In Hopes of Volunteering
As Dave and I became more serious about our trip, we both knew we wanted volunteerism to be a part of our travels. Taking a year or more off of work felt like the perfect time to try to make a difference in other people’s lives – not just our own.
Dave received an email in late August from American Jewish World Service, an organization we’ve supported in the past, promoting their Volunteer Corps program. It immediately resonated with us. The program is based on partnering volunteers with local country Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) based on the NGO’s needs and the volunteer’s previous professional experience. The winter application deadline was just a few weeks away for their opportunities in Southeast Asia.
We checked the FAQ’s to make sure we both didn’t have to be Jewish, some additional research and frantically got our application together. The night of the deadline at 9pm PST and midnight EST, we hit submit.
A week later we were contacted for an interview. We each had to apply separately and our interview processes were conducted individually. We were really exited to talk to staff members about the possibility of entering the program.
Our interviews wrapped up and we are waiting to hear if we will be accepted into their winter program to spend three months or more in Thailand or Cambodia.