"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. 

The expat life has many benefits, but one of the hardest challenges is being far from family. This can be felt the most when you hear of someone who is sick, receives a bad medical prognosis, or is in an accident. Living in a foreign country is hard when a loved one is dying.

“Do not despise the time of preparation.”  I didn’t fully embrace this advice shared with me some seven years ago by a friend who had received it herself from a mentor.


 

For the past three and a half years our family has been living in the city of Beirut, and working with marginalized people groups in different parts of the country of Lebanon. Whilst the news about countries in the Middle East do not paint a hopeful picture for people in this part of the world, our hearts fill up with excitement to see the different ways God is ...

At IDEAS, we talk about leveraging our professional skills to restore hope in communities around the world. Three years ago, IDEAS introduced the short-term trip option that allows many professionals the opportunity to be involved in a small way towards the bigger picture.  I just returned from East Asia where I saw love and hope at work in a short amount ...