International Volunteering & Careers
“Ann took great efforts to understand my
needs and goals in taking a social service sabbatical to South
America. Consequently, the list of international organizations that
NGOabroad gave me was very tailored to my specific needs. I got much
more than I could have gotten from the Internet: access to databases
and information that I was unaware of and a deeper perspective on
Latin America and the practical issues associated with traveling
there. Ann was very considerate of me, especially my busy schedule.
The fee that I paid is a small price to pay for such a valuable
service and for the many hours that Ann spent preparing the list.”
Belfast, Northern Ireland
(In days past, Roadmap of Resources were called Lists of Opportunity.)
"I saw NGOabroad's ad and I
thought: "This is too good to be true." As I filled out the initial survey,
I thought: "I'm not giving any financial information; who knows what
they'll do with it." My conversation with Ann, however, and all the
attention and resources that she has provided are absolutely real. I'm so
glad that I gave that posting a shot. Now I'm sifting through a wealth of
information on organizations to figure out where is the best fit for me."
New York City, USA
|Finance & Information
Technology to Poverty Reduction
"I came to Ann looking for a paid role in a poverty reduction/advocacy
programme. After a long conversation with Ann, I found in her someone
who understood my passion for serving people in poverty. In fact, Ann
realised better than I did what I really wanted to do and so sent me a
list of contacts in the areas I had asked for and also a list of
contacts in volunteer work. I have contacted some of the organisations on the volunteer lists and they are exactly what I wanted. Ann,
you were right, volunteering in a grassroots programme is the right step
for me now. Thank you
so much for all the work that you put into the Lists -they have been
well worth the money.
"I was in the Peace Corps; then worked 30 years in Social Work. I want to
return to international service."
Thanks so much for your exhaustive work. I'm reading and rereading through
the information and waiting for my ordered ink cartridges to download the
rest. Thanks for the incredible direction and fuel to get me moving!
“Ann, you really opened my eyes to the possibilities! You looked at
from such different angles that entirely new options were opened
up for my
skills. Thank you for introducing me to honest organizations
that fit within
my budget. And thanks to you, I am
aware of what I can do at home to better
prepare for international
Sabbatical from Silicon Valley
I want to thank you for
helping me plan my upcoming sabbatical. The advice and resources you
provided were invaluable. After a decade in the high-tech industry, I
knew I needed a change of scenery, and that I wanted to give something
back since I have been so fortunate. During our initial conversation you
intuitively sensed what I was looking for, and where my interests and
skills would be most valuable.
I am now introducing
myself to the contacts you sent at schools and orphanages in Asia and
Africa. I am looking forward to spending time caring for children, and
passing on some of the business knowledge that has made me successful at
home. I hope that my time abroad will not only enrich my life, but also
provide me with experience that will be valuable in all my future
endeavors. Thanks again, and I enthusiastically recommend NGOabroad! All
Compliments of the day to you! I am really glad reading from you and
your sincere efforts to see me through my objective. I am from a
family that have gone through hard times and often been left
desolate. My constant mingling with the less privilege induces me to
seek this volunteering. I have lots of passion on the disadvantaged
and the crippled in the society. I am very interested in the
catholic setup. I am very happy for your kind assistance and
advises. You are really God given to humanity. I am really appreciative of your efforts. May the good Lord
reward you abundantly for your helps to me. Be blessed.
Cape Town, South Africa
"As is often the
case, I received more than I bargained for. Except that this time
the experience has been completely positive and helpful. Ann showed
a keen interest in my needs and capabilities, matching me with
current, relevant, and concrete links to great opportunities. To be
honest, I am not used to this kind of service. Ann delivered in the
shortest amount of time a sizeable listing of well organized links,
addresses, names, descriptions, and generous suggestions to
jobs tailored to my skill and interest. NGOabroad has been well
worth the investment and I now know of avenues I had no idea existed
before. Thanks a million for your great service and good
Portugal, now Seattle, USA
"There's only so much research you can do on your own, and even
though the internet is a wonderful tool, I was not able to reach a great number of volunteer organizations
and information. With Ann's help I was immediately given personal
one-on-one attention as she assessed (and I reaffirmed) my
strengths, weaknesses and goals. Ann effectively and efficiently
compiled a substantial list of excellent fitting volunteer
opportunities that I would never have found on my own. She also
added in her own helpful comments noting advantages/disadvantages
and recommendations with each opportunity. I can now more
confidently choose the next challenge in my life. The fee required
was well worth every penny."
NGOabroad, is remarkable. I was skeptical about paying someone to do what I
felt I could do for myself, but Ann has gathered resources for ten years and
has contacts all over the world. After one phone call of just over an hour,
she really “got” who I was and the various ways that I could be of service.
She tailored her services to suit my personality and it fit like a glove.
My experience is that NGOabroad is one heck of an organization that delivers
what it promises and exceeds expectations. I highly recommend NGOabroad to
those who are considering volunteering overseas. They are a class act!"
San Francisco, USA
Soweto, South Africa j. barrett.
can’t say enough wonderful things about the service that Ann provides
with NGObroad. I contacted Ann only a month before I was planning to
leave for South Africa to see if she could help me find a suitable
organization to volunteer for. We spoke on the phone for over an hour
while Ann dedicated herself to understanding exactly who I was and what
I wanted. She is a very perceptive person and was quickly able to repeat
back to me exactly what I was looking for. By the time I hung up the
phone with her, I was not only highly impressed with her knowledge and
passion, but also even more excited about the adventure I was about to
undertake. Knowing that I was working within a restricted time frame,
Ann was incredible in that she produced my fantastic, personally
annotated lists the very next day so that I could get right to work at
contacting the organizations! The speed of this turn-around coupled with
the thoroughness of the lists she provided made me know that the service
provided had been worth every penny. I would recommend it to anyone
looking to become aware of what opportunities are out there and how to
best structure their intentions to lend aid. Thank you so much for
everything, Ann, and best of luck with the future of NGOabroad!"
Want to Work with my Hands!"
"Ann was a cheerful
help on the phone. She asked appropriate and intelligent questions
to get a feel of what kind of volunteer work I want to do. I enjoyed
talking to her on the phone, her attitude was fun and positive. She
is also reliable when it comes to return e-mails and phone calls.
She has an excellent knowledge about volunteer work, she is educated
and aware of political and social issues for different countries."
"Ann a ete tres enthousiaste et
aimable au telephone. Elle m'a interrogee d'une facon intelligente
pour bien comprendre mes besoins en tant que cooperante
internationale. J'ai beaucoup apprecie son attitude plaisante et
positive. Elle est aussi tres fiable, elle a retourne mes courriels
et appels telephoniques a temps. Elle connait bien les enjeux
sociaux et politiques de differents pays."
New York resident; native Quebec, Canada
I am a midwifery student looking to work internationally. I called
Ann with the hope that she could help me find a placement. She
looked into it immediately with an International Midwife on the
NGOabroad team. This midwife advised that, for my particular
situation, I get more experience in the States before heading
overseas. Although it meant that Ann would turn away business, she
was very upfront about this advice. I am taking her advice but hope
to work with Ann in the future. She is someone that I can trust.
New York City, USA
|School Construction in Kenya;
"I've been telling all my friends this about NGOabroad: Ann, the director
of nGoAbroad is
great at answering my questions and providing additional follow
up details. She's made a list of opportunities, custom tailored
to our skills, so that our volunteer experience can change and
grow as we do. Check it out and see if it's the boost you need
to take the leap and "Get Out There! Good Luck My Friends."
Brenda & Brian Luzander
Portland, OR, USA
“I was impressed with the way
NGOabroad works from the start. Ms Ann McLaughlin and her staff opened my
eyes to the situations and way-of-life in the most remote parts of the
world. I was impressed with their familiarity and know-how. True to their
mission, NGOabroad helped me to identify my skills, interests, and goals to
match the work of organizations active in countries that I’m interested in.
It is so refreshing to know that an organization like this exists. NGOabroad's helpfulness encompasses service, recruitment, and career
counseling. Complete with that is the human touch. It ties the entire
package with a sparkling red ribbon.”
Brussells, Belgium B
“NGOabroad is a wonderful organization and service which values what an
important decision it is to volunteer abroad. I called NGOabroad and within
minutes, my call was responded to. Ann and I had a lengthy conversation
about different ways to volunteer abroad. Her conversation with me and the
list of information she sent me was personalized to fit my field of
expertise, qualifications, interests and level of volunteering.
Ann is still an on-going resource for me and I have learned a great deal
New York City, USA
Animal Science/ Agriculture
"I was born in Colombia so I
have dedicated my life to seeing that people are fed.
I have an animal science/ agriculture background
and wanted to incorporate that with volunteer work overseas. I
researched some, but was unsuccessful. Then I found out about
NGOabroad. After talking with Ann, I was very encouraged to hear
about the range of possibilities relating to farming and
agriculture. Ann did an amazing job compiling a long list of
volunteer opportunities related to agriculture. I’m looking
forward to sorting through the lists and finding the right
volunteer opportunity for me.
De Volta ao Brasil
"Apos a minha criacao nos EUA e no Brasil, adquiri um certo
gosto pelo trabalho voluntario. Eu achei o servico da
nGoAbroad muito util na minha pesquisa inicial de
trabalhos voluntarios. Ha muitas maneiras de procurar
por este tipo de trabalho mas assim que descobri os servicos
da nGoAbroad que por sinal funcionam inteiramente ao redor dos
interesses do seu cliente, decidi colocar a minha fe em algo
que acabou sendo uma grande ajuda para mim."
Kelly Heythausen Pack
Washington, D.C., USA
Return to Brazil: Cultural Preservation
"Having grown up both in the U.S. and in Brazil I really wanted to
work or volunteer abroad. I found NGOabroad to be a really useful
resource that helped me get started with my volunteer service
abroad. There are just too many ways to go about this out there
but once I learned about NGOabroad's customized service I decided
to put my faith into what turned out to be great helping hands!"
I went to Nepal this past spring to do some volunteer work and had a
great time. I used one of the organizations that you included on
your list and it worked out wonderfully. Anyway, a belated thank
you for your services.
"Thank you Ann
McLaughlin for making it possible for me to return to my homeland to help."
from Zambia, now in New York City, USA
Restaurant Manager to Mentor Street Youth
awesome indeed, Ann McLaughlin."
Elliot G. Mercer
New Hope, PA