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Bowing Out Gracefully

I know that my ego often gets aligned with my work, because it has been my focus for many years.  In March of this year I really wasn’t feeling well.  My body was telling me something but I wasn’t listening.  My son who was calling me every so often said, “Dad, every time I call […]

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A Temporary Farewell to Nepal

I’m writing this final article in Nepal, sitting at Pappaz Bakery in Dhapasi, one of my favorite hang-outs in Kathmandu, a place where I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the apple pie, veg burgers and momos and more recently mint lemonade.  After almost 4.5 years in Nepal and three years in India, today I’m leaving this part of […]

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Beginning International Volunteering Over 50

When we first start thinking about devoting some of our time to international volunteering we usually don’t have any idea of where to start.  We might have talked to a friend who just returned from an inspiring volunteer assignment.  We could also have been motivated by reading an article about humanitarian problems in the world […]

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Interview with Mark Horoszowski of Moving Worlds

Mark Horoszowski and his co-founder, while traveling and volunteering internationally, found a need for an organization that matched volunteer skills with international groups that needed those skills.  And so Moving Worlds was born.  I recently spoke with Mark about Moving Worlds and its unique mission in the world of international volunteering. John: How does MovingWorlds […]

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Observation of Local Elections in Ukraine

One of the great personal returns of international volunteering is the friends one makes. Late last week I returned from Ukraine where I was an observer to the local elections.  It was an interesting and satisfying mission. A lot of new friends were made (see photo of our team in Poltava) and many old acquaintances […]

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An Interview with Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Gregory Hubbs, Editor-in-Chief of Transitions Abroad and I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet.  Hessler-Radelet has made some major and positive changes to Peace Corps during her tenure.  Among other changes, she has shortened the time it takes to process applications and put an emphasis on recruiting volunteers over the […]

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An Interview with Nicholas Kristof

I recently interviewed, Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Op-Ed columnist via email.  The interview appeared in Transitions Abroad.  Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, have written an excellent book, A Path Appears, about, as the sub-title says, “Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity”. The book discusses how important small donations of time and money are to successful individual and […]

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