a unique service
that helps you enter or advance in international humanitarian work.
"Ann's Roadmap helped me land a job in Micronesia.
...Ann has demonstrated an uncanny ability
to get to the
(spiritual?) heart of the question: "What is it YOU want to
and then relate the answer to an impressive list of
real and practical opportunities.
What more does one
Sid Merritt, UK
1) Career Consultations
Consultation is often the foundation for other Career services.
McLaughlin MSW brings 25 years counseling experience to help you:
--identify your strengths & talents to build your foundation
i.e. dig down to your roots & what excites you to
inform the emerging career plan.
--clarify your goals & contribution... to establish your launching
--discuss if/how your ideal fits reality:
what the needs are in other countries & "how the
game is played" in international work
--identify how your skills fit internationally or at home
--plot the steps & strategies to reach your goals
Later, if you are stalled in your career pursuits, schedule additional
--Done by phone or Skype with people all over the world.
--Fee is $50/hr usually paid through Paypal buttons on Apply page.
"I've spoken to other Career Counselors and I have found none to be as
useful as yours."
"Ann brought a depth & breadth of experience, insight & knowledge to my
international job search.
I never could have achieved this on my own."
c. irin. After Pakistani quake.
2) Roadmap of Resources
Roadmap connects ideas to tangible reality. In
the Consult, we map the steps to your goal.
A Roadmap shows you the resources to get you, step by step, to
--a Consult & Roadmap complement each other;
they are our “1-2 punch” for those interested in international
--Roadmap is a 100+ page narrated report, divided into files sent to
you by email.
--a Roadmap is personalized to your skills, interests &
That’s why it takes us daaaaays to make it for you.
-- Why is a Roadmap so helpful?
Despite the wealth of resources on the web, most people only know
the big names:
e.g MSF, CARE, UN, Peace Corps.
Such resources are glutted with volunteer & job applicants.
-- Knowing a wider variety & lesser known resources
is critical to getting an international job.
e.g. We had a man who set up schools in refugee camps ask for a
We helped diversify his scope & gave him entirely new angles to
approach his goal.
e.g. A man who worked in
Africa then got his
PhD in Public Health & Horticulture
asked for a Paid Roadmap. Where would this guy look for work?!
We gave him 100+ pages of paid opportunities and organizations to
--Looking for an international job? Ask for a Paid Roadmap:
packed with current job openings & the organizations to
watch for openings.
--Wide variance on Roadmap content: different skills, different locations
--Your skills & experience determine if you qualify for a Paid Roadmap. Ask Ann.
you really opened my eyes to the possibilities!
You looked at things from such different angles that entirely new options
opened up for my skills."
3) Cover Letter &
--this Career service is the finishing touch.
--International work is competitive
so an outstanding cover letter & resume are essential:
they help you stand out from hundreds of other applicants.
--See entire page devoted to
Letter & Resume Overhauls.
Overhauls can be time-consuming but critical to get your foot-in-the-door in
Ann: "I believe the cover letter makes or breaks you. It's the first thing
an employer reads."
"The cover letter consult was worth every penny. Ann
really knows her stuff!"
Fees for Services
--Career Consultations & Cover Letter/Resume Consults: $50/hr.
This is half the price that most career counselors charge.
--Regular Roadmap: $300
This fee pays for the 10-35 hours it takes to create a personalized
and the 15 years of Research & Development to create the
original resource base.
Paid, Complex or Couples Roadmap: $350 as
these take longer to make.
It is common practice to include
Partner Programs on a Roadmap for Resources for a fee.
Our Partner Programs are good entry points for international experience.
Development workers need years of international experience to get that
Our fees are a fraction the cost of other services. We are intentionally
affordable & frugal.
--Please embed answered Questionnaire & resume
in an email to info @ NGOabroad. com
& we can discuss which services might be most helpful to you.
--We serve people all over the globe. How? Email, phone & Skype.
--Payments are made through Paypal buttons on Apply page.
"Ann has gone to great lengths to
understand what exactly I was looking for & more importantly what I needed.
She has succeeded in giving me direction and I now honestly feel I know what
I want to achieve and how to do it."
Niamh Browne, Ireland
Television, Public Relations
"I used NGO Abroad in
order to find out more about the ways in which I can search and enter the
humanitarian and development career fields. Ann was most helpful and really
thought through what I said to her, coming up with ideas and suggestions
that were innovative and new to me - not just the same old stuff that you
read on website after website. I would recommend NGO Abroad to anyone who
is feeling lost or discouraged from entering such fields of work."
Auckland, New Zealand
Medicine & Public Health
"Ann, these Lists of paid openings are AMAZING. Some resources that I knew
but many I had never heard of."
Faith Barash MD
"Ann, you've given me great assistance & direction in breaking into
international nursing. The information that you sent me is thorough,
individualized, and would have taken me years to navigate on my own.
I could not put a price on all the
hard work and time that you've put
into this for me. I can honestly say that this
is one of the best
decisions I've made, and worth every penny and then some."
Heather Griffith RN
born Ontario, Canada; now in Pacific Islands
"...the info you gave me is so comprehensive it will literally be a
reference for a lifetime."
Jersey City, NJ
"Ann, this is simply staggering: a massive amount of relevant data on
organizations, including both volunteer
and paid positions overseas. I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you
so much for your effort.”
Accounting to Social Work
"I left Indonesia after the riots. I now live in Australia and work as
but I think that I would be happier in Social Work.
stumbled to the NGOabroad site when I was searching for volunteering
opportunities. So I decided to email Ann, and the response was
incredibly quick, and very different. Ann gave me the reassurance that
the things that I wanted to do are not beyond my reach, that there are
different steps to go about it, and opened up a different way of
thinking about volunteering altogether. She was also very frank and
honest with her answers, and in
some ways also comforting without trying to buoy
me into false hope. I
now have her comprehensive list that she custom made for
me, and have
begun the search for my own unique volunteering experience.
"Since recently graduating from university, I decided to pursue a career in
International Development. While I knew that this was what I wanted to do,
like many I was unsure of which path to take or how to go about my
search. However, through her engaging Career Consult and extensive List
of Opportunities, especially "Places to Begin", Ann provided me with
inspiration, guidance and, more importantly, a direction and focus which I
had previously lacked."
||"You know what I hate? I
looked at her. I nodded. Numbness. It creeps up, builds this wretched wall
when you don't realize it, and then BAM one day, you don't feel.
sat and watched each train go by, destination after destination. Faces
after faces get on and off. Each with a ticket, each with a destination,
each with a baggage. We were just sitting, waiting, wishing, watching. I
wish we could go here or there. She laughed. Nodded. Well . Buy a
ticket then babe. I shoved her off her seat. We stood up.
How was work today she asked. Work? Ok.
I listened to myself. Just ok? Sitting, waiting, wishing I could do
more. Watching others grabbing opportunities, passionate, excited, with
a cause. And I am right here on the sidelines.
As much as I am thankful for the job I have, I am hungry. I am not
satisfied. Deep down I am convinced there's more.
I was surprised by how
well Ann understood where I wanted to go. I described it and she figured
it out. She helped me ascertain the destination, offered me the road map
and pointed me the door, she even gave me a compass. She expressed the
destination, put it to me in graspable terms, and assured me that it not
only existed, it is reachable."
from Malaysia to New Zealand
from law to writing & international development
A Climb not a Leap
Getting paid international humanitarian work is very
It is rare for
someone to jump into paid work in one leap.
It is a series of steps to gain the necessary experience.
The Career Consult + Roadmap of Resources- our "1-2 punch"
to sort out what you really, really want to do;
develop your strategies and carefully plot your course;
then point you the resources.
A Roadmap give the routes that you might take, from the
very beginning to advanced.
It shows you the playing field; the
important organizations in your field.
Most people need a first opportunity where they do
not have to compete and struggle
to get a foot in the door.
We often provide those critical first inroads.
internat'l work is a climb
Do we guarantee a
job? Wow! I wish it was that easy!
We are career
counselors that specialize in international development work.
can we help point you in the right direction (where your skills match to
but we can pull resources from our database, developed
over the last 15 years.
A Consult is
a great start but, like other career counseling, follow-up is wise.
For many people a
Letter & Resume Overhaul is also what they need.
Entering international humanitarian paid work is like an arduous climb.
Rarely can you have the glory of the summit without all the sweat &
What you learn along the way is what is crucial.
Employers prefer solid skills built over time.
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