Before planning your next family vacation, check out this NY Times article and learn about the benefits of family volunteering. This rapidly growing trend will give your family a chance to play a global role in helping others while also expanding your worldview. 
Join our volunteer abroad program we have planned for this summer!
January 14, 2013

Before planning your next family vacation, check out this NY Times article and learn about the benefits of family volunteering. This rapidly growing trend will give your family a chance to play a global role in helping others while also expanding your worldview. 

Join our volunteer abroad program we have planned for this summer!

January 10, 2013

“Soap Companion” has donated 72 hand-made soaps to the children of Los Guandules, Good Neighbors Dominican Republic.

Along with the soap, they provided training showing the children the proper way to wash their hands. Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. Thorough cleaning will remove about 99.8% of viruses from the hands. Thank you very much to “Soap Companion” for your warm heart and devotion.

Today is a very special day for us… our president, David Strand, turns 70! A big happy birthday from all of us at Good Neighbors USA!
January 9, 2013

Today is a very special day for us… our president, David Strand, turns 70! A big happy birthday from all of us at Good Neighbors USA!

We love surprises in the office every now and then, especially the sweet ones! This special treat was brought in by our wonderful director.
January 9, 2013

We love surprises in the office every now and then, especially the sweet ones! This special treat was brought in by our wonderful director.

Volunteer abroad with us in 2013! We’re taking volunteers with us to Guatemala this summer to spend a week building cookstoves for families, visiting our community developing projects, and enjoying some awesome tourist activities. Get all the info you need here!
January 7, 2013

Volunteer abroad with us in 2013! We’re taking volunteers with us to Guatemala this summer to spend a week building cookstoves for families, visiting our community developing projects, and enjoying some awesome tourist activities. Get all the info you need here!

January 3, 2013

Happy Holidays, everyone! Last week was our annual holiday party where we got to ring in some Christmas cheer with our donors, volunteers, and supporters. It was a great success and we are so thankful for everyone that made it out! Check out some more photos from our party here

January 3, 2013

On December 28, 2012, Good Neighbors Cambodia hosted a birthday party for all children that were born in the month of June to December. Staff members handed out gifts to each child in celebration of their birthday and Christmas. Good Neighbors Cambodia hosts a party for the children twice a year, every year, in June and December. 

January 2, 2013

There’s more than 1,500 elementary students living in Nacasangwe, Madale in Tanzania and only one elementary school, classrooms can be filled with upwards of 100 kids.  The city has no middle school so students will walk 1.5-2 hours every morning to go to school.

Kia Motors in partnership with Good Neighbors, are retrofitting trucks to provide safe transportation for students, and have begun plans to build a new middle school in Nacasangwe.  This is all part of a larger effort to increase literacy rates, improve treatment of tropical diseases, and revamp the village’s public transit system.

Happy New Year, friends! It’s time to make new resolutions and here’s ours. Our happiness comes from helping families and children all across the world. Learn more about how you can help here. 
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Happy New Year, friends! It’s time to make new resolutions and here’s ours. Our happiness comes from helping families and children all across the world. Learn more about how you can help here

Good Neighbors welcomes our newest interns, Mimi and Anthony. Check out this in-depth Q&A about their goals, inspirations and why they joined the team!

What made you decide to intern for Good Neighbors?
Anthony: I decided to Intern at Good Neighbors because I wanted to gain editing and marketing experience and see how organizations reach across cultural barriers to communicate and provide resources. I’ve always been interested in writing about cultural intersections; here they encounter challenge of communicating locally and globally everyday.Mimi: I was fortunate enough to experience first hand who Good Neighbors is and what they stand for. This past June, I was asked to travel to Guatemala as their photographer to document Project Cookstove. Working with their team allowed me to understand the unconditional love they have for the children, their families, and the communities. They are what I would like to believe what an NGO is all about. I felt honored to be a part of their cause and that was my reason to become more involved with them. My goal is to gain better knowledge of how a non-profit organization like Good Neighbors work. I would also like to further my skills in communications by working with the Managing Editor. 
What is your favorite Good Neighbors project and why?
Anthony: I’m a big fan of the Cookstove Project in Guatemala, because it is such a practical and sustainable way to make a large impact in a community. Sometimes it can be hard to place concrete solutions to a specific need in a community, but this initiative pinpoints a creative means of improving the overall quality of life for families around the world. I find that kind of innovation to be very endearing.  Mimi: My favorite project is the Child Sponsorship. Although the Project Cookstove and Water For Life projects make an incredible impact on the communities, I believe that in order to better our humanity, it is vital to start with the children and their education. By allowing these children basic necessities such as education, healthcare, and nutrition, they can develop into intelligent adults who will strive for a better life. It gives them hope to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and future generations. 
What are your career goals after the internship?
Anthony: My degree was in journalism at UC Irvine.  Right now I am looking into masters programs in global communications or journalism. My ultimate goal is to become a creative writing professor and to partner with community-based organizations to help improve literacy rates domestically and abroad.Mimi: I plan to pursue my dreams of traveling the world and capturing the reality of our humanity through working with NGO’s like Good Neighbors. Photography is my passion and the experience I gain from interning at Good Neighbors will be essential to my work. 
What inspires you and why?
Anthony: The idea of third culture really inspires me, the mindset and will to love, learn and serve in any culture even in the midst of pain and discomfort. As the world is becoming more interdependent, it is important to navigate the tension between being accommodating of new perspectives and retain a sense of cultural authenticity. In Arts like music, cinema, language, etc, adaptation is an everyday reality that we seldom pay attention to, but is vital to relatability.  Whenever we meet someone, it is almost instinctive to mimic their speech patterns or tone, and our verbiage is always morphing to incorporate aspects of the vernacular that people around us speak. If we can do that so intuitively with language, there is no reason why we can’t apply an ethic of humbly adapting to share wisdom and resources. I’ve played soccer at every youth, amateur and professional level in the US and the greatest thing that I’ve taken from it is the experience of playing with people from all around the world, and with many of whom I didn’t share the same language. The beauty of chemistry and well-intentioned cooperation is that all hurdles can be leaped and obstacles can be subverted when you find a common vision to move forward with. Vision emerges out of great relationships and I believe that the more I’m able to partner with organizations like Good Neighbors and learn from passionate people who are fully invested in their social projects, the more able and equipped I’ll be to engage whatever community I come in contact with.Mimi: I can draw inspiration from almost everything I see as a photographer but most of all, faces are what truly inspires me. I always get caught people watching. Every single face has a unique story and it fascinates me to where I find myself wanting to know more about that individual. Photography allows me to get to know them and learn about their past, their present, and their future. 
How has your experience been with Good Neighbors so far?
Anthony: This is my first full week of the internship and I’m really enjoying the office dynamic and atmosphere. Everyone is engaging, fun to be around, and they pride themselves on doing great work. I’m still trying to come up to speed with completing tasks and generating ideas to contribute efficiently, but it has been a great start so far.  Mimi: It has been a very exciting experience for me so far. Everyone at the Good Neighbors office has made me feel at home and I appreciate the working relationship each staff member has with one another. They show each other respect and work very well as a team. The responsibilities assigned to me are educational and I have been learning new things every step of the way. I’m excited to see where these experiences will take me.
December 26, 2012
Good Neighbors welcomes our newest interns, Mimi and Anthony. Check out this in-depth Q&A about their goals, inspirations and why they joined the team!

  • What made you decide to intern for Good Neighbors?

Anthony: I decided to Intern at Good Neighbors because I wanted to gain editing and marketing experience and see how organizations reach across cultural barriers to communicate and provide resources. I’ve always been interested in writing about cultural intersections; here they encounter challenge of communicating locally and globally everyday.
Mimi: I was fortunate enough to experience first hand who Good Neighbors is and what they stand for. This past June, I was asked to travel to Guatemala as their photographer to document Project Cookstove. Working with their team allowed me to understand the unconditional love they have for the children, their families, and the communities. They are what I would like to believe what an NGO is all about. I felt honored to be a part of their cause and that was my reason to become more involved with them. My goal is to gain better knowledge of how a non-profit organization like Good Neighbors work. I would also like to further my skills in communications by working with the Managing Editor.

  • What is your favorite Good Neighbors project and why?

Anthony: I’m a big fan of the Cookstove Project in Guatemala, because it is such a practical and sustainable way to make a large impact in a community. Sometimes it can be hard to place concrete solutions to a specific need in a community, but this initiative pinpoints a creative means of improving the overall quality of life for families around the world. I find that kind of innovation to be very endearing.  
Mimi: My favorite project is the Child Sponsorship. Although the Project Cookstove and Water For Life projects make an incredible impact on the communities, I believe that in order to better our humanity, it is vital to start with the children and their education. By allowing these children basic necessities such as education, healthcare, and nutrition, they can develop into intelligent adults who will strive for a better life. It gives them hope to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and future generations.

  • What are your career goals after the internship?

Anthony: My degree was in journalism at UC Irvine.  Right now I am looking into masters programs in global communications or journalism. My ultimate goal is to become a creative writing professor and to partner with community-based organizations to help improve literacy rates domestically and abroad.
Mimi: I plan to pursue my dreams of traveling the world and capturing the reality of our humanity through working with NGO’s like Good Neighbors. Photography is my passion and the experience I gain from interning at Good Neighbors will be essential to my work.

  • What inspires you and why?

Anthony: The idea of third culture really inspires me, the mindset and will to love, learn and serve in any culture even in the midst of pain and discomfort. As the world is becoming more interdependent, it is important to navigate the tension between being accommodating of new perspectives and retain a sense of cultural authenticity. In Arts like music, cinema, language, etc, adaptation is an everyday reality that we seldom pay attention to, but is vital to relatability.  Whenever we meet someone, it is almost instinctive to mimic their speech patterns or tone, and our verbiage is always morphing to incorporate aspects of the vernacular that people around us speak. If we can do that so intuitively with language, there is no reason why we can’t apply an ethic of humbly adapting to share wisdom and resources. I’ve played soccer at every youth, amateur and professional level in the US and the greatest thing that I’ve taken from it is the experience of playing with people from all around the world, and with many of whom I didn’t share the same language. The beauty of chemistry and well-intentioned cooperation is that all hurdles can be leaped and obstacles can be subverted when you find a common vision to move forward with. Vision emerges out of great relationships and I believe that the more I’m able to partner with organizations like Good Neighbors and learn from passionate people who are fully invested in their social projects, the more able and equipped I’ll be to engage whatever community I come in contact with.
Mimi: I can draw inspiration from almost everything I see as a photographer but most of all, faces are what truly inspires me. I always get caught people watching. Every single face has a unique story and it fascinates me to where I find myself wanting to know more about that individual. Photography allows me to get to know them and learn about their past, their present, and their future.

  • How has your experience been with Good Neighbors so far?

Anthony: This is my first full week of the internship and I’m really enjoying the office dynamic and atmosphere. Everyone is engaging, fun to be around, and they pride themselves on doing great work. I’m still trying to come up to speed with completing tasks and generating ideas to contribute efficiently, but it has been a great start so far.  
Mimi: It has been a very exciting experience for me so far. Everyone at the Good Neighbors office has made me feel at home and I appreciate the working relationship each staff member has with one another. They show each other respect and work very well as a team. The responsibilities assigned to me are educational and I have been learning new things every step of the way. I’m excited to see where these experiences will take me.

On Friday, December 14th, Good Neighbors Guatemala staff traveled with a group of 54 volunteers to the Municipality of Conguaco Jutiapa for a day of sports, games, and drama activities with 250 children between the ages of 1 and 15 years old. All of the children received gifts donated from the “Perfect Gift” campaign, which included educational supplies, hygiene kits, clothes, toys and encouraging personal letters from sponsors.
December 26, 2012

On Friday, December 14th, Good Neighbors Guatemala staff traveled with a group of 54 volunteers to the Municipality of Conguaco Jutiapa for a day of sports, games, and drama activities with 250 children between the ages of 1 and 15 years old. All of the children received gifts donated from the “Perfect Gift” campaign, which included educational supplies, hygiene kits, clothes, toys and encouraging personal letters from sponsors.

Getting ready for our Holiday party today at the Good Neighbors office!
December 18, 2012

Getting ready for our Holiday party today at the Good Neighbors office!

Kids gather for an afternoon of finger-painting at an art class hosted by Good Neighbors Cambodia.
December 11, 2012

Kids gather for an afternoon of finger-painting at an art class hosted by Good Neighbors Cambodia.