Custom-Fit International Service

Founder and Director - Ann McLaughlin

Ann McLaughlin, Founder and Director

What inspired the birth of
NGOabroad? Upon return from work in the Balkans, friends and colleagues asked me how to find international work. I realized that many people dream of serving abroad but have
no idea how to accomplish that.

I am well suited for this work: I am fascinated by world cultures and have extensive knowledge of regional history and current events which is critical to preparing others for work abroad. I have traveled in other parts of the world, much of it by bicycle - Ireland, Scotland, England, Switzerland, and France; Mexico, Guatemala and Belize; Japan and China; India and Sri Lanka; Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia; Turkey and Greece; and South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. Like most world travelers, I am an adventurer: an avid mountaineer, bicycler and kayaker.

Most importantly, for the last ten years, I have been accumulating resources. I am the kind of person who must know the "Big Picture" before I zero in. (You learn the usefulness of this as a counselor.) So I  researched culture, history and current events for four books: Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (the former Soviet Union), Africa, Latin America, and global future trends. This research informs what I offer you.

As a Social Worker with 25 years of experience, I am deeply committed to humanitarian work. Social Workers have earned their reputation of knowing the resources. I am no exception. I know hundreds of international grassroots organizations and NGO's (non-government organizations). With nGoAbroad, I serve as a career counselor matching your skills, interests and goals to humanitarian needs. The creation of nGoAbroad is the integration of Ann McLaughlin, Social Worker and my fascination with world cultures, history, and events. In my youth, I wanted to change the world. Now I want to enable many people to change the world; I want to harness your talents and contribution.  It is tremendously exciting work.  I look forward to working together. Ann McLaughlin signature

Our Partners in our Volunteer Programs are an important new part of our team. Many of our Partners are colleagues that we have already been working closely with and come to deeply trust & respect. Specific information about the Host organizations and the Directors is given to you when you
apply for a Volunteer Program.


Mary Ellen Walker,             International Advisor

We are lucky to have Mary Ellen on the team. She has touched almost every corner of the planet and she has a extensive understanding of world cultures and world events.

A firm believer in carrying only one rucksack so that it will fit on your lap on the bus, Mary Ellen can advise which materials dry overnight after washing them in the sink, when to pay a bribe, how to avoid diseases and maximize safety, and more... Very valuable information.

By providing essential information and insights, Mary Ellen can allay pre-departure jitters, fill in the gaps in your knowledge and get you ready to go!

To schedule a consultation with Mary Ellen,
call 1-877-237-1965 or email

Cultural Consultants

Daran Kravanh, Cambodia,                                         
       Author of Music through the Dark
Chan Pongkhamsing, Laos
Shanika Weerasundara,  Sri Lanka
Fadjar Thufail, Indonesia                    
Emilija Raicevic, Serbia (Jugoslavija)
Irina Florov, Bulgaria
Inna Condrea, Moldovia
Masha Marcy, CIS (Russia)
Reluca David, Romania
Orla Beggs, Northern Ireland
Ivan Hernandez, Mexico
Nelly Grant, Nicaragua
Valeria Lawning, Chile                                                 Wenani Nakokunya Kizito, Kenya
Ernie Chi Cho, Cameroon
Vatalis Nwaorie, South Africa
Nan Hammett, Senegal                                                   Sarah Farah, Somalia
Sarah Zweig, Jordan

Consultants for India, Iran, and Mongolia chose to     not have their names on the Web.

To schedule an appointment with a Cultural Consultant, call 1-877-237-1965  (Pacific time) toll free in Canada, US and the Caribbean or email info@

Team!!                  StandupCambodia

 Behind the Scenes

Thanks to the team behind the scenes!
Kim Johnson, Business Consultant
Robin Standish, Organizational Consultant
Gerald L. Zyskowski, Business Boss
Jay Borseth, Webhacker
Dorothy & Craig McGee, Ministers of Admin

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See the World
"Through the Eyes of Children", orphanage in Rwanda
Photography of Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli
Photography of Fred Clarke
Harsh Realities: Photography of Robert Semeniuk
Photography of Jeroen Neele

ACE Cycling and Mountaineering (Balkans)
AlojArgentina: Travel and Tourism Argentina
AlpineElements: European Activity Holidays
Boots N All
Connected Traveler
Crooked Trails Eco Tours
Down the Road
Perceptive Travel
Travel Directory, UK
Wide World of Books                                                                            

Peace Links
Professional Women of Color Network
Boomer Women Speak
International Trading Portal for Women
Transitions Abroad's extensive resource list for women
Women's Business Directory
Women's Calendar
World Pulse Magazine
"Women Speak about Growing Older
      in a Youth-Oriented Society"

BEAN Business and Engineering Activists Network
Caucasus Environmental NGO Network
Center for Social Development, Brown School
      of Social Work, Washington University
Compassionate Listening in Middle East
Conflict Resolution Information
Diversity Working
The Global Chicago Center of the
      Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
International Student
International Young Professionals Foundation
Mercy Corps
Mobility International
Nabuur: The Global Neighbor Network
Rotarians for Hearing Regeneration
Saving Women's Lives
Search for Common Ground
Social Work World
South African Society for the Prevention
       of Child Abuse and Neglect
WarChild Canada
WarChild Netherlands

Global Education
Africa Focus: news
Africa Institute of South Africa
allAfrica: news
Central Asia Pages
Community Organizing training
Culturosity: "Grow Your Global Mind"
Eastern Europe and Russia
Human Rights Watch: great coverage of current socio-political situations
India's History and culture
International Crisis Group
International Forum on Globalization
John Esposito's site on Islam
Latin American Network Information Center
Middle East Network Information Center
North American Congress on Latin America
Vietnamese Culture

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