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Wandering Whim--A Volunteer Abroad Blog Worth Blogging About

Posted by Randy LeGrant | Wed, Jan 18, 2012

Apple computer with a geovisions blog postIt isn't often I'm at a loss for words.  I can find a subject to write about easily.  And I've no problem wading into a controversial issue.  But when Sara in our office introduced me to Lawrence Mattingly's Blog about his trips with GeoVisions (yes, trips as in plural) I was speechless.  You just have to see this.

First of all, let me just humbly say that when an organization provides a "big ticket item" we don't expect people to come back again and again.  Most of our volnteers and teachers use GeoVisions as a spring board to help them reach goals.  They do magnificently.  We don't see them again.

Lawrence went to the Galapagos with us.  And now he's in Chile with GeoVisions.  When our volunteers and teachers choose GeoVisions, we listen.  When someone like Lawrence goes twice and then writes the kind of Blog he's writing, we sit straight up.

I'm in Washington, DC right now on a business trip.  And I'm meeting one of our volunteers today who will be leaving for China soon.  We like to meet as many volunteers and teachers as possible.  It helps us understand their goals, their needs, their drive.  I'm going to learn a lot this afternoon from Martin, who is leaving soon for China for 6 months to be a volunteer teacher.  Wow.  So I could go on and on about the Martins and Lawrences of the world.

Instead, I'll head out to the station and provide a link to Lawrence's Blog.  Hundreds of photos, an incredible job, I'm so envious of his Blogging ability and when you read some of his posts and find out more about Lawrence and also realize he's on his 2nd volunteer journey, you will be blown away.  His Blog is not like others you have seen.

So, I'd like to introduce Lawrence Mattingly to you, and his blog Wandering Whim.  Please click the link, sit back and enjoy.

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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