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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When Familiar Becomes Foreign
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When Familiar Becomes Foreign

Everyday Ambassador attracts those of us longing for something “different” and itching with wanderlust. Always looking for ways to relate cross-culturally and learn from far off places, we have to take care not to lose empathy for those who have chosen a different path. Those who stay home are embarking on their own adventure, and honestly, it’s one that scares me more than moving to a new country by myself. Continue reading »

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The Touchstone of Service—the Human Touch
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The Touchstone of Service—the Human Touch

“Imagine that you’ve been living on the streets, you haven’t showered in ages, you haven’t brushed your teeth, and unless you’re using a public restroom, you’re not able to wash your hands after using the restroom or before meals. You’re dirty, you’re afraid, and you’re alone. Then, imagine that a volunteer comes to your tent to feed you and pray with you, and despite your dirty hands and your squalid living conditions, that person is unafraid to hold your hands, embrace you, and be present with you in that moment.” Continue reading »

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The Things I Carry
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The Things I Carry

Before Senegal, some restive, fickle part of me thought I was done finding myself—that I could carry no more, and that my pack was already full. I was wrong, of course. Most of it, whatever it is I’m looking for, is still out there somewhere, waiting to be explored, built, gingerly examined, and taken with me wherever I go in a pack labeled: “Contents: bones, blood, and memories. Carry with care, and remember: contents unbreakable.” Continue reading »

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Sharing Common Dreams With Our Global Neighbors
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Sharing Common Dreams With Our Global Neighbors

“Traveling abroad, I have learned quickly that the cultural norms that I have become so acquainted with in my first-world upbringing do not always apply in other countries.” Today’s post comes from Sarah Wall with our partner organization America’s Unofficial Ambassadors. We chose this piece for Sarah’s optimistic view of development work and her humility in recognizing that change cannot only come from the contributions of people like her. Continue reading »

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