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GeoVisions Volunteer and Teach Abroad Is Becoming A Foundation

Posted by Randy LeGrant | Jul 23, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Pikes PeakGreetings from Denver, Colorado!

I'm here on a little business and a lot of pleasure. I get to see my daughter, Alex, and my family is celebrating my Mom's 85th birthday here.

I'm visiting Denver, of course and Boulder, Estes Park, Golden, Woodland Park, Green Mountain Falls, Colorado Springs and Canon City. (I want to go to Red Rocks, where I of course missed Mumford and Sons.)

GeoVisions is a State Department designated sponsor of the Summer Work and Travel program. I'm going to take a day and head to Estes Park, where we have students working for the summer. I want to say hello, take their pictures and see how they like the United States.

Aside from all of this, my mind is on GeoVisions' outbound programs (volunteer abroad, teach and work abroad) becoming GeoVisions Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. It was always a goal, to hand off those incredible programs to a Board, and to watch the company we gave birth to leave the nest. So there will be GeoVisions (a for-profit company designated for the J-1 Summer Work and Travel program) and GeoVisions Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit sending volunteers, teachers, interns and au pairs abroad.

The Foundation will officially launch on August 1 ... in less than two-weeks. I will stay on as the Executive Director of GeoVisions Foundation. My business partner, Kevin Morgan, will be the CEO of GeoVisions. I'm excited to take this next step and to working with a Board. New programs that are very unique is what gets me out of bed everyday.

Child Safe internship in the UK

A great example is our newest internship in the Bristol, England area. Child-Safe is an incredible opportunity to develop awareness of child abuse outside the home. An internship in the UK is new for us. Prevention of child abuse outside the home is a unique approach to child-safety, where so many other organizations focus on it in the home. Founded by a former Detective in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary Headquarters, near Bristol, UK, I am incredibly proud of the work our interns are going to do on the program.

Well, I'm going to join my family for a few rides on an Alpine slide and show them that racing this 63-year old down a Colorado mountain will guarantee two things: stunning scenery and the back of my bald head.

Travel safely, and I'll see you out there...

Written by Randy LeGrant

Randy is the Executive Director of the GeoVisions Foundation. He has spent the last 44 years managing organizations that send people abroad on cultural and educational exchanges.

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