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

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.

13 Responses to “Around the world with us: volunteering across the globe with our two kids”

  1. marlene Says:

    Hi

    What an amazing way to see the world, and to experience it through your kids as well. I am from South Africa and will find out about places there.

    good luck, will follow your travels via blog.

  2. Kathleen Says:

    Sorry, no suggestions here just writing in support of you all! What a conscious way to spend this special time in your young families’ lives. Many blessings and love to you all.
    Kathleen and our “young” family
    livesensible.com

  3. Karla Esh Says:

    Thanks for giving my baby the opportunity to be exposed to all these different cultures also! I know she loves your beautiful children!

  4. Greg Says:

    Wow–sounds like a great trip. Be safe, you guys…will be following along as you travel.

  5. Leo Song Says:

    Wow! That’s quite an adventure.

    Wish you guys the best.

  6. Jean Says:

    We’re so excited for you. We’ll follow your every move, and miss you while you are gone. — xxoo Jean & Steve

  7. Yossi Says:

    No suggestions — but good luck on the trip! Looking forward to seeing you when you get back!

  8. Aby Bentata Says:

    SAMANTHA!!!!!!!!
    We need an urgent catch up!!! How are you!!! I miss you and your beautiful daughter! I have not meet the new baby!
    I live in Israel now, in Jerusalem and I work in Tel Aviv in a Mutual Fund!
    If you need any info or favor let me know!!!
    XOXO, Aby!

  9. Sadwin Says:

    Counting the days til u arrive in Israel? WHen will that be and where are u staying?? U’re ALWAYS welcome at the Givatis!!!!!!! Give me 2 months to clean up the house and wash the rabbit :):):):) SAdwin

  10. Haim Shibi Says:

    Looking forward and waiting for your arrival to Jerusalem as part of this amazing caring and giving voyage.
    Haim. Yad Sarah.

  11. AmyB Says:

    I’m checking with my friends in Dehra Dun, India about interesting volunteer opportunities. It’s a wonderful town. I’ll send you info/contacts if you’re interested! Hope you are having a wonderful time!

  12. Jo Chopra Says:

    Dear Samantha,

    Your tour sounds wonderful. I work with the Latika Roy Foundation (www.latikaroy.org) in Dehradun India. We work with children with special needs and we would love to discuss your family coming to spend time with us.

    Jo

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