"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.

There is loss in leaving, and adults come to know it quickly. Experienced overseas workers learn how to make immediate friendships, grieve good-byes, and move on to the next wave of arrivals. There is a cycle, and most of us are transient. You get used to it.

One evening, 17 years ago, I was out walking my dog, and I began processing my life. That particular evening, I started thinking about my calling and my future.

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

There are many "Movers and Shakers," and not just those who harvest olives. . . 

I talk and teach a lot about “trauma-informed care.” Trauma-informed care basically means care (provided by anyone) informed by the knowledge of the science of what trauma does to the brain and body as well as the nuances of what this might look like emotionally and socially. This approach shifts away from the question of “What’s wrong with this person?” to a ...

What is something new you’d like to try this year? Visiting a new country? Starting a new hobby? Joining a new group? Starting a new relationship? Learning a new skill? Stepping into a new career? Or stepping into your current career in new ways?

It’s like a switch deep inside me. I can turn it on, but it’s more common for me to turn it off.  

Working with IDEAS has opened my eyes and heart to the many needs and opportunities we serve worldwide. I am humbled and inspired by the sacrifices that you and our associates make in order to see lives transformed in communities of contagious hope.