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I took each of my two granddaughters on a trip when they turned 13, as a rite of passage. It was tremendously bonding for us. It deepened our love and our relationship, but it also sensitized the girls to different cultures and helped them gain an understanding and empathy for others.

- Anonymous

There are a multitude of resources that could be listed on this page. We have compiled just a few that we believe you may find useful before or after your GCN experience. The resources have been sorted around the issues of Travel Assistance, Community Development, Fair Trade, and Philanthropy.

 

Travel Assistance

Volunteer International Card

Global Citizens Network is excited to endorse the International Volunteer Card(IVC) The IVC is an internationally recognized identification and discount card, available exclusively to volunteers.  Just go to the following web link to sign up and purchase the International Volunteer Card

Interactive Packing List

Do you feel like you forget something every time you pack for a trip? Get organized with our interactive packing list! We've brainstormed a list of over 100 commonly packed items and separated them into categories, ranging from personal items to outdoor gear. Just check off the items you need for your trip, type in up to 10 additional items of your own choosing, and hit "Get My List!" We'll create a packing list customized just for you. You can print your list, e-mail it to yourself or a friend, or save it to your computer for easy access in the future. Give it a try!

 

Health

Center for Disease Control

Includes information on outbreaks, specific diseases, recommended vaccinations, and traveling with children and pets.

U.S. State Department

Official site of the U.S. Department of State. Includes information about countries and regions, traveling and living abroad, and more.

 

Conversion Rates

X-Rates.com

Offers interactive foreign currency exchange rate conversion based on the 12:00p.m. EST buying values from the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.

 

Time Zones

World Time Zone

Features a time zone map that displays current local time for locations around the world.

PlanetaryTime.com

Features local times, calling codes and currencies for countries all over the world.  A very helpful resource.

 

Telephone

Country Calling Codes

Interactive series of codes needed to make a phone call to and from anywhere by selecting the appropriate countries and cities from pull-down menus.

 

Translation

Google Translate

Language translator used for translating text or web pages from English and other languages to French, German, Greek, Chinese, Spanish, and 60+ others!

 

Community Development

Indigenous Cultural Survival

News source by and about indigenous rights

World Views

Provide information and educational materials about peace and justice. Particular attention paid to nations of Latin America, Africa, Asia and Pacific, the Caribbean, and the Middle East

Millennium Institute

The Millennium Institute seeks to develop and provide advanced analytical tools for development on a national and global scale, and to form values-related questions and analyses on the consequences of development strategies.

Doing Good Together 

A non-profit for parents, inspiring families to volunteer.  GCN is grateful for the support from DGT in developing our youth participant journals!

 

Fair Trade

Peace Coffee

Organic, shade grown coffees and information on the ecology of coffee farming. "A cultural, social and consumable revolution with grounds firmly fixed in a Farmer Friendly Fair Trade Reality"

Ten Thousand Villages

Provides fair income to people living in the non-Western world by marketing their handicrafts in North America. Ten Thousand Villages makes an effort to work with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.

Coat of Many Colors

St. Paul, MN 651-690-5255
Provide clothing, jewelry and gifts from cottage industries around the world. 20% of profits return to third world development.

  

Philanthropy

A great resource for understanding tax deductibility for volunteer vacations (November 2010)

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/volunteer-vacations-let-you-help-others-1.aspx

Universal Giving

Directory of giving opportunities to socially responsible international organizations.

Network for Good

Guide to local and national charities with information on how to donate, volunteer, and speak out on a variety of issues.

MicroPlace

Online service that enables individuals to learn about microfinance, find investment opportunities, and invest. A web-based, eBay-like marketplace to connect ordinary people (with investable assets as little as $100) with microfinance entities that need capital.

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