Often we do not realize that much of our identity is based on our cultural foundation. Most of us are confident that we know how to operate in our daily lives—in familiar settings. We know our professional culture: how to complete our daily work, how relationships ought to be carried out, how to make small talk around the “water cooler.” We are familiar with ...

When my daughter lived in Hawaii, she worked with a non-profit that had a friendship and feeding ministry with homeless and low-income people.  Their ministry included interacting with the people they served, which was described as talk story.

We first arrived in Morocco with two little boys, ages three and five, in tow. Imagine the scene — piles of suitcases, hungry children, sleep-deprived parents.

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!

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

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.”

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

Recently, I sat with a young friend over tea. She and her husband are moving overseas in a few months with their precious baby girl. As she shared her thoughts, fears and excitement, the memories of our first overseas move with children began to flood back.