Traveling Towards Now

I have always struggled to live in the present. My need to plan the future and see what it holds borders on the obsessive. The majority of my day, ideas, to do lists, and future trips buzz around my mind. This way of thinking can be helpful (cue the semester in college when I worked two part-time jobs on top of an internship and five classes), but sometimes I’m so focused on the unknown that I miss what is all around me. Very few things bring the commotion in my head to a halt – but I’m privileged to say travel is one.

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10 Minutes with Faith

By Esther Pew, YNPNmaine Board Co-Chair

My friend Faith Robinson and I met on our first day of classes at the University of Southern Maine’s School of Social Work. To learn more about Faith, including her interests in social work, the nonprofit field, and YNPNmaine, check out my member interview with her below.

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Getting Past Good Intentions: Committing to Responsible International Volunteering

In college I spent a semester in Amman, Jordan. I happened to be in Jordan when the Arab Spring sprung, so it was a super fascinating socio-political environment. I was learning Arabic, learning about the refugee and water crises, and studying conflict resolution. I was seeing dear friends in their home communities. I celebrated my 21st birthday at the Australian embassy. I ate a lot (A LOT) of falafel and hummus and tabouleh and olives. I floated in the Dead Sea and spent a few nights in the desert. I visited Petra and rode a camel. I had an internship for 15 hours a week at the Justice Center for Legal Aid, and thought a lot about my volunteer participation while I was there.

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Life & Confusion After Art School

Life & Confusion After Art School

Lately I’ve been reflecting on where I’ve been (school), where I am (out of ideas), and daydreaming about where to go next (open to suggestions). To help you understand where I’m coming from, here’s a breakdown:

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One New Job, Many Mistakes, and a Trip Abroad

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Europe is calling my name – in two days I will be hopping a bus, two planes, and one compact rental car into the heart of Germany to visit my nephew who is spending his junior year of high school in a town in the very north of the country.  The vacation was booked over six months ago, when I was approaching the 1.5 year mark at a difficult job without an end in sight. Fast forward to today in a very different place: two months into a brand new position at a brand new non-profit and I’m about to say bon voyage (or the German equivalent) for two weeks.

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