All posts by Molly Stern

Podcast with Projects Abroad on Ending Orphanage Volunteering

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Jennifer Puyo from Projects Abroad sat down with Molly Stern, Communications Consultant at the IVPA to discuss the organization’s decision to end orphanage volunteering placements. In the discussion, Jennifer talks about how leadership came to make the decision to end this type of volunteering, other ways Projects Abroad supports communities and families around the world, and alternative placements for volunteers hoping to work with kids.

Thank you to Jennifer and Projects Abroad for this insightful conversation.

Why Standards Matter For International Volunteering Programs

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Steve Atamian from Cross Cultural Solutions discusses the importance around the IVPA standards and why volunteers should ask organizations tough questions before committing to their volunteer abroad programs. Read more about the important IVPA standards on our webpage here and learn more about the incredible programs that Cross Cultural Solutions offer here.


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AYUDA Podcast – Sending Volunteers Abroad with Diabetes

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The staff at AYUDA were kind enough to sit down with me and record the first podcast for the IVPA to discuss the wisdom they’ve gained over the years in sending people with diabetes (and other disabilities) abroad to partner with communities on educational projects surrounding diabetes. As more organizations work towards making their programs accessible to people with disabilities or who may need accommodations, AYUDA has been doing this type of work for a long time and sheds light on some of the considerations for both organizations and prospective volunteers before going abroad. Thanks to both Melanie Goldring and Arianna Tuomey for sharing their perspectives on this topic.


For more information on how to volunteer with AYUDA, please visit their website:


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