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Fall 2018 Edition
Hello All,

 It has been a difficult year for many in the world’s population.  War, famine, political unrest and natural disasters have produced the largest number of refugees since World War II.  Many people need help.
 As you are reading this newsletter, you are interested in helping.  The key question is how to choose a way to help that is both ethical and truly helps all involved.  A successful international volunteer experience rewards all the participating parties.   I have found that the sharing of cultures and ideas, and the friends I have made all over the world, have been the greatest rewards of my volunteering experiences.  I would like you to experience the same rewards.
In this issue of our newsletter are two excellent articles on choosing ethical and successful volunteer programs.  Also, recent revelations about fraudulent volunteer programs to help orphans, have made those who wish to help children understandably concerned about finding worthwhile volunteer programs.  Tina Rosenberg, in a New York Times Opinion column, examines how to choose a successful program to help children.
Other articles in this issue discuss getting teaching jobs around the world over 50 years of age, what it is like to take a year off and travel and the tale of a retired sea captain who finds fulfillment as a volunteer on Mercy Ships.
Enjoy the newsletter.  Please contact me if there is information that you would like to see in future newsletters. 
John Dwyer
How to Ethically Volunteer Anywhere in the World
How to Ethically Volunteer Anywhere in the World
 A travel article by Shannon O'Donnell. The article appeared in the popular travel blog
Nomadic Matt. 
 NomadicMatt/Shannon O'Donnell
Five Myths About Volunteering Abroad
Travel writer, Ken Budd, in the National Geographic article Five Myths About Voluntourism, dispels  criticism that has been written about voluntourism.The article is based on his own experience and that of others including the above referenced Shannon O'Donnell. Budd is the author of the book The Voluntourist.
Choosing An Organization
Perhaps the most important factor in determining whether a person has a rewarding and satisfactory volunteer experience begins in the preparation for that experience.  Working with the right organization, on programs that best suit one's interests, goals and experience, is vital for both the community served and the volunteer serving.  Some ideas to help you in your preparation for your volunteer experience are in Choosing an Organization.
How to Really Help Children Abroad
 Tina Rosenberg, in the New York Times article     How to Really Help Children Abroad, 
writes about the pros and cons of volunteering with children and puts forth some excellent ways volunteers can truly help.
Teaching and Traveling Abroad After Age 50
Lillie Marshall, in her blog, Traveling and Teaching, interviews Beth Robinette who has been traveling and teaching abroad for the past five years..
Travelingan Teaching
Captain of Mercy
Captain Taylor Perez has been going to sea for forty years.  In the article, Captain of Mercy, writer Carole Ann McKelvey, in The Beacon Senior News, tells of Captain Perez's deeply rewarding experiences as a volunteer with Mercy Ships.
Mercy Ships
This is What it is Like to Take a Year Off to Travel
Lois Alter Marks writes in Forbes about a teacher who took a year off to travel the world. Read about the adventures of Collette Furey in This is What it is Like to Take a Year Off to Travel.
Collette Furey
Volunteer Organization Information
To find a list of volunteer organizations, their programs, program locations, and links to their websites visit   Volunteer Opportunities.

 For further tips on how to find a volunteer organization that suits your desires visit  Choosing an Organization 
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