Because IDEAS works in over 13 countries to restore hope in marginalized communities, we’ve seen a few airports. . . and we’ve eaten at a few airport restaurants!

"So, why should I join IDEAS?" I love this question. In fact, I never get tired of it because it is the exact question a possible volunteer or long-term Associate should be asking. 

Recently while in Jordan visiting some of our IDEAS Associates, I was reminded of practical ways to be a respectful guest while visiting or working in a country outside the U.S. Here are some travel tips that will make you a welcome guest.

We asked an IDEAS Associate, who recently began working with our refugee project in Cyprus, to share how serving refugees has transformed her life.

With thumb and forefinger she wipes the tears welling up in her eyes. . .

 At IDEAS, we value and believe that community is formed by intentional relationships, and is the context in which we collaborate, work, serve and care.

“Keep on loving each other as brothers.  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing, some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

We bounced along for hours over a rough road in the mountains of rural China.  A local friend had arranged for us to spend the day with his wife’s family who lived in a home made of packed mud perched on the side of a steep slope.