In this time when coronavirus Covid-19 is ravaging the world, physical international volunteering has taken a pause. Many countries have closed their borders to international travelers or have imposed quarantine restrictions. I read this morning that the only continent in the world that the virus hasn’t reached is Antarctica. The time will come when we can again feel safe traveling internationally but it might depend upon the development and distribution of a vaccine. In the interim, there are ways we can help now.
In this newsletter, you will find two articles that discuss how we can currently help. Other articles include a link to a newsletter that has the latest on the pandemic and international job vacancies related to it.
The balance of the pieces in this edition discuss preparing yourself for your first solo international trip, development in Bangladesh, and a volunteer whose timing of a volunteer trip to Patagonia ran into Covid-19 travel restrictions at the conclusion of his stay.
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Nicholas Kristof is an opinion columnist for the New York Times. His columns have often focused on poverty, global health, and gender issues in the developing world. In the following column, he offers suggestions as to how we can help those in need in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read at Change Lives.
Devex is “a social enterprise and media platform for the global development community”. Among their publications is a Weekly Jobs Newsletter which lists current job vacancies in global development, health, and humanitarian relief. Their Covid-19 newsletter that includes the latest international information on the pandemic as well as a list of job vacancies related to Covid-19 issues. Read at Devex Covid-19
Australian writer Nadine Cresswell-Myatt did not start traveling alone internationally until she was 61. In this article. on the website Travel Awaits, she offers some great pointers about how to prepare yourself for your first solo international trip. Read First Solo International Trip
I have worked on two volunteer missions in Bangladesh. I was very impressed with both the people and the non-governmental organizations of the country. Of particular note was the spirit and dedication of the women’s organizations in the villages. Writer Erik G. Jansen, in the Dhaka Times, writes about the current situation development in Bangladesh in How Bangladesh Has Changed.