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International Careers & Volunteering
Founder and Director - Ann McLaughlin

Ann McLaughlin, Founder and Director

What inspired the birth of NGOa
Upon return from work in the Balkans, friends and colleagues asked me how to find international work. I realized that many people dream of serving internationally but have no idea how to accomplish that goal.

I am well suited for this work: I have extensive knowledge of history and current events which is critical to preparing others for international service. I have traveled, most of it by bicycle - Ireland, Scotland, England, Switzerland, and France; Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala; Japan and China; India and Sri Lanka; Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia; Turkey and Greece; and South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. Since becoming director of NGOabroad, I have visited and coordinated with colleagues in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Cameroon, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Morocco ...the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Honduras, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia & Chile. Like most world travelers, I am an adventurer: an avid mountaineer, bicycler and kayaker.

Most importantly, since 1992, I have been accumulating resources.
I am the kind of person who must know the "Big Picture"
before I zero in. (You learn the usefulness of this as a counselor.) So I  researched future global trends, culture, history and current events & organizations of Eastern Europe and CIS (the former Soviet Union), Africa, Latin America & Asia. This research informs what I offer you.

As a Social Worker with 27 years of experience, I am deeply committed to humanitarian work. Social Workers have earned their reputation of knowing the resources. I am no exception. I know hundreds of international grassroots organizations and NGO's (non-government organizations). With NGOabroad, I serve as a career counselor matching your skills, interests and goals to humanitarian needs. The creation of NGOabroad is the integration of Ann McLaughlin, Social Worker, and my fascination with world cultures, history, and events. In my youth, I wanted to change the world. Now I want to enable many people to change the world; I want to harness your talents and contribution.  It is tremendously exciting work.  I look forward to working together. Ann McLaughlin signature

NGOabroad team

Our Partners in our Volunteer Programs are an important part of our team. Many of our Partners are colleagues that we have already been working closely with and have come to deeply trust & respect. Specific information about the Host organizations and the Directors is given to you after you apply for a Volunteer Program.

Mary Ellen Waller,             International Advisor

We are lucky to have Mary Ellen on the team. She is a walking encyclopedia. She has touched almost every corner of the planet and she has a extensive understanding of world cultures and current events.

"Do you realize what a resource you have in Mary Ellen?"
emailed Phillis Morgan after her Africa consult. "Yes! That is why she was recruited to be on the team."

I have been pushing travel preparation ever since someone got worms in their feet in Kenya. Many health problems can be prevented.

We educate you, rather than babying you, so you are a  Walking Encyclopedia too!

"Mary Ellen's obviously an expert on international travel & public health and keeps current. I previously worked in Africa but still found the
consult was invaluable in preparing me for my new post. Mary Ellen's consult was well worth the time and money."        
                                                   Andy Seigman,   
                                                   Washington DC

Invaluable in Sorting Out Chronic Illness
"Mary Ellen helped me make all the right decisions in difficult circumstances. I have a chronic illness that I thought would prevent me from volunteering. Early in the planning process, I was shuttled from doctor to doctor, trying to decide where in the world I could go. Mary Ellen  translated a myriad of medical and technical information into on-the-ground travel realities. People are  not kidding when they call Mary Ellen an  encyclopedia. In helping me to address my particular needs, her wealth of knowledge proved both practical & invaluable and I would not hesitate to call upon her again in the future."

                                                    Caitlin Sweeney, US

To schedule a consultation with Mary Ellen,
talk to Ann at info @NGOabroad. com.


Behind the Scenes

to the team behind the scenes at NGOabroad!
im Johnson, Business Consultant
Jay Borseth, Webhacker



Global Education
Africa Focus: news
Africa Institute of South Africa
allAfrica: news
Central Asia Pages
Community Organizing training
Culturosity: "Grow Your Global Mind"
Eastern Europe and Russia
Human Rights Watch: great coverage of current socio-political situations
India's History and culture
International Crisis Group
International Forum on Globalization
John Esposito's site on Islam
Latin American Network Information Center
Middle East Network Information Center
North American Congress on Latin America
Resource Center of the Americas
Vietnamese Culture


NGOabroad is a Limited Liability Company (LLC)






See the World

"Through the Eyes of Children", orphanage in Rwanda
Photography of Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli
Photography of Fred Clarke
Harsh Realities: Photography of Robert Semeniuk
  Robert's book on marketplaces all over the world.
Photography of Jeroen Neele

Inspiration--what people can do

Empowerment Diva, Iyanla Vanzant
Positive News, UK

ACTivist magazine, Toronto
Baby Boomer Lifeboat
BEAN Business and Engineering Activists Network
Boomers of New Zealand & Australia
Canada's leading independent online newsmagazine
Caucasus Environmental NGO Network
Center for Social Development, Brown School
      of Social Work, Washington University
Compassionate Listening in Middle East
Conflict Resolution Information
Diversity Working
Going Bonkers!
The Global Chicago Center of the
      Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
International Student
International Young Professionals Foundation
Mobility International
Nabuur: The Global Neighbor Network
Planet Volunteer
Rotarians for Hearing Regeneration
Saving Women's Lives
Search for Common Ground
Social Work World
South African Society for the Prevention
       of Child Abuse and Neglect
The Mindful Word
The New Rennaissance Magazine
WarChild Canada
WarChild Netherlands

Bag Lady, UK

Expat Women

Peace Links
Professional Women of Color Network
Boomer Women Speak
International Trading Portal for Women
Transitions Abroad's resource list for women
Walking Women
Women's Business Directory
Women's Calendar
Women, Food & Agriculture Network
World Pulse Magazine
"Women Speak about Growing Older
in a Youth-Oriented Society"


Accounting Jobs

Charities Directory, UK
ESL Job Project
International Council of Nurses
Job Spider
Online Health Resources
Placement USA

Red Goldfish UK
Social Work Exam

ACE Cycling and Mountaineering (Balkans)
Adventure Bargains
AlojArgentina: Travel and Tourism Argentina
AlpineElements: European Activity Holidays
Boots N All
Connected Traveler
Crooked Trails Eco Tours
Directory World
Down the Road
High Mountain Trek
iTravelNet: Travel Directory
Learn Foreign Languages
Magical Cuzco Tours
Study Abroad: Europe, Australia, Argentina, UK
Perceptive Travel
Responsible Travel
Taste of Peru
Travel Directory, UK
Wide World of Books