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.
I am here in the village of Cuellaje, living comfortably with my host family who own a hardware (ish) store in town. After making my way from Quito, I spent a few days on Ned and Patricia's farm in San Antonio, about an hour outside of the village of Cuellaje (the couple who run Intag and organize volunteer placements). The unique environment and placement of their farm make it quite a... Read More.
It's hard to believe 2014 has come and gone, but 2015 has brought me towards many new and exciting changes, which I am beyond excited to delve into. One of these changes involves my involvement in Omprakash, where I have been incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity to become an 'Omprakash Ambassador.' Through this position I will be headed to Cuellaje, Ecuador, where I will be teaching English... Read More.
There are many ways to successfully adapt to your host culture. It is important to handle "culture shock" with adaptability, a sense of humor, and a lot of common sense. Give yourself time to become accustomed to the cultural differences. You may even find that many of the differences are a pleasant change from your way of life. The following suggestions should help you make the most out of your volunteer experience: Learn as... Read More.
Wow! Who would have thought planning a trip around the world in just a few months would be stressful? (Pro tip: it is). I hadn’t done much planning before I was told I was awarded the Omprakash Ambassador Grant in mid November and my volunteer position at Sankalp starts at the beginning of February. I have SO MUCH TO DO. I will be leaving for my internship at Sankalp in less... Read More.
Congratulations to our newest Omprakash grant recipient, Katherine Hulit! The Omprakash Ambassador Grant Program assists exceptional volunteers with travel costs and is open to all applicants regardless of age or nationality. Omprakash Ambassadors demonstrate a serious commitment to Omprakash and aim to provide a long-term contribution to the Partner they plan to serve. The next deadline for this mutually beneficial program is February 15, 2015. In addition to supplementing... Read More.
Ten days volunteering in Intag November 19, 2014 at 10:34 pm (Education, Environment, Information, Narrative of my volunteering experience) ‘People travelling to Ecuador don’t want to visit Intag. They want the Galapagos, volcanoes, Quito.’ Sitting at Ned and Patricia’s kitchen table looking round at the incredible surroundings, I found this hard to understand. I was tucking into the best breakfast I’d had in months as... Read More.
Building Dignity Launches New Tutoring Program November 2014 “Whoever teaches learns in the act of teaching, and whoever learns teaches in the act of learning” – Paulo Freire From the beginning, Building Dignity has sought to enhance educational opportunities for children and youth through mentorship, peer-to-peer teaching, and tutoring. Our Homework Help program supports 50 students with 7 hours of tutoring each week. Voices of Youth enables more than 60 youths to develop their unique... Read More.
Team Omprakash is running into fall with a purpose! 11 stars will go the distance on November 2nd in New York City to run 26.2 miles. Our team is helping us provide free membership to 145 authentic international social impact projects and 12,500 registered volunteers. In addition to our core connective services, volunteers have access to a dynamic online pre-departure training program (EdGE) that promotes... Read More.