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
Ambassador / Partner / Wednesday Wisdom

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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Weekly Passport: Globally-Minded Students, Nice vs Good People, and Black Friends
Weekly Passport

Weekly Passport: Globally-Minded Students, Nice vs Good People, and Black Friends

Meaningful exchanges via the internet encourages more active engagement in life. ~ A new app forces kids to call their parents. ~ The difference between good and nice people is empathy and humility. ~ To each her own; no one belongs to anyone—live your life and let others live theirs. ~ There are dos and don’ts to keep in mind when talking race with black friends. ~ Protect and preserve our public libraries; you’ve no idea how important they (still) are to our society. Continue reading »

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We all have special gifts, we all have special needs
Partner / Wednesday Wisdom

We all have special gifts, we all have special needs

Today’s post comes from our partner organization The Wayfaring Band. Andrea Moore is an artist and entrepreneur who uses writing, performance, and photography to foster connection and dialogue across social and cultural lines. She is a managing owner of The Wayfaring Band. Pavel Reppo has been involved with the special needs community since 2006, when he first began working for Adam’s … Continue reading »

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The One Who Knows You Best
Partner / Wednesday Wisdom

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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When Familiar Becomes Foreign
Ambassador / Wednesday Wisdom

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
Ambassador / Wednesday Wisdom

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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