by Guest blogger Kevin Adair of Omprakash Partner Fuego del Sol The Fuego del Sol (FdS) developmental journey through the Dominican Republic and Haiti since 2005 has brought us into contact with hundreds of other developmental initiatives, all of which share our dream of working to assist under-resourced families escape the cycle of poverty. At least 95% of development efforts, that we have encountered, have ceased operations within... Read More.
With articles floating around the Internet claiming truth to everything from WHAT YOU NEED ON INTL’ VOLUNTEER TRIPS to What You Should NOT Pack for Volunteering Abroad, the preparation process for leaving the country (or even your region!) can be incredibly stressful. To alleviate this stress, Omprakash provides a Pre-Departure Checklist that is applicable to volunteers in all areas (e.g., is your passport still valid? Do you... Read More.
Staying busy here in Cuellaje! I am still teaching and today marked the first day of final exams so, this week, I will be helping the other English teacher, Nancy, give exams to the 2nd through 9th grade classes. The English for tourism students have also been working on their final exam, which consists of the creation of a tourism guide for the mini tour they will be giving when... Read More.
The Starting Project of Sustainability and Community Development in Pacheco presents new challenges for us to be learnt, but also allows us to reaffirm those challenges that are the engine of Community Development. Among these challenges we highlight the Assembly Meeting as a space for reflection, planning, consensus and sharing of tasks. Community Assembly is an actual practice at Voluntario Global, and the roundtable is a symbol of this practice. All... Read More.
You may have heard of the Omprakash EdGE Program from a friend or previous blog posts. These sources probably told you that volunteering or interning abroad with EdGE is different from other international volunteer programs and placement agencies. Why? EdGE is a more ethical, educational, and affordable option. Through a rigorous 12-week online curriculum, the EdGE classroom challenges paradigmal thought about international aid and volunteering and asks students... Read More.
Nisarga Grama Project proposal Brief Background of Sparsha Sparsha Trust is a charitable organization started (registered) in 2005 by a group of motivated young people, who want to contribute to the betterment of society through education of children. At that time most of the team members of Sparsha Trust had just completed their Masters of Social Work, and they were moved by the government surveys data that had indicated that there were... Read More.
It feels like it's been much more than 2 weeks since I arrived! I've adjusted really well and have become more a part of the Cuellaje community. My host family is amazing-super generous and talkative and I feel very comfortable, which always makes a huge difference during the more difficult days! I have been teaching 2nd through 9th grade classes with the other English teachers, Nancy, Lenin, and Wilmer. It's been... Read More.
When taking into consideration your skill set, language abilities, interests, and passions, searching for volunteer opportunities within the Omprakash network may seem daunting at first. Though there are multiple tools to help narrow your searches for a mutually beneficial placement, sometimes a closer look can help to make your decision easier. As part of a new series featuring specific regions within the network (e.g., Partner organizations located in... Read More.