6 Things to Include in Your Pre-departure Guidebook

Before our donors and volunteers depart on trips with our organization, it is important to adequately prepare them. Doing so mitigates potential risks and increases the likelihood of a positive experience. I used to think that handing out lengthy guidebooks was essential to preparing our visitors. Many of them will also do their own research, […]

Preparing our Visitors When Knowledge is Not Enough

I’ve spent years sending donors, volunteers, students, and staff on overseas assignments and I’m keenly interested in what makes people successful in foreign environments. Many of us know someone who didn’t cope well on an international trip, while others surprised us with the ease at which they seemed to adapt just about anywhere. Why is […]