Did you know that thinking like a librarian has the power to transform lives?

Typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, contagious disease outbreak, military conflict, and riots.  No matter where you live, preparation is important to survive natural and human-caused disasters. Are you ready?

 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!

Learning to Let Go

Jul 10, 2018 2:56:17 PM Sarah Rymer Hope, Life, Tips

Working at an international organization, I have realized that letting go is an every day experience for our staff and overseas professionals. Letting go of homes, communities, relationships and expectations are all a part of of our routine. But it is also a part of our daily lives, no matter where you live in the world.

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Leaving your home to live in a new country can be an exciting adventure. Here are some practical tips to make your move smoother.

When I first moved overseas fifteen years ago, I was told over and over, “You are going into a new culture.  Be a learner.  You don’t know this culture.  Be a learner.”  Over and over…

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!

 After working with IDEAS for over a decade, combined with a lifetime of living overseas, I have come to realize three items that draw me to IDEAS.

While reading books on anthropology and history can give insights into cross-cultural living, it is much more fun to read novels that deal with these same issues. 

“Make sure you say goodbye” I text these words to my youngest son, followed by “It’s important to say your goodbyes.”