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Everyday Service

with Bonnie Nelson and Travis Hellstrom

Course Overview

It can be difficult to find the time to volunteer, best utilize your incredible talents, and remember the incredible ways that reaching out to others can change our own lives. Everyday Service will focus on why all acts of service, big and small, can really change the world.

Throughout the course, we will be joined by outstanding Everyday Humanitarians like
Orly Wahba (founder of Life Vest Inside), Tim Hwang (co-founder of Awesome Foundation), Matt Johnson (founder of Project Living Well), Zach Maurin (founder of ServeNext), and dozens of other featured guests from around the world, as we speak on how they discovered their passion for helping others, what inspires them to engage in their communities, and how more people can be involved in awesome ways to change the world.

Everyday Service will challenge you to discover how you can become an Everyday Humanitarian yourself - someone who motivates, empowers, and leads others by changing themselves and changing the world.

Everyday Service is a 4-week class organized by Travis Hellstrom, creator of Peace Corps 101 and author of the Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook, and Bonnie Nelson, AmeriCorps Alumni and current Peace Corps Volunteer.

Awesome Bonus! This class also supports your favorite causes! Proceeds from Everyday Service go to national and international service programs of your choice through the Everyday Service Fund! Please be sure to visit after enrolling in class.

Whether you’re a first-time volunteer or a seasoned veteran who has been changing the world for decades, this course will help you maximize your own service potential (and might just change your life forever).

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Who Should Attend?

This course is for people who want to learn, grow, help others and change the world. It’s for people involved in service on a local, national or international scale, and it's also for people who don't know quite where to start. If you're one of the people crazy enough to think you can change the world, this course is for you!

What You'll Learn

Week 1. Why Service Matters

  • Why We Should Care
  • Getting Started Early
  • Everyday Humanitarians

Week 2. Spectrum of Service

  • A World of Opportunities
  • Direct vs. Indirect Service
  • A Lifetime of Service

Week 3. Flourishing

  • Changing Yourself
  • Organizational Struggles
  • Changing The World

Week 4. Having Enough

  • Inspiring Others
  • Social Startups
  • Moving Forward

What You’ll Get Out of the Course

An understanding of why our country and the world needs you to engage in Everyday Service.

A greater knowledge of local, national, and international service organizations.

Conventional and unconventional ways to change the world.

How to help others and still make money.

Learn how to create your own social movements.

How to make the most of your service experiences.

Sharing your successes and struggles with others to remind yourself of why you love service.

How to make service part of your life when there’s no time.

Meet hundreds of other Everyday Humanitarians to share life lessons, remember all the incredible things you’ve learned and to put it all together.

About Bonnie Nelson and Travis Hellstrom

Bonnie is currently a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia, working as an English teacher in a small college and vocational school. Before Peace Corps, Bonnie obtained her Masters in Educational Leadership while working as a service learning liaison at the University of Washington Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center. There she helped coordinate service partnerships between nonprofit and campus organizations, faculty, and students. Bonnie also served as a team leader in AmeriCorps NCCC from 2008 to 2009. While in NCCC, she worked with FEMA, YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, and a wide variety of local organizations from around the country.

Travis just finished three years of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Peace Corps Volunteer Leader in Mongolia. He is also author of the Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook and creator of Peace Corps 101. After completing his Peace Corps service, Travis started a social movement called Advance Humanity where he writes weekly articles for everyday humanitarians. He also became founding CEO of the New Media Foundation which is dedicated to helping leading nonprofits in Mongolia and around the world. He currently lives in the eastern steppe of Mongolia with his wife Tunga.

Praise for Bonnie Nelson and Travis Hellstrom

"In an exemplary Peace Corps fashion, in Peace Corps 101 Travis Hellstrom has wedded together an innovative on-line platform and the traditional volunteer passion to make a difference into an invaluable resource for serving and returned Peace Corps volunteers. The entire Peace Corps community owes Travis an enormous debt for this outstanding example of "continuing to serve."

- Kevin F. F. Quigley, President of the National Peace Corps Association, Peace Corps Volunteer (Thailand 1976-79)

 

"Peace Corps 101 was an excellent way to document the complete Peace Corps experience. The class brought together a wide variety of volunteers (invitees, current, newly returned, and veteran volunteers) which adding the depth needed to fully describe and showcase the Peace Corps experience. The format of the class allowed the hundreds of individual stories to be heard and aggregated them to timeless advice and words of wisdom everyone can appreciate and use. I throughly enjoyed the class and am glad I had an opportunity to appreciate. I love Peace Corps and it was experience I'll never forget."

- Vanessa Porter, Peace Corps Volunteer (Honduras 2008-10)

 

"Travis's book is an invaluable resource for those thinking about applying to Peace Corps, those currently serving, and even those who have returned after their service. Based on his own personal experience, and those of other volunteers and applicants, he goes through the process step by step - explaining the application process, the ups and downs of living in a developing country, and how to make the most of your service!”

- Mike Sheppard, Founder of PeaceCorpsWiki.org and PeaceCorpsJournals.com, Peace Corps Volunteer (The Gambia 2003-05)

 

“During our time working together as Volunteer Leaders, Travis took the initiative to expand existing programs and implement new ones, both inside and outside of the organization. He took the reigns to improve the Volunteer Advisory Council, the Peer Support network, and also a new third year volunteer conference. He's a true visionary who excels at analyzing and advancing organizations from their very core mission. His passion, care, self-starting and entrepreneurial attitude can be seen through his work as a founder of TEDxUlaanbaatar, which is the first of its kind in Mongolia.”

- Amber Barger, Peace Corps Volunteer Leader (Mongolia 2008-2011)

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Bonnie Nelson is currently a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia, working as an English teacher in a small college and vocational school. Before Peace Corps, Bonnie obtained her Masters in Educational Leadership while working as a service learning liaison at the University of Washington Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center. Learn more about »

Travis Hellstrom just finished three years of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Peace Corps Volunteer Leader in Mongolia. He is also author of the Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook.

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