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Volunteer and Work Abroad Friends I've Never Met

on Mon, Jul 01, 2013 By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Guilford Randy LeGrant
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."
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Working and Teaching Abroad Never Looked So Good--We're Back!

on Wed, Nov 07, 2012 By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | GeoVisions Updates Guilford
It's great to be back.
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Volunteers Know That Ready Or Not: Disasters Don't Care

on Thu, Sep 01, 2011 By | Randy LeGrant | 4 Comments | Thank You To Our Volunteers Make Something Happen Guilford
In the early morning hours on Sunday, August 28, Hurricane Irene came ashore in Guilford, CT. Guilford is home to GeoVisions' Global Work and Service Program office. It is also home to most of our staff.
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Volunteer Abroad-We Have A Lot To Live Up To

on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Reasons To Volunteer Abroad Guilford Randy LeGrant
It is just stunning here in Guilford, CT today.  It's hard to be inside working.  All of us here know we're coming to the long winter slog and so when we are afforded days like today…bright sun, 70 degrees and bright fall leaves…we want to be outside as much as possible. Coming back from lunch I walked on the town Green.  Guilford is the 7th oldest town in Connecticut, founded in 1639.  We have two harbors and two tidal rivers.  The granite quarries here supplied stone for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, just a few miles from here.  My daughter, Molly, attends Abraham Baldwin Middle School.  Baldwin is a signer of the U.S. Constitution. Our soldiers have fallen from Antietam, Port Royal, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg defending the Union all the way to the recent conflict in Iraq.  We have a history of volunteering that started back in the 1600s. It is beautiful here and I just thought I'd put up a post about where we call home, where your applications end up and where the staff of GeoVisions works.  And when you call…you'll have an idea of where we are. Thank you for your trust in GeoVisions.  We love living and working in Guilford and being involved in such a rich history.  We take it seriously and we think it shows when you talk to us.  We have a lot to live up to…and we try our best everyday.
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Volunteer Abroad And Be Proactive

on Sun, Sep 21, 2008 By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Reasons To Volunteer Abroad Guilford Randy LeGrant
Two years ago this weekend I was packing for a 12-day trip throughout Asia.  I had just gone to the Guilford Fair Parade with my children.  So here we were again, sitting along the street with friends to watch a parade of history that identifies Guilford to this very day.  Guilford is an agricultural community and a seaport fishing town full of rich history going back to it's roots in 1639. And it is also back to school...some of the floats in the parade are from the different schools in the area, celebrating Guilford's strong commitment to education.  The nights are considerably cooler, needing a cotton jumper to keep the evening chill away.  And we are watching the Red Sox baseball team.  We are one game of clinching a playoff spot.  Around here October is actually Soxtober. Our staff has returned from all of their summer assignments...most looking for more!  Staff in our Paris office ventured to South America and found time to hike all around Machu Picchu.  Our staff in Bangkok spent time in Malaysia and then ventured to Cape Town to view new projects we will announce soon there and in Soweto. Our staff in Boston headed for Madrid, Santander (northern Spain) and then Istanbul.  The result of the trip to Istanbul is an amazing Language Partner program where we will even provide round trip airfare for anyone headed to Istanbul to teach conversational English for 1, 2 or 3 months. For me, I took to the back streets of Paris and then London.  I met with our partners from France and Germany in the Jardin du Luxembourg for a light meal and discussions on how we can make the conversational English programs in both countries even stronger.  The result?  The price for our programs in France and Spain went from $1795 to $1295. It was a great summer season of travel with remarkable results that benefits our incredibly giving volunteers.  If we can provide airfare on some programs, if we can lower fees by $500 then staff travel is for the right reasons.  Those decisions mean we can provide more help abroad to those families and communities most in need of GeoVisions' services. Kevin, Jim, Ray, Rebecca and I have just completed five days in New York City where we had 72 meetings with global agencies looking for our help to sustain their efforts in their own communities.  We are exhausted but be sure to keep checking our website to find even more meaningful projects that will take us to the end of 2008 and help usher in 2009. I am reminded of a quote I read somewhere recently that goes, "The more proactive you are, the less reactive you'll need to be!"  That sums up the volunteers from GeoVisions.  Being proactive enough to go abroad and make a difference in lives and make a sustainable difference in communities means our volunteers believe that being proactive solves problems now, provides sustainable tools and resources to people and communities, and leaves far less with which to be reactive.  Remember, Lucretius tells us, "Drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence, but by oft falling." The above photo is one of the bands in the Guilford Parade.  I couldn't resist adding it.  Enjoy. Randy LeGrant Executive Director
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