Why Gap Years Are Essential For Those Who Don’t Think They Need One
Ambassador / Partner / Wednesday Wisdom

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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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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Welcoming a New Partner: AquaAid
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Welcoming a New Partner: AquaAid

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. 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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The One Who Knows You Best
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The One Who Knows You Best

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. Continue reading »

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Pigeonpea: Tackling Root Causes of Poverty in Central America
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Pigeonpea: Tackling Root Causes of Poverty in Central America

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. Continue reading »

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