It’s summer! Though our travel may be limited, many of us still long for a vacation from our current surroundings. Enjoy some of my favorite mystery series, and have fun traveling to different time periods and places around the world, including countries where IDEAS works!

Read around the world this summer to some of the countries where IDEAS works! Enjoy this summer reading list for teens and tweens created by IDEAS Associate and global librarian, Libby. Stayed tuned next week for a summer reading list for adults!

While living and working overseas, it’s normal to wonder at times, “Is it worth it? Does what I’m doing matter?” Recently I have been assured that the answer is, "Yes!"

I dedicate this blog to all the amazing educators who, with little or no advance warning, have stepped up to remotely teach the world’s children. The stories I share below barely scratch the surface of what I hear and see among the educators here in Jordan as well as across the globe.

If you have ever read " Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst, you can sympathize with Alexander’s woes of waking up with gum in his hair, not being able to please his teachers, discovering a cavity at the dentist’s office, and losing his best friend to someone else. 

Do you have skeletons in your closet? Our Associates in Egypt do, and he even has a name – Max.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a first-year, first grade teacher in your first year overseas? Read how one IDEAS volunteer is learning to thrive in the classroom and navigate a new culture and community!

Something about conducting a teachers meeting from a preschool-sized chair helps keep things in perspective. Any sense of superiority or pride vanishes while we discuss the challenges and struggles that our small refugee preschoolers will face when they start school in the fall.