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Author’s Note: In 1982, after finishing my assignment with the Colombo YMCA in Sri Lanka, I traveled for a month through Nepal and India before returning home to the USA. I flew from Colombo to Kathmandu, and after two weeks in Nepal, traveled the length of the subcontinent to...
Author's Note: At six weeks, our summer internship with the Colombo YMCA was coming to a close, and Michelle was ready to go home. But I was just getting comfortable. So, with the YMCA's blessing I stayed in Sri Lanka for a few more months, and traveled to Nepal and...
Author’s Note: Sri Lanka’s long and devastating civil war between the predominantly Tamil north and the Sinhalese south began in 1983, disrupting the peace and tranquility of the entire country for the next 26 years. During this time, the YMCA joined other local and international aid agencies to provide...
Author’s note: "The YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) is one of the oldest and largest Movements for youth in the world. Founded in London, England in 1844, it now works in 119 countries, reaching 58 million people. The YMCA works to bring social justice and peace to young people...
Author’s Note: In this "Living and Working Abroad" series, my aim is to demonstrate how anyone can experience genuine fulfillment and self-discovery through different, freer ways of living – ones that are not narrowly focused on blind ambition, resume building, or saving the world, but more so on following...
Author's Note: In this "Living and Working Abroad" series, my aim is to demonstrate how anyone can experience genuine fulfillment and self-discovery through different, freer ways of living – ones that are not narrowly focused on blind ambition, resume building, or saving the world, but more so on following your...
Editor's Note: This is the second part of the two-part series: Traveling Road Show 1986. Emerging after three years in the Pacific where he was working with the YMCAs of Western Samoa and Fiji, the adventure spark was lit. Hoisting his backpack, Jim Mielke headed off for Papua New...
Editor's Note:  Over the past 35 years, Jim Mielke, a public health doc, has had the privilege of living and working in some of the poorest, most remote and under-served countries in the Asia-Pacific region where he assisted governments, international aid agencies and communities.  In recent years, a big part...
A mountain bike tour is a great activity that has many benefits. It allows people to enjoy the great outdoors and it is a wonderful physical activity that provides great exercise. It is something that can help both physically and financially and is often an economical way to spend...
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