International Volunteer Service

DATE/ TIME:  Friday, March 22, 7-8:30 pm
PLACE: Oregon School of Massage, 9500 SW Barbur Blvd.Portland, Or
To reserve a seat, Contact Oregon School of Massage (phone 503-244-3420 or by email to
A representative from each of these projects will do a 15-minute presentation. Following the presentations you can visit with the presenter(s) and obtain additional information.
EDUCATION IN HAITI – with Rich Ireland 
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Rich Ireland, a long-time OSM staff member, worked in Haiti for the Peace Corps 1998 -2001.  After he returned he sent money to six families in Haiti for their children to go to school. With just a $200 investment for each family he found in 2011 that his intervention had great impact.  5 students had graduated from HS and were in  Professional trainings in nursing, engineering and law.  Another 17 were still in school and many wanting to go on to further education.  this in a country where 50% graduate from 6th grade and 9% graduate from High School. Coming home he decided to start a non profit Education for Haiti to continue supporting these students and building to add more.
Rich has been an LMT and a Hakomi Therapist forever and ever. He is a student clinic supervisor at OSM.
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John Paisley has been volunteering in Borneo since 1995 with a number of local and international organizations, including a few years as a board member with local NGO, Green Empowerment. His focus has been village development projects that strengthen the rights of indigenous communities to their NCR (Native Customary Rights) land. Those rights are under continual attack by resource developers such as timber, oil palm, and mining.John has just returned from managing a community microhydro electrification project in Long Lamai, a remote Penan village in Sarawak, and the SEAREPA Alternative Energy Conference in Sandakan, Sabah.
In his domestic professional life, John has been the owner/president of John Paisley Builder, Inc., a residential/commercial construction design/build and project management firm, for  over 20 years. He is a recent graduate of OSM and now a licenced LMT. He has also had a career as an electronics test and measurement engineer.
WOMEN SEWING IN OAXACA – with Nancy Freeman
Nancy, a 2011 graduate of OSM, is a volunteer with, and serves on the Board of Directors of, Ayuda, an Oregon nonprofit. Ayuda has provided assistance to a variety of health, agricultural and educational projects in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. In February of 2012 Nancy lead a fabric-design training for a dozen women in the village of San Pablo Etla. Ayuda has provided additional support for the local training of these women so that their work can generate the income needed to support their families.
Nancy will describe and show pictures of the women’s group and their work. (Nancy is an artist living in SW Portland.) She will be joined by Tom Nelson, President of Ayuda; Tom, formerly a career counselor at Reed College, also serves on an OSM Advisory Committee.
 If you are planning to attend please contact us at Oregon School of Massage (phone 503-244-3420 or by email to Alexis Reale at
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