What are the biggest needs in the Czech Republic for those who have lived there for the last 15 years or so (or visited and had different impressions)? I was thinking of something to do with adoption, but I know Russia and many of the other countries in Asia seem to have dire needs in this area as well. As a teacher and ex non-profit program director and AmeriCorps members, I think of working with high school and middle school students. I had a program called Youth Volunteer Corps (www.yvca.org) that would be neat to implement...if it's possible. One of the reasons I couldn't do it in Colombia, South America last year (while I was teaching) was due to the very black and white demarcation between stratos or classes there. Parents of the rich kids in my school would never allow them to volunteer or associate with the poorer kids. That was one of the primary goals of my program in Kansas City, to bring together kids from different schools (suburbs, rich, poor, inner-city, Catholic, private, home-schooled, etc.) to work on projects that addressed community needs. Is CR similar? Do kids have mandatory community service or volunteer hours? Do churches and the govn't solve most of the problems, or is it more of a "everyone just has to take care of themselves" type of country? I also thought about DV shelters, because they don't exist in Russia or Colombia and there is a LOT of abuse of women in both of those countries. The church and police tend to look the other way. I'm not talking this huge deal, just maybe renting a house or something like that and trying to figure out some way to help without "being the intrusive, all-knowing, out to save the world American." What do the kids struggle with? After-school activities/latch-key kids Unemployment (training, computers, access to computers) Medical care Access to capital/loans for school or small businesses (lots of interesting microloan programs out there) Gangs Violence Teen Pregnancy Alcoholism (huge problem in Russia) You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're not on this forum. Any thoughts?