by Jill Robinson
People do amazing, generous things every day, and April 18 – 24 is a chance to recognize and honor the volunteers around the world that continue to inspire us every day in National Volunteer Week. Greenheart Travel is proud to say that we have waved bon voyage to almost 300 participants in the last year and a half who have volunteered their time and effort to projects in 35 different countries.
We are at a critical point in history where understanding different cultures and perspectives is crucial for a growing population. And in respect for Earth Day this week as well, international cooperation is necessary to improve the environment and save our planet. I have had the privilege of talking to our Greenheart Travel participants that “walk-the-walk” in volunteering abroad and who have shared some incredible stories. Here are a few highlights of inspiring tales:
Maya Brod:Volunteer in Ghana
Volunteering for Greenheart Travel’s program in Ghana a little under a year ago, Maya didn’t know what to expect. What she did know was that it was time for her to take a break from college to do something meaningful and have an experience that would help her learn about herself. Maya accomplished both those goals, creating a library for the Asuoso pre/primary village school and returning with a renewed sense of confidence in herself. Read more…
Hannah Nevitt: Volunteer in Costa Rica
For six months, Hannah volunteered at an eco- reserve, animal rescue center, and language institute called, Proyecto Asis in Costa Rica. Not only was she able to immerse herself in the Tican culture and learn Spanish, she learned to respect and appreciate the environment and understand it’s the simple things in life that are the most treasured. Read more…