UBELONG, a great way to serve!
UBELONG is an exciting example of social entrepreneurship that provides volunteers with service-oriented immersion and expedition opportunities. Some extraordinary guys, Cedric Hodgeman and Raul Roman, have created programs that epitomize “your mark on the world” thinking.
One of the keys for leaving a mark on the world is to devote time and energy to a cause. They match people for immersion opportunities from one week to six months where their passions and skills can be put to best use making a difference, allowing people an on the ground opportunity in Latin America or Asia to advance their cause.
Some great employers now provide people with sabbatical breaks every five to ten years just for this sort of service. What a difference it makes in the world and in the lives of those who take advantage of it!
Have you done anything like this? What was your experience?
Your Mark On The World: No Problem in the World Too Big for Smiths
The scope of the world’s problems lead many to shrug in frustration, thinking that the little they could do, would be too little to matter. For Matt and Allyson Smith and their six children, the opposite attitude led them to a remarkable around-the-world adventure in service. They seem to have…
Your Mark On The World: The MORE Project is Doing the Work of the Angels
On the streets of a favela or slum in Rio de Janeiro there are really only two career paths: the drug trade or the sex trade. Many kids end up spending time in both.
The kids in the favelas of Rio are not just poor, but they are victimized by their circumstances, finding prostitution and dealing…
Your Mark On The World: You CAN Leave A Mark On The World
This morning started with a Skype call to New York to visit with Cindy Klaja. She and her husband Patrick McLaughlin adopted a baby from the Starfish Foster Home three years ago and serve on its Board of Directors.
You’ll recall, I hope, that I mentioned last weekend that Starfish founder…
A few days ago, I introduced you to Half the Sky. The founder, Jenny Bowen, was featured on the Today show on Valentine’s Day. This will move you!
Your Mark On The World: Half the Sky
Recently, a friend I met in Cambodia introduced me by email to some students at Brigham Young University who are raising money to support a foundation called Half the Sky (HTS) that supports 50 orphanages in China, with training for their staff and volunteers, materials and other invaluable…
Your Mark On The World: Buying a Car
One of the biggest opportunities for cutting our spending is with respect to our cars. First and foremost, I’ve long advocated simply buying less car. For years now, I’ve driven only cars that I could purchase for cash. To begin, that meant buying a car for less than $2,000. You can imagine what…
Your Mark On The World: Crisis in Xian, China
Amanda de Lange founded the Starfish Children’s Services which operates the Starfish Foster Home in Xian, China in 2005. She takes in special needs children from orphanages and provides needed medical and other help so that they can be adopted. At present there are more than 30 children in the…