Jamie El-Banna shares his stories of volunteering that don't quite fit the norm. According to El-Banna, the standard image of a volunteer is that of hippy-minded slacker who can't find a "real job". El-Banna is the founder of NPO It's Not Just Mud that has provided disaster relief in Tohoku and Kumamoto. Jamie proves that volunteers come in all shapes, colors and sizes.
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@ VOL 7
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This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesdaym March 17th, 2016.
Volunteering in Tohoku: 6 Years Later
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