Will Nassau Will Nassau Senior Program Officer, International Volunteer Programs

Will is the senior program officer for India with AJWS’s International Volunteer Programs, responsible for the overall management of Volunteer Corps, the World Partners Fellowship, Alternative Breaks and Volunteer Summer in India. Will supervises all aspects of volunteer placements, NGO partnership development and strategic planning for the region. Coming to AJWS after nearly four years with InterExchange, Inc., a New York-based public diplomacy group, and a Master's degree in international affairs from the University of Exeter, Will has a strong interest in international development, human rights and the global NGO community.

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The World Partners Fellowship Orientation: A View from Gandhi’s Ashram

Fellows hear from Martinbhai Macwan, the founder of Navsarjan, an AJWS partner working on Dalit rights.

This month, in the Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi began India’s independence movement, AJWS’s World Partners Fellows begin their own journey of study and service in India. In a setting of simple living, fellows explore the mutual roots of Jewish belief and concepts of justice, human rights and service.

Using AJWS’s curriculum, Live the Questions, fellows learn to move beyond good intentions to become responsible allies supporting the work of AJWS partners. Through workshops and trainings, chavruta study and NGO-led community visits, Live the Questions brings the World Partners Fellowship orientation to life. Read More »

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Rugged Altruists: Supporting Characters, Not Stars

Will Nassau is a Senior Program Officer in AJWS’s service department and oversees volunteer programs in India.

In last Tuesday’s New York Times, David Brooks neatly balances a healthy cynicism for the “[m]any Americans going to the developing world to serve others” with the “smaller percentage” actually having some impact. Brooks describes three virtues necessary for these “rugged altruists” to be successful in catalyzing change: “courage,” “deference” and “thanklessness.”

In spite of language arguably lacking in its own deference (I cringe at what a human rights leader in the Global South might say of western “courage” and “thanklessness”), Brooks is on to something fundamentally important: creating impact requires principles for responsibly and effectively supporting  marginalized people in their own struggle to secure their human rights.

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