We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
Individuals exploring the possibilities of volunteering abroad must remember that there is a cultural difference between America and the Muslim World. The AUA Network’s “Dialogue and Engagement with the Muslim World for Volunteers and Practitioners” webinar with Luby Ismail, President of Connecting Cultures and intercultural trainer, is a great way for you to gain insight on general and specific cultural differences between America and the Muslim World, as well as understand the communication barriers you may face across cultures.
Culture is the difference between your truth and my truth. While two people may have different cultural orientations, they are not as different as they may seem. According to Luby Ismail, “Understanding another culture and getting to know an individual will replace a label with a name which is a profound way to transform the perceptions of another.”
For a full recording of the “Dialogue and Engagement with the Muslim World for Volunteers and Practitioners” webinar with Luby Ismail please visit the AUA Network’s Useful Resources for Unofficial Ambassadors page under Islam – A Major World Religion. The resource page is a diverse — rather than comprehensive — collection of resources that will assist unofficial ambassadors in preparing for a productive and rewarding volunteer experience abroad. The information and Web sites included in this guide were selected for their accuracy, reliability, and objectivity.
Webinars are held from 12-1 PM Eastern Time. The format is an initial presentation of 30 to 40 minutes followed by a lively discussion session. RSVP, and receive instructions on how to access the webinar by sending an e-mail to CharlotteH@creativelearning.org. RSVPs will be accepted up to the morning of each event.