Getting ready to study abroad, volunteer or do an international internship? Here are 10 things to consider! 1. Find the right program! Go beyond the simple ‘urge to help others’ and ‘experience a new culture’. Prepare yourself with Omprakash EdGE (Education through Global Engagement) and earn a certificate in critically informed volunteering and international development. 2. Visa/Passport Don’t delay. You will most certainly need a passport (allow at least 4-6 weeks... Read More.
DEPDC/GMS would like to share what we learned from Alinda Suya, the organization’s Director of Projects and Half Day School teacher, who was recently interviewed by our International Volunteer Coordinator, Julie M. Please read on to find out more about Ms. Suya’s life experiences and her perspective on the critical work that DEPDC/GMS does to protect the rights of vulnerable ethnic minority children and youth in Northern Thailand. ... Read More.
It’s totally hot right now. International volunteering is fashionable. It offers transformative experiences for those who take it seriously. And, to be honest, it probably does for those that don’t. Its implications are as far reaching as the vast distances covered by enthusiastic do-gooders. Finding meaningful and affordable opportunities can be a cumbersome task to say the least. A simple Google... Read More.
3/31/2014 Yesterday was my second day in India. Yes. Delhi is everything you might expect. Hot, dusty, dirty, boiling with bodies, heat, and honking...so much honking! Driving in Delhi is like riding a decreped amusement park ride. You close your eyes and pray that the ride ends and you are still alive and breathing. We ate amazing food. We visited the 12 year old child adopted by... Read More.
Looking for an international volunteer opportunity in the medical field? Surely you know that gaining hands-on medical experience can be helpful for your own learning and development as you seek to further your education and career. But have you considered the ethical complexities associated with medical volunteering? Do you know how to ensure that your trip is not only enriching for you, but also fair... Read More.
By Molly Burns As a community development nonprofit with only two full time, paid employees, Abriendo Mentes’ efforts would not be possible without the hard work of dedicated volunteers. They teach in the classrooms, run the technology program, manage the communications strategy, and so much more. While the growth of Abriendo Mentes can be attributed in large part to our volunteers, it can also be said that the growth of our... Read More.
In 2013, a team of 10 Omprakash die-hards ran their hearts out in the New York City Marathon. They collectively raised nearly $25,000 to support Omprakash’s mission of connecting volunteers, donors and other interested folks to over 140 grassroots social impact projects all over the world. Omprakash operates on a no-fees model meaning we provide our baseline services to our international Partners and our... Read More.
Difference in the Right Direction:Training and Networking Conference for NGOs and Volunteers an international conference brought to you by Omprakash and SKIPAugust, 2014 :: Trujillo, Peru What: A four-day conference aiming to deepen the impact of NGOs and international volunteersWho: Grassroots social organization leaders from throughout the Omprakash network in Peru and beyond; international volunteers who want to think more deeply about what they are doing; researchers and citizens... Read More.
Omprakash is excited to welcome Puertas del Saber (Doors of Knowledge) to the network! Puertas del Saber is a community library project in Limon, Nicaragua and has been working with Omprakash Partner Casa Verde (also in Limon) for over two years. In fact, the projects share a common leader in Amie Riley who is the Director of Casa Verde and one of the library’s founders.... Read More.