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so there’s been a club I was interested in joining for my first year of college, involved with microfinance. When I contacted the president, he told me I would have to pay a bit under a 1,000 dollars for their main event: a trip to Panama to help impoverished families. This would cover room and board, as well as airfare. Although I was enthusiastic about this group’s goals, I couldn’t help but think, is it really worth it? I mean sure, it’d be inspiring to be able to meet these people where they actually live, and immerse myself in a language I’ve been trying to learn for a long time…but perhaps the money would b better off just going directly to organizations that stay in there long term? Or being given directly to these families?

And this brings me to talk about why I’m so enthusiastic about tomorrow’s tweetchat; we’ve prepared smaller questions to make everyone think about the issue a bit more,  but short term volunteer trips are gonna be the main focus. The chat is at 7PM EST tomorrow, and you can follow it through the #givchat hashtag. I’d love to hear all of your thoughts on the matter! :)


It has been nearly 15 years since the launch of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Do you realize how much we have accomplished?

1) UN Women was founded in 2011.

2) Malala brought girls’ education to the international forefront.

3) Women and girls are less likely to undergo FGM.

4) 117 countries have passed laws enforcing wage equality.

5) Hashtag activism raises awareness and encourages others to join the conversation and advocate for women’s rights.

Find out more ways women and girls have been empowered since the launch of the MDGs via BuzzFeed



For teachers and educators, the ability to creatively combine web content with interactive images offers an exciting way to share engaging digital platforms for learning.

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19 August is World Humanitarian Day.

“We honour the heroic aid workers who rush bravely to help people in need. We remember their sacrifices, and we recognize the millions of people who count on humanitarian workers for their very survival,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Read his message in full:

Find out about #HumanitarianHeroes at #WHD2014

ucresearch, oupacademic, and visualizingmath have some interesting posts. Love your tagline by the way!

Thank you kindly!

This Wednesday, join us for our first ever GivChat debate! What’s on the agenda? A discussion about whether or not short term volunteer trips abroad bring long term benefits to the communities they’re meant to help. We would LOVE to hear your opinion! Join us at 7 PM EST. Follow the #givchat hashtag!


With 500 days left to accelerate action on the UN Millennium Development Goals, widely considered to be the most successful global anti-poverty push in history, 500 young people gathered at the United Nations on at a special event with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  In attendance was education and equality activist Malala Yousafzai.  

Ahead of the event, the Secretary-General gave Malala a backpack and school supplies, calling her the most famous, most hard-working student in the world. 

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Watch the full event

I have no idea why my dash has been so dead lately. Anyone wanna recommend some quality international education/development/general education blogs?

Did you know that in Canada, rural dropout rates are twice the national average? And that the graduation rate in First Nation’s reserves in Canada is only 40%? Teach For Canada / Enseigner pour le Canada is an organization that aims to reduce the disparity in education results in Canada. Check out our interview with its co-founder, Kyle Hill! When I interviewed him, I was surprised about the unique challenges that they had to face and what they learned about the communities they served.


Tell us what books YOU would like us to giveaway! 

Hi guys! In case some of you didn’t already know, I’ve only taken over this blog recently, and thus don’t have that great of an idea of the demographics of our followers and what you guys would be interested in reading. I’ve gathered here some books I own on international development and education. A lot of these were very dear to me; Adam Robinson’s book and Learning Outside the Lines really changed the way I view my own education and the overall learning process. 

Anywho, we’re approaching 10k followers which is absolutely amazing. I want to plan a giveaway for you  so PLEASE REPLY to this post with which of these books you would be interested in seeing in a giveaway, or suggest a book title with relevance to education/development if you’re interested in something that isn’t depicted here.

Thank you again for all the support!

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