NGO Abroad

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During my final year of studying Photojournalism at university I was required to complete a one month internship working as a photographer. Through NGO abroad Ann McGlauglin spent a great deal of time with me to understand exactly what I wanted to get out of the internship and where I hoped it would lead me. She explored many different options and finally secured me an internship in Cameroon.

I began the process on a whim not really expecting to find a placement and I ended up doing exactly what I had hoped to do. I was looking to get into international work and the experience living and working in Cameroon has been hugely helpful for me. I've since changed careers from journalism but having that international experience is still an impressive point on my resume.

I would definitely recommend NGO abroad over other volunteer and internship placement organizations because for a similar price you get a much more valuable experience as your placement with NGO abroad will be tailored to your goals and experience rather than just choosing one out of a group of pre-organized volunteer programs. The help and support I received from Ann and everyone she put me in contact with before I went and while I was in Cameroon was nothing short of incredible.

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Posted: March 29, 2011
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By: alli
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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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NGOabroad was very helpful to me.

NGOabroad placed me working with their Congolese refugee program. I helped them launch a micro-finance program and design an income generation project.

I needed more than my academic training to get a job in international work. I needed practical experience. The experience with the Congolese has been what has opened doors for me.

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Posted: March 28, 2011
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By: NGOabroad
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Someone with a username of "NGOabroad" is posting a review for NGOabroad. Interesting.

I was extremely disappointed and frustrated with Ann McLaughlin, the coordinator of NGO Abroad. She did not want to answer questions and she was not very nice over phone or email. She was pretty persistent though when it came to getting her $600.
She was more focused on moving me along the process to get my money than to make sure I would have a good experience. She is only a go-between anyway, so I still could have volunteered with my program without contacting her. I wish I had done so, as I would have saved $600 and been happier without her.
Considering that there are so many worthy organizations out there, please keep looking.

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Posted: June 28, 2010
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Can you tell me what organization you finally connected with? I am interested in working in mental health in Central/South America. Thanks!

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