Archive for March, 2010

Around the world with us: volunteering across the globe with our two kids

March 5, 2010

The Grand Plan:

to take our 1 and 3 year old with us around the world for a year. We’ll hit 13 countries, volunteering for charities/NGOs in each, and living in real neighborhoods rather than in hostels. We’re looking to be truly productive with our time; during the day we will work on causes that we passionately believe in, and in the evenings we will enjoy exploring our surroundings and being together as a family. We hope to get a taste of 13 different cultures and to avoid being just tourists. We want our babies to begin their lives in this environment in the hopes that the exposure will instill a passion for social justice and a love and understanding of people.

Where We’re Going:

  1. Peru
  2. Brazil
  3. Sierra Leone
  4. South Africa
  5. Romania
  6. Israel
  7. India
  8. Bhutan
  9. Myanmar
  10. Thailand
  11. Cambodia
  12. Vietnam
  13. Laos

Work In Progress

Right now, we are looking to affiliate ourselves with charities and NGOs that work in the above countries. We already have plans for just a few countries. For example, in Israel we will aid Yad Sarah, the largest voluntary organization in the country. They provide a spectrum of free or nominal cost services designed to make life easier for sick, disabled, and elderly people and their families, enabling them to stay in their homes and out of hospitals and institutions as long as possible (www.yadsarah.org).

Your Help and Advice

The rest of the locations are still open and we’d love your help and advice in choosing exemplary organizations and projects. We are most passionate about helping people. Our backgrounds are in finance and grant writing. We are also pretty competent caring for young children. Our family would need to be able to rent a place near the location we’d be working at. Please write us or leave a comment below with your ideas. We would especially appreciate you including the names of charities or NGOs that you have experience with. If you are part of the organization doing the volunteer hiring, please let us know in what capacity we would be working.