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Should I get on a plane to Nepal this week to go help?

Getting Your First Job in Relief and Development

Nepal, February 2006On April 25th 2015 Nepal was hit by an a devastating earthquake that killed thousands. For those wishing to help I would recommend a generous donation to Mercy Corps, an organization I have personal experience with that has existing programs and staff in Nepal.

I feel conflicted about even posting on this issue, but I have already had questions asking whether it’s a good idea to get on a plane and go volunteer or look for jobs in Nepal. Well – the short answer is “no – don’t do this“. The slightly longer answer is that this isn’t a good idea – you risk making things worse by traveling to an area you don’t know, getting in the way, and putting more strain on relief efforts at a critical time.

That said. This is a difficult issue. While on the one hand it seems tasteless even to…

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