Today’s post comes from Lauren Breder, a recent high school graduate spending her Gap Year with our partner organization Thinking Beyond Borders before starting at the University of Virginia in the fall of 2015. We love her patience in getting to know the community and school where she is learning from, as well as her …
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.
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.
Today’s post is an introduction to our newest Partner: the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD). FSD achieves community-driven goals through asset-based development and international exchange, including helping people of all ages through their first international volunteering experience. The author, Jason Lum, is a former participant of FSD. He is a graduate to MIT, Harvard and Berkeley, and …
Humility in leadership goes a long way ~ Parents may be guilty of more harm than good when posting their kids all over the internet ~ Soylent may sound like a good idea, but it tastes bad—and its implications for society are worse ~ Hashtag activism has its proponents and detractors, its positives and negatives—Everyday Ambassador takes on both sides
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.