadmap.
If you have special needs, then ask Ann about possibilities.
You want to volunteer in Africa?
Questionnaire is critical to determine fit.
"When the people lead,
the leaders will follow."
2 x $50 for
Travel Consult if you are volunteering in Africa.
Why is this important? People have said this 2 hour Consult, which
emphasizes health & safety,
covers more critical material than 2 months of Peace Corps orientation!
"I wish I had the benefit of Mary Ellen's expertise for all of my
previous trips! It would saved me a lot of time and money. The
information she provides is just the right amount. I actually feel more
empowered than before. And she knows of resources that I never would
have found out about on my own. A most useful and
highly recommended consultation."
Denise Larkin; Encinitas, USA
We believe there is
much work to do...
$50/hr Travel Consult
We believe: you can undertake all kinds
of adventures if you are properly prepared.
Mary Ellen's Travel Consults have proven so valuable
that people have asked if Mary Ellen can answer further
questions after the Consult.
Yes, such post-Consult assistance is available on pro-rated
$75/hour Career Consults
with Ann McLaughlin MSW
Ann specializes in helping people
enter or advance in international development work.
Most aspiring international workers start with Career
Consult. Smart move.
Later, if you are stalled in your career pursuits, schedule additional Career Consults.
You pay for Career Consults at the bottom
We now offer price reductions for people getting a series of Career
"I've spoken to other
Career Counselors and I have found none to be as useful as yours."
"Ann brought a depth and breadth of experience, insight and knowledge to
my international job search. I never could have achieved this on my
Roadmap to Resources
a guide to the resources to fulfill your goals.
give you the raw materials, you make it happen!
Tap our expertise & vast resource base to:
enter or advance
in international development;
fulfill personal dreams
or unusual requests.
$300 Regular Roadmap
This fee pays for the 10-35 hours it takes to create a personalized
and the 15
years of Research & Development to create the original database.
Variance about what is on a Roadmap.
Different skills + different locations = different
$350 Roadmap for
Paid, Complex or Couples' Resources
These Roadmaps require more time
Your skills & experience determine if you qualify for a Paid Roadmap. Ask Ann.
A Paid Roadmap includes current job openings, the organizations to watch
for openings, and beginning, entry opportunities.
...that is why we are
asking for your help.
Resume or Cover Letter Overhauls
can be time-consuming but critical to get your foot-in-the-door in international work.
Ann: "I believe the cover letter makes or breaks you. It's the first
thing they read."
"The cover letter consult was worth every penny.
Ann really knows her stuff!"
You get incredible bang for your buck here.
Whether you are pursuing
international volunteering or work,
there are few services like NGOabroad. The closest cousin
charges $2,000 for 3 choices.
Most one-size-fits-all international voluntary programs cost $3,000 for
Our Partners Volunteer Programs cost 1/4th that price.
More affordable services. More real,
We have affordable fees for our regular services,
and offer pro-rated fees if you wish additional time or
Here's how we save costs to provide frugal services:
The Questionnaire was designed to save you
the price of us "extracting" all the critical information
No receptionist, small staff.
That's why we ask you to not call
We are on the
phone delivering services.
Please tell us 2-4 hour blocks of time when you can be reached.
We do most
Consults & return most calls after 3pm Pacific time.
is the frugal alternative that directs you where you will truly
make a difference.
NGOabroad is a Limited Liability Company (LLC)