MovingWorlds

Program Reviews

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Shiouwen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am a freelance director and have been aspiring to contribute my skills to help tell stories for a cause. Through Moving Worlds’ introduction, I collaborated with Bodhi Tree school in Bodhgaya, Northern India. With the video, they hope to raise awareness and funding for the special needs children program.

I had amazing time working with the kids, families, school staff and exploring deep into their culture during the one month visit. All was seemingly overwhelming for the first few days of my arrival, yet the organization along with other volunteers were so welcoming that helped me ease in and feel like home. My everyday visit to the school and time with the kids in the classroom were the most rewarding experience. They might not be perfect perceived by society's standard, yet their energy and smiles are the most powerful!

I was truly honored to spend time and learn from those strong little souls. They were the inspiration of the documentary. I followed their daily routines at the school and visited families in the villages to document the predicament and the help needed to overcome.

It was certainly a lifetime experience that I will never forget. I am grateful to discover Moving Worlds for such an incredible opportunity.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Join the program. Take a leap now and you will not regret!
Dorene
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

We are a couple who worked with Moving Worlds to land a project at an animal recovery center in Northern India. Our time there was incredibly rewarding and we learned a tremendous amount about the challenges and opportunities in animal welfare. We fell in love with the animals at the farm (including cows, donkeys and bulls, animals that we had no prior relationship with. Unfortunately, we saw some brutal animal cruelty by humans on cows, but we also discovered they have unique personalities, from the cow that would push me from behind in the butt or would eat from the garden when I wasn't looking. Some of the big animal recovery issues received significant social media and traditional media attention, thanks to the efforts of our video work. It was definitely a personally and professionally rewarding project.

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Michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I thoroughly enjoyed experteering with Moving Worlds. I traveled to Ghana in West Africa and worked with Dr. Addae and his staff at the College Of Integrative Medical Sciences (CIMS) in May of 2014. I first became aware of Moving Worlds after meeting co-founder Mark Horoszowski at a Lean Start Up Conference. Mark and the staff worked with me throughout the process of learning about the organization and opportunities available. I was matched and had great training before actually travelling. I had spent almost 30 years in accounting and wasn't sure that I wanted to continue in the field. I was also looking for an overseas experience where I could have an impact in educational and/ or healthcare environments. This was the perfect match. I spent three weeks there photographing different situations and listening to people tell there stories. Also I was able to help with budgeting and other financial issues. The experience showed me that I still want to work in accounting - just in ways that I haven't done before. I would highly recommend Moving Worlds because of the opportunity to give back and because of the excellent resources and people within the organization!

What would you improve about this program?
No suggestions. Wonderful organization with great people and awesome resources!
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Deana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was looking to travel somewhere new, but also volunteer where I could be impactful. MovingWorlds connected me with an organization in Guatemala that was looking for my unique skillset, (visual design, UX design, user research, and retail experience,) and it was a great match. I helped them redesign their website from the ground up and also helped lead a small team of volunteers to execute our vision. I worked for them in person for a week and remotely for 8 months. Everyone was really friendly and great to work with, and the area was beautiful. I was really glad to not only have a wonderful adventure, but also walk away with experience and a portfolio piece that will help me in my career.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish I had more time to spend there in person instead of only being there a week. I in total volunteered for them for 8 months, but only was able to stay a week in person because of work obligations.
Erin Dowd
Erin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Moving Worlds is amazing! They provide connections to volunteer opportunities all over the world targeting specific skills, and they also support through online training and a comprehensive document that becomes the pre-departure conversation between the volunteer and the organization. While I can only speak for the two organizations I volunteered with, I had experiences that both benefited my career and gave me new ideas for future endeavors.

In my first placement I was the ESL coordinator at Vanavil Trust in India tasked with setting up a computer lab, training teachers in English instructional practices, working with students, and providing recommendations for improvement. Everyone I worked with cared deeply about the children in the program, and I felt safe and at home immediately. I still plan to work with them on future projects.

When I got home I didn't feel like I was done volunteering so I checked out the Moving Worlds website again to find a fantastic opportunity to further develop my skills in curriculum writing and consultation. I began working with Honduras Child Alliance. I was able to visit the project site twice and write an entire curriculum. I was then able to train volunteers and program staff and observe my project in action.

Because of Moving Worlds I have been able to extend my global network, deepen my skills, and explore a new career option.

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Jamie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I wanted to gain more experience in the international sustainability space, and by working with MovingWorlds to find three concrete work opportunities, I not only was able to grow and develop as a professional, I also had the chance to become emerged in three distinctly unique cultures. If you love to travel, Experteering is a great way to truly meet local people and have a deep and meaningful experience. Experteering is also a way of advancing one's career through innovative projects that you can mold to what you want to achieve.

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Sarah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As a recent retiree looking for adventure and a way to make a difference in the world, and after several unsatisfactory tries, I found MovingWorlds. Through the MovingWorlds website, I found UBONGO Kids, a start-up company in Tanzania that makes cartoons to teach kids math and science. UBONGO Kids ("Brainy Kids" in Swahili)had made the first season of episodes in Swahili, and was looking for a native English speaker to help with recording those episodes in English to reach a wider audience in Africa. UBONGO Kids turned out to be a perfect fit for me. After my initial two-month stay in 2014, I went back in 2015 and have plans to return in 2016 (after I finish a year of classes in Swahili). I like that I am working for a Tanzanian company, which controls the vision and the content of the programs, and which has a need for the skills I have.

While I was extremely lucky in finding such a good fit, MovingWorlds, acting as the catalyst, had a lot to do with making the luck happen. MovingWorlds not only provided the website with potential opportunities, but they also acted as mediator as UBONGO Kids and I negotiated our expectations for my time as an experteer. The MovingWorlds planning guide helped us both to think through the process. As a bonus, MovingWorlds sets an expectation with their clients that the host will provide some benefit. For me, this meant that UBONGO Kids provided me with a room and most meals, which allowed my travel funds to go much farther than they would have had I had to cover room and board.

What would you improve about this program?
MovingWrolds is not a single program. Any experteer's experience is going to depend on the project they ultimately pick. MovingWorlds does its best to act as mediator and guide, providing advice and expertise before, during and after the project.

I frankly don't know what would have happened had I become ill or had some other kind of emergency. MovingWorlds gave guidance before the trip about overseas health insurance, as well as common sense tips about living in a different culture, so I felt as if I would have been covered in case of emergency.