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"My Big Dream"-Volunteering Abroad For Six Months

Posted by Randy LeGrant | Jan 10, 2012 12:03:00 PM

A Fresh Chapter logoTerri Wingham (A Fresh Chapter) is leaving today for Vietnam with GeoVisions on an incredible 6-month journey to volunteer abroad.  I spoke with Terri a few hours ago going over the details of her program for 29 days in Ha Noi, Da Nang and Ho-Chi-Minh City.

Two years ago, Terri found out she had cancer.  I use the past tense because she is a survivor today.  And what Terri is on her way to do is "volunteer on almost every continent as a way to generate awareness of the challenges of survivorship and build partnerships with the best volunteer organizations in the industry."

We are thrilled that the first month of Terri's journey will be with GeoVisions.  We wish her safe travels today, until she lands in Ha Noi and is met by our staff on the ground there.  We have connected her with hospitals and cancer survivor centers to interact with adults and children who have cancer and to talk to survivors.  We have her taking time with Doctors and nurses in the cancer field in Vietnam.  We have her spending time at the Ho-Chi-Minh City Hospital to participate in play sessions with children there who have cancer and spending a lot of time with cancer survivors.

GeoVisions came to the party late.  We normally take about 60-days to put a program like this together for someone.  We did this one in less than a month.  So...Terri knows there are some loose ends.  Not to forget the fact that she's in Vietnam during the Lunar New Year with schools and organizations shut for over a week.  Ugh.

PLEASE watch Terri's 2 minute video below.  You will instantly see why we jumped on board to put something together at the last minute for Terri, and why we believe so strongly in what she is doing.  You will see why we are humbled to be involved in Terri's Big Dream.

I truly hope you enjoy this short video and please join me in wishing Terri a safe flight and a successful month in Vietnam to launch her six months of volunteering abroad.

 

 

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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