Delicately my friend sets a well-used plastic shopping bag in front of us on the floor. We’ve been sitting for a while on a piece of folded old carpet and drinking strong tea out of miniature glasses. The plastic bag is stuffed with old photographs. 

Wearily, his mom leaves the family’s one-room home at the bottom of the apartment building to walk to the store. Her preteen son quietly sneaks out the door and peeks around the building corner to make sure that his mother is not turning back for something she forgot. He already knows that his father is away.

Lebanon is a small country, and I used to live on the outskirts of Beirut, which is overpopulated. People were friendly and curious about others, especially when their new neighbor was the only Asian-American in that area. 

According to a 2012 Gallup report, only 13% of employees worldwide feel engaged at work. This means that only one in eight workers are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to make positive contributions to their organizations.

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"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. 

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

 I recently asked a few of our new IDEAS Associates and volunteers what they would tell someone wanting to work overseas. Perhaps their answers will help you take that next, brave step!

Have you ever wanted to take that next courageous step to seeing more of the world? Are you a solo female traveler and are not sure how to travel safely? Here are a few tips that may help you on your next, brave journey!

War steals and destroys life. Refugee women give and build life.