Why Gap Years Are Essential For Those Who Don’t Think They Need One
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Why Gap Years Are Essential For Those Who Don’t Think They Need One

Today’s post comes from Michelle Kincaid, a 2013 Omprakash Ambassador Grant recipient and worked in Lima, Peru with Partner, Building Dignity. She will begin pursuing a BA in International Relations with a pre-med track at Syracuse University this fall. We chose this post because of Michelle’s humble expression of her careful self-reflection, not to mention … Continue reading »

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Gaining Perspective
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Gaining Perspective

I have learned now that with any volunteer experience, you have to go into it with the right perspective. My students need a volunteer that does not see them as victims, but rather they need someone who challenges them to be victimless. I saw in the seventh grades resolutions that they have summited the highest peaks. They will face their obstacles head on with hands of steel because the children at Shanti Bhavan are not only conquering mountains, but one day they’ll move mountains. Continue reading »

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Ready or Not, Here Comes Change
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Ready or Not, Here Comes Change

I realized in January of this year that I don’t want to live my life according to the system. The system in the Western World says we go to school from the age of five through eighteen. Then we move on to a higher level of education. From there, we get a job that fits in our major, make as much money as possible, get married, have children and raise them, and retire. If someone falls outside of this model, they are viewed as unusual or even inferior. As all my friends enrolled in the college of their dreams, I found that I was less than excited to go. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and didn’t even have a good grasp of who I was. Continue reading »

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A picture tells a thousand words
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A picture tells a thousand words

Today’s post comes from Fiona, with our partner organization America’s Unofficial Ambassadors. Fiona just finished her 6 week internship teaching English in Zanzibar. AUA sponsored a photo contest for all their volunteers, and Fiona was their winner! We’re thrilled that she shared her photo, and story, with us. This piece highlights the impact that human … Continue reading »

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Is the Playing Field Being Leveled?
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Is the Playing Field Being Leveled?

Today’s post comes from Patricia Bowen, an intern at our partnering organization Semilla Nueva. Patricia is in Guatemala working with the Semilla Nueva team to write articles about the lives of Guatemalan women, and the new technologies being developed by Semilla Nueva. Patricia is a sophomore at Boise State University studying Creative Writing and Graphic … Continue reading »

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I Won’t Hesitate to Take Steps Forward
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I Won’t Hesitate to Take Steps Forward

Today’s post comes from our partner organization America’s Unofficial Ambassadors. Gabriela Guerrero is a third year student at San Francisco State University (SFSU) majoring in Studio Art with an emphasis in photography and minoring in Philosophy. Gabriela has finished her volunteering service at the Tajik State University of Commerce (TSUC) in Dushanbe.  She writes about the … Continue reading »

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