Everyday Ambassador (EA)’s mission is “to create a cultural shift in the world of travel and volunteerism/service, so that good intentions are always translated into respectful social change efforts.”
EA’s website explains that “an everyday ambassador is someone striving to make the world a better place, whether globally or locally, and does so with a strong focus on respectful, responsible human connection. We reject terminology, like “saving” or “helping” others, and instead phrase our service in terms of two-way exchanges and mutual growth. We also, as a community, believe it’s important to unplug and digitally detox at least once a week in order to get back in touch with our capacity for human connection. In general, everyday ambassadors are self-aware, flexible, and culturally sensitive.”
EA is a great resource for volunteers and their website has information on the book, blog and movement.
Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad (SASHAA) is a program of the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVC). SASHAA is a resource for travelers, providing a program “specifically address the needs for prevention and response to American sexual assault survivors overseas.”
Travelers can find country specific information on safety tips and prevention through the “Knowb4ugo” project by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before traveling. For travelers who experience an assault, SASHAA also maintains an international hotline. For more information visit SASHAA.