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Educating Bill Maher

Today’s piece is from Benjamin Orbach, the founder and director of our partner organization America’s Unofficial Ambassadors, reposted from his piece last week in the Huffington Post. AUA builds mutual understanding and enhances people-to-people partnerships between America and the Muslim World.  Bill Maher is funny and insightful, and he will have pearls of wisdom to share with Berkeley … Continue reading »

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Fellow
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It Takes a Village to Raise a Fellow

Today’s post comes from Devin Faris with our partner organizations S.O.U.L. and Global Health Corps. After working with refugees and people affected by HIV near Kampala, Uganda, and after numerous visits to Bujagali, he relocated to New York City to complete his M.A. in International Education with hopes of one day returning. Devin is a 2014-2015 … Continue reading »

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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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