Ann McLaughlin, Founder and Director
What inspired the birth of NGOabroad?
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
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
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
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
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.
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,
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?"
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!
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
new post. Mary Ellen's consult was well worth the time and money."
Invaluable in Sorting Out Chronic Illness
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.
Thanks to the team behind the scenes
Johnson, Business Consultant
Jay Borseth, Webhacker
Africa Focus: news
Africa Institute of South Africa
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
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
Positive News, UK
ACTivist magazine, Toronto
Baby Boomer Lifeboat
BEAN Business and Engineering Activists
Boomers of New Zealand & Australia
Canada's leading independent
Caucasus Environmental NGO Network
Center for Social Development, Brown
Social Work, Washington University
Compassionate Listening in Middle East
Conflict Resolution Information
The Global Chicago Center of the
Council on Foreign Relations
Nabuur: The Global Neighbor Network
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
Bag Lady, UK
Professional Women of Color Network
Boomer Women Speak
International Trading Portal for Women
Transitions Abroad's resource list for women
Women's Business Directory
Women, Food & Agriculture Network
World Pulse Magazine
"Women Speak about Growing Older
Charities Directory, UK
ESL Job Project
International Council of Nurses
Online Health Resources
Red Goldfish UK
Social Work Exam
ACE Cycling and Mountaineering (Balkans)
AlojArgentina: Travel and Tourism Argentina
AlpineElements: European Activity Holidays
Boots N All
Crooked Trails Eco Tours
Down the Road
High Mountain Trek
iTravelNet: Travel Directory
Learn Foreign Languages
Magical Cuzco Tours
Study Abroad: Europe, Australia, Argentina,
Taste of Peru
Travel Directory, UK
Wide World of Books