NGO Abroad

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NGO Abroad has helped my husband and I find our path within the international development field. We have volunteer for 4 months in Nepal in a grassroots project. Our experience was challenging but extremelly rewarding. Ann and MaryAllen has helped us prepare ourselves to overcome our biggest physical and mental challenges. Ann is straigh foward and down to business kind of person. We now continue to work with our organization from home, which goes to show we have truly made a breakthrough. If you are looking to make a realistic change in your life and in the life of others, then this is the right path for you!

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Posted: March 31, 2011
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By: Nepal
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NGOAbroad helped me achieve my lifelong goal of working with grassroots NGOs in Sub-Saharan Africa. They were able to match my skills to the needs of the organization. The connections I made abroad will last a lifetime. My experience allowed me to shift my career focus and has helped me realize my dream of working in the international humanitarian sector.

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Posted: March 30, 2011
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I used NGOAbroad in 2010 when I was looking to use my professional degree abroad. I was very satisfied with the experience. Like everyone I was skeptical about paying, but it definitely has paid for itself.

I had several long phone conversations with staff and together we made a plan for what I needed to bolster my resume.

I told them where I wanted to volunteer (a specific African country)and they found a 3 month placement for me that really suited my skills and geographical preferences.

I worked for this small NGO for 3 months and really enjoyed it. In the course of working there I made a lof of contacts, one of whom eventually offered me a job with a UN agency. Another volunteer who was with me also found paid employment at the end of her volunteer stint.

I think this organization would suit people who are career-oriented and pretty serious. Humanitarian/development work is often difficult physically and emotionally, so people who need a lot of hand-holding or flattery might not like the advice they receive. But, for people who really want to break into the field, it is definitely money well spent. Yes, you can probably find somewhere to volunteer on your own, but it will probably not be very connected to what your specific skills are.

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Posted: March 30, 2011
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By: yomama
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I discovered NGOabroad a couple of years ago as I was trying to locate suitable volunteer opportunities in India. What a find! Ann McLaughlin is an absolute wealth of knowledge and information. Despite my ability to search the web, I could have never accessed the information that she was able to provide for me. And the fee for her services was very reasonable. And Mary Ellen Walker is also a tremendous resources for how to prepare and what to do in almost any country. Because of the great experience I had in India, I have returned to NGOabroad yet again for assistance with an upcoming trip to Ireland. By using Ann and Mary Ellen, t have saved considerable time, effort and money. I highly recommend NGOabroad.

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Posted: March 29, 2011
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Why would you ever need to edit your birthdate? How often does that change?
This is indeed a legitimate review and I am NOT 10 years old! For whatever reason, the edit function is not fully operational within my profile, and I am unable to correct my birthdate.
Well, I'm a prodigy! What can I say???
resumerighte, I am impressed that you have traveled abroad twice, at the tender age of 10 years old.

I love river kayaking in South America--both in Ecuador and Chile.
This time I wanted to see a different side of South America. I contacted
NGOabroad to see about volunteering. The Director of NGOabroad, Ann,
recommended if I wanted something far from my ordinary life that I volunteer
in Bolivia.
Whoa. It was other-worldly being so high in the Andes! I had to spend time
acclimatizing so I could handle the 14,000 feet elevation.
In Bolivia, being so high and dry, it's hard to make a living. High infant mortality and high
malnutrition were the challenges that Ann proposed that I help tackle. (I am
trained as a nutritionist.)

Because I am so crazy about river running, Ann & I talked about me perhaps
going to Uganda next year with NGOabroad. The upper Nile has some great
white water I think, and this time I will see if I can help the Congolese
refugees in Uganda tagged on the end of some kayaking on the upper Nile. I am impressed with the depth of knowledge at NGOAbroad.

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Posted: March 29, 2011
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By: KDSDY
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