AquaAid International was founded in 2012 and works with community partners to design and implement culturally appropriate, results-bearing, and cost-effective water and sanitation projects. Their mission is simple: clean water for everyone, no exceptions. AquaAid currently works in the Southern Autonomous Region of Nicaragua, specifically Karahola and the surrounding farms—it takes roughly a day and a half on horseback to reach the village.
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 …
Before India, I seriously doubted that I could do anything completely independently without help from my family. Now, I have found my independence, and I realize that the only person who knows what is best for you is you. Going against social norms and into the unknown is difficult, but this experience has given me more insight into myself and the world around me then a lifetime of work in the United States could have ever done.
A man came to work for free, and at the end of the week asked for $400 to pay for a SURGERY to save his mother’s life. How could so little be necessary to do so much? But then a deeper realization came to us: NO ONE could build enough houses, or provide enough free medical services to end poverty. Changes were needed to end the root causes of poverty, rather than just alleviate its symptoms.
Today’s post comes from Pavel Reppo, the co-founder and managing partner of EA’s newest partner organization called The Wayfaring Band.
We all need to see more accurately the situations we encounter and our impact on our hosts. I agree with many criticisms of self-righteous voluntourism and would probably take them even further, but I can’t understand the usefulness of equally self-righteous opinions that impair rather than incite a student’s desire to learn some humility and broaden his or her global horizon.
Being wired up should help us learn more and fast, but instead we learn slow if not at all ~ An Amnesty International board member admits to dire drawbacks of the “voluntourism” ~ Yeah, kids are distracted by technology—but so are their parents ~ A ChicagoNow blogger challenges us to digitally detox for a change and “live in the now” ~ Failing to take REAL lunch breaks is bad for your health