Pathfinders Project: Research Trip for a Future Humanist Service Corps


  • Pathfinders Project is expanding its mission to include research for the Humanist Service Corps, which will become a program of Foundation Beyond Belief.
  • Pathfinders Project is accepting applications until February 1, 2013. All who are interested in travel, service, cooperation between worldviews, and helping launch the Humanist Service Corps are encouraged to apply.

In my last post, almost exactly six months ago, I announced two main goals for Pathfinders Project through the end of 2012: (1) building a connected, engaged audience via Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress, and (2) fundraising in the form of small donations in support of our monthly Walks for Water and larger sponsorships from national and international humanist and service organizations. Additionally, I said the Pathfinders would provide updates on our individual blogs and on Facebook at least monthly, and on Twitter at least weekly.

Frankly, we progressed poorly toward these goals – not because we were idle, but because the four other original Pathfinders decided to postpone their travel for financial, professional, and other personal reasons. This change required that I put a hold on Pathfinders Project fundraising and social networking, but it also provided me the opportunity to explore an idea that had only been a dream back in June – using Pathfinders Project as a research trip for a permanent Humanist Service Corps.

After several months of productive talks with leaders in the movement, I am excited to announce that the Humanist Service Corps is going to become a program of Foundation Beyond Belief, a non-profit organization created to focus, encourage, and demonstrate the generosity and compassion of secular humanists. Pathfinders Project will serve as the first step toward this program – it will provide an opportunity to begin building structures in service locations and developing relationships with partner organizations in those countries while at the same time evaluating the strength and growth potential of those structures and relationships.

Although its mission has expanded, Pathfinders Project’s basic function remains unchanged; that is, it will be a yearlong international service trip with clean water, education, sustainability, and advocacy projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Through these projects, the Pathfinders will still address specific regional needs and engage in dialogue across religious, cultural, and ethnic boundaries, but they will also use rating scales to evaluate and compare countries and partner organizations being considered for the launch of the Humanist Service Corps.

Anyone interested in travel, service, Humanist leadership, and Humanist community-building should consider applying to be a Pathfinder. Applications accepted until February 1, 2013.

For more information and to access the application, visit

About Conor Robinson

Conor founded the Yale Humanist Society as an undergraduate in 2008 and the Yale Humanist Alumni group after graduating in 2010. He is a Teach For America alumnus and founding teacher at Jose A. Castellanos Elementary School in the heart of the Salvadoran Corridor in Los Angeles. Conor blogs for Pathfinders Project here and at

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