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Claire first went overseas as a teenager to volunteer in Nepal, where she later helped to found a rural development organization. Gradually she became skeptical of her ability, as a foreigner, to significantly contribute to community development, and left Nepal to tackle what she believed to be the root causes of global inequality: education and awareness in developed countries. She was the UK coordinator of youth organization Development in Action, worked with Think Global supporting disadvantaged youth to take action on global issues in their own communities, and became a coordinator for a DFID strategy to embed a global dimension to classroom education. After volunteering with VSO in Cambodia, Claire is now back in Nepal working for US-based global citizenship education company Where There Be Dragons and freelancing as a development education consultant.
Joe’s teenage experiences volunteering in Latin America and the Philippines led to a lifetime of learning, writing, and lecturing about the impact of U.S. policies on the lives of the world’s impoverished majority. He is co-founder of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First); a Guggenheim Fellow recognized for his work on issues of inequitable development; and he has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California Santa Cruz. His books include Food First, World Hunger: Twelve Myths, Chile’s Free-Market Miracle: A Second Look, No Free Lunch, and Aid As Obstacle. Collins has been a consultant in Africa, Asia and Latin America to U.N. and international non-governmental organizations.
Zahara is the co-author of How to Live Your Dream Of Volunteering Overseas. Her career as a writer and social justice organizer is grounded in her work overseas: volunteering to plant fruit trees in rural Zambia and helping to build a medical clinic in Nicaragua. She is a contributing editor and columnist on volunteering abroad at Transitions Abroad. Her articles have been published in Community Jobs magazine and in the book Global Backlash: Citizen Initiatives for a Just World Economy. Heckscher resides in Washington, D.C., where she completed her M.A. in International Development at American University.
Daniela is the founder of PEPY Tours, an educational travel company and PEPY, a youth leadership; education organization in Cambodia. Due to the waste she encountered in the aid sector and her experience with international volunteering, Daniela has become an international advocate for a learning-first approach to international service. She has worked with travel companies around the world to help them improve their philanthropic travel offerings and frequently speaks and writes on the topic. She recently graduated from Oxford’s Said Business School and was selected as a Skoll Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship.