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Volunteer and Work Abroad Friends I've Never Met

Posted by Randy LeGrant | Jul 1, 2013 11:00:00 AM

The last time I wrote a Blog Post was February 26.  Over four months this Blog has been dormant.  That's embarrassing.  Not that people stand in line to read my Blog...it is just embarrassing that I'd go over 4 months and not write, which had to leave some people looking to travel with GeoVisions a bit odd.  "They have a Blog, but they don't write."

So a friend of mine I have never met put this graphic on his wall.  Short story is that this FaceBook friend of mine in Malaysia is an incredible TaeKwon-Do practitioner.  He is amazing. And we have never met, although we both practice TaeKwon-Do and we belong to the Global TaeKwon-Do Federation.  One day we will meet, though.  We must.

Online Friends

So here is the graphic he had on his wall.  I apologize for the graphic being fuzzy.  I think when you download graphics or photos from FaceBook, they don't turn out so well.  But, in this case just squint your eyes and it will look better, I hope.

How many people do you "know" online and you will never meet?  But you just "know" they are good? For us here at GeoVisions, that accounts for most of the people who decide to volunteer or work abroad with us. They are good, they are warm, they are giving. And we rarely meet most of them.

Recently I had an email exchange with a competitor of ours.  Cross Cultural Solutions. Steve Rosenthal is the head of that great organization and we just decided, having never met, that we should.  And I'm positive that one of these days we will.  But we both have a great deal of respect for one another and it's just from "knowing" them online or in writing.

I did get to meet someone for the first time in person last month.  We had exchanged emails and ideas and I knew this was one great guy.  And after we met (we both drive a little over an hour to meet) I knew this meeting was worth the drive and the time and now I've seen him a couple of times and he is awesome.  Both of us share the same passion for service to others.  He's Dave Santuli from United Planet.  Great organization and a great guy with incredible vision and warmth.

So I thought I'd start my Blogging career up again, and I thought this would be a decent subject for my first post after 4 months.

If you're reading this, I hope one day we get to meet.  Until then, maybe you'll comment on this Blog or my other one.  Or maybe you'll travel to Connecticut and visit me here in our GeoVisions office and let me show you our town of Guilford that is turning 375 years old.

Until then...count yourself as one of the friends I have never met.  I hope you're enjoying the summer.

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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