A few months ago I happened to catch a segment from Rainmakers TV about MovingWorlds. I was very inspired while listening to co-founder Mark Horoszowski talk about this organization. Now that I am living internationally it is becoming even more important to me to encourage others to try to take some time to see what life is like in developing countries – even if it is for a short time. Mark was kind enough to sit down with me on my last visit to Seattle to discuss MovingWorlds and the work that they do.
It seems to me that there are many of us who are retired, or almost retired and looking to do something where we can make a difference. For those of us who are really lucky, an opportunity might come along if you are looking for one. For others we create that change through hard work and sometimes a financial investment so we can start our own organization where we can live out our passion.
Moving Worlds gathers “Experteers” who are hoping to gain some practical experience, make a difference or both, Experteers dedicate a certain amount of time, usually more than one week and up to 3, 6 or 12 months to work with an organization who is creating social impact. This can be a non-profit, school or social enterprise. For a small (and I mean very small fee, starting at $150) MovingWorlds will match up a candidates experience to an organization that is looking for help, usually in a developing country.
I know you might be thinking, “Why do I have to pay $150 to look for a volunteer position?” What I have found is that it isn’t always cheap to volunteer. Most organizations will have you pay your way and charge you room and board. I am not knocking that – developing countries need all the help they can get and charging you for your room and board is OK as long as you are able to support their work. A volunteer vacation can often cost $2000 – $5000 for 1 to 2 weeks.
With MovingWorlds there are sometimes opportunities that will help you get to where you are going and even help you with your room and board while working for them. Of course this depends on your experience and what is needed at the time. To me this seems like such an awesome opportunity for someone in their mid-fifties to seventies that is up for an adventure. If you are like John and me and have aging parents, children and (yippee!) grandchildren it is hard to get away, but it isn’t forever.
If you have been thinking about taking your experience and using it to make a difference try watching this video from Rainmakers TV.
Be sure and check out the web page – www.movingworlds.org. You can sort opportunities by skill, location or cause. Happy searching!
They also have a great Facebook Page that highlights opportunities.
Here are a few of the opportunities listed from around the world: Sales Professional, Online Marketing Strategist, Teachers Assistant, Retail Expert and Online Fundraiser