block or stepping stone?
MSW brings 25 years counseling experience to help you:
your strengths & talents to build your foundation
i.e. dig down to your roots & what excites you to anchor your career
or enterprise plan.
--clarify your goals & contribution...
to establish your launching pad
if/how your ideal fits reality:
what the needs are here or in other countries;
"how the game is played" in domestic or international work
--plot the steps & strategies to reach your goals
"Ann thinks both like an architect and a carpenter. She is both a
dreamer & a do-er.
She can imagine what doesn't exist yet & then can help build something
Necessity is the Mother of Invention!
No job? Then make one!
--Ann teaches how to turn your God-given talent into
your life work;
& how to create a successful enterprise.
--Most critical ingredient? Your imagination.
When you can see it in your mind, you can create it on the ground.
--Enterprises are made of hard work & grow over time.
Return for your next Consult when you have questions or
problems to be solved.
A Consult on your
Letter & Resume can be the final step to "getting your foot
in the door" to a job.
We offer services
"a la carte". Discuss with Ann which services fit best for you.
--Seeking international work? Consult + Roadmap to Resources will save
you years of futile frustration.
--Consult is the
foundation, a smart first step. The Roadmap lays out the resources for
--You may use one or several
of our services:
Letter & Resume Overhauls; Roadmap + Volunteering.
can not help with emotional problems. That is best done with local
We help you leap.
by phone or Skype with people all over the world.
--Fee is $75/hr usually paid through Paypal buttons on Apply page.
Because more & more
people are requesting a series of Career Consults,
see the price break
that you get at the bottom
of this page.
want any or several of the NGOabroad domestic or international services,
--a Career Consult; Resume or Cover Letter Overhaul;
1) Please read website
download Questionnaire from Apply or home page;
answer Questionnaire briefly,
then embed with CV in email to:
3) state clearly which service that you seek
with your Questionnaire & resume & then
we can set up a time.
A one time shot deal or done over time?
Originally, we did one shot Career Consult and people were launched.
Now some people choose to do
of Career Consults so that we can we can bolster your progress.
A Career Consult is international career counseling and like career
counseling it makes sense to do it over time.
More & more job seekers, not just those seeking international careers,
but those seeking work closer to home
come to us for Career Consults and also for the Cover Letter, Resume &
Let's discuss what fits best for you.
Testimonials: Career Consultations
Water and Wastewater
"Ann has an uncanny ability to
drill down and bring to light that which I know to be true -- a passion
pursued is a destiny fulfilled. I couldn't get to sleep after our
consult considering the possibilities."
International Development Work
"Speaking to Ann was terrific: she helped me
to see doors that I never knew were there; she challenged me to think
in new ways. I really felt that Ann understood me and where I want
to go. Most important, she had great ideas on how to get there."
|I Have a Dream: The
Rectification of Justice
In our intake, I asked Brashawna what she wanted to do. " I want to work on
the rectification of justice in Spanish speaking countries and then come
home and work on it in Atlanta." Overcoming adversity, Brashawna went
on to Law School.
"I must say, I've never encountered anyone so determined to help me achieve
my life long goals.
My relationship with Ann lasted
for a little over a year. At first I was unsure of what exactly I
was hoping to achieve in getting involved. Ann made sure I was ready
and willing before starting
the process. She was very resourceful in
providing programs and countries that suited my interests. She provided me with
a wealth of information. I never knew so many opportunities existed that
were so perfect for me. Now I am able to pursue my dreams."
"Ann, I've spoken to more than
a few Career Counselors and I have found none to be as useful as yours. I
appreciate not only your investment in my success, but your client
specific approach to Career Counseling. For the first time, I felt like
someone was really listening to what I want out of my career
and responding to me with unique approaches that would help me
get what I
ZR, New York City, USA
From Architect to
Ann: Your extraordinary guidance
allowed me to stretch and reach for what I wanted rather than settling
After two shorts weeks of active job searching I have an interview for a
choice position. Thank you!
Pharmaceuticals to Marine Biology
"Ann is full of first
hand advice and targets what you need. Her years long experience are
clearly heard through the conversation. She gives you clear step
by step hints and is checking whether you follow. She helps with the
ultimate goal: success for you."
Darja Ribaric, Slovenia
Physical Therapy/Occupational Rehabilitation
Center& Wheelchair Manufacturing Shop
When Dutch came to me
he said, "I am 60. I have done wheelchair projects in Rwanda,
Afghanistan & Vietnam. I want to devote the rest of my life to
wheelchair projects. I love Ghana but I am stuck in putting an enduring project together. Can
I schedule a Consult
& get resources?" Dutch emailed 2 months later about progress & how
"After two trips to
Ghana I had still not gotten my contacts and organizations
to mesh and work together. I had hit a wall and needed some new
direction. After consulting with Ann I was able to think in a new direction
and make contacts that made things happen. Today I expect to have a
Physical Therapy/Occupational Rehabilitation Center and Wheelchair
Shop in operation before the end of the year.
"I dream for his mobility &
for the respect, dignity & chance at self sufficiency that mobility
brings into his life. I dream all of this because I believe
that dream is possible."
Consult on a New Enterprise
In a world where so many people are so confused about
WHAT to do
or HOW to do what they want to do, you have
proven to me that NGOabroad
is the right door to knock.
Besides enlightening and inspiring me, you have
me on how to go about my project. Words can't express
I am. Your reward is with God."
NGOabroad's mission? To help citizens & grassroots organizations do
to Realizing Her Dream
"Wow, Ann you really help spark my lighter.
Before I had my consultation with you my career dreams
were like a Zippo without a flint.
Now you help me reignite my personal goals and aspirations.
I am so ready to get my ball rolling and my flame a burning.
Thank you so much for your insight and genuine listening ear.
You have a true gift thank for sharing it with me."
Considering Career Paths
"Using an impressive
store of knowledge, Ann was able to provide an in-depth assessment of my
strongest attributes and toughest personality challenges in a short
amount of time. Her suggestions were so original
and yet so right-on, that I was surprised I'd never thought of
them myself. After we engaged in the Career Consultation, I was
thinking outside the box I'd been in; I feel much more confident about
my abilities to navigate the possibilities before me. Thank you Ann!"
Entering International Development
"If you are looking for new
perspectives in your job search, Ann is
the one to talk
with. She a natural at transforming an overwhelming situation into
a manageable one."
"Ann definitely knows her stuff. She
took the time to understand my needs and my passion. She lays out
what will work and what won't. The one hour dialogue with her was
worth every dollar I spent. I now feel I have a concrete career path
to pursue and I do not feel so limited in my options anymore. I
can't believe it! things are so much clearer now. I know exactly
what to do to get to the next level. This Consult is definitely a
must if you're job searching or changing careers".
Executive Director. Fundraising. Grant Writing
“I am overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of materials you have sent me
and your ability to help someone take leaps of faith and to embark on a
We all say the same thing in our testimonial:
that you have a gift for
understanding what each of us is searching for."
My first contact with Ann was very positive. I
felt that she heard
who I was and what I wanted and didn’t tell me to be
realistic or to change myself to fit what was available. My first few listings
arrived with copious notes in red with Ann’s suggestions and comments
about each job, the inside skinny, the culture and how best to present myself.
Since the first listing she sent had a deadline just a few days away, Ann also
provided a line-by-line critique of my resume and cover letter. I
have no illusions about working abroad. It’s very competitive. But with Ann, I
have a fighting chance."
Portland, OR, USA
|Empowerment of Women
"I have been searching
endlessly for a website that provides honest (tough-love) advice for
people who want to gain work and volunteer experience abroad that
matches their personal interests, skills &
values. The fact that my Career Consult was with a real
person who had carefully read my questionnaire answers and resume
left me feeling excited to carry on a conversation about my future
professional pursuits with someone who has clearly "been there" and
understands the ways international humanitarian employment
operates. I am wary of one-size-fits-all volunteer programs, and my
consultation with Ann served as a powerful reinforcement of how
vital it is to thoughtfully construct a personal game-plan."
c. Diane Loviglio
Development Work in Africa
"The consult session with you was an excellent masterpiece. Your
thorough knowledge of the intricacies in career building in
international development is just amazing. I now feel confident in
identifying the right buttons to press in my journey to making a lasting
career in International Development. Thank you Ann."
Paul Amara MSW
From Messy Heap of Interests to How to Reach My Goals
"Ann mi ha aiutato a fare
chiarezza nel complicato groviglio dei miei interessi e a concentrarmi
sul raggiungimento dei miei obiettivi. = Ann helped me in shedding a
light on the messy heap of my interests and in focusing on how to reach
Giulio. Genoa, Italy
"NGOabroad is a fantastic service for anyone wanting to work
internationally, be it paid or volunteer work. Before I came across the
website my ideas were pretty vague. I wanted to be of service to people
somewhere in the world but I didn't really know the best way to go about
it. I was also operating on a lot of assumptions about the places I did
and didn't want to go, about what kinds of opportunities were open to me.
I was very impressed by Ann, her honest optimism (no sugarcoating but no
dire warnings) and her curiosity about me and my goals are as well as
her obvious dedication. We discussed at length my interests and skills,
where and what areas I was interested in pursuing and what my options
were- and all this before she drew up my list (129 pages worth of
opportunities). Her service enabled me (and required me) to identify
clearly what I wanted; she also offered me some suggestions I hadn't
considered before. Her insight into and knowledge of the world and
non-profit organizations is invaluable. I now have a much clearer idea of
what opportunities are out there for me (more in number and variety than I
had thought), and just as important, I have a real understanding of where
I can best contribute my skills and energies towards truly helping others
in this world. I consider the service a bargain. I feel vastly more
prepared and informed - and very grateful."
Director of an International Women's Organization
"I recommend NGOabroad to anyone
seeking to volunteer or work in another country. Ann provided me
with specific ideas on how to highlight my experiences to align with
what employers are looking for. The consult was a catalyst: I've
found new ways of building contacts and networks. As someone who has
some experience in working and traveling overseas, I was looking for
critical feedback on my resume and real-world, concrete ideas on
enhancing my employment opportunities. I received both during my
consult with Ann."
Organizational and Leadership Development
"Ann was very valuable to me in exploring my next steps both
professionally and personally. Her thoughtful consultation helped me to
clarify my own values and desires and also educated me about my
marketability and prospects in working abroad. The resources she provided
me were thorough, varied, and highly relevant to my stated desires and
Payments for Career Consultations
Intake: 1.5 hrs
*Most counseling sessions in the community
are $125/hr. Your savings above are calculated from this.
Please do not pay by eCheck because then we must delay
your appointment while it clears.
Please use credit card or Paypal
"Do not go
where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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