Lets take a look back at just a few noteworthy accomplishments from this past summer:
…traveled to 10 countries
…provided 10,660 hours of domestic community service
…provided 13,640 hours of international community service
…worked and played in 9 states in the U.S., spanning Hawaii to Louisiana
…leader Merle Minks traveled 37,010 miles in a plane (thank you KLM!) on two round-trips to Tanzania
…ate 37 cans of bog (an insanely popular canned meat in Norway, not actual bogs)
…built 3 water catchment tank systems for a rural school in Costa Rica
…hiked to 16,050 feet on Namaste
…Footsteps of Giants biked, hiked, sea kayaked and rafted something like 500 km across Norway!
…hiked the Incan Trail to Machu Picchu
…Wapenduka spotted 1 remotely famous Yankee baseball player in the Johannesburg Airport
…improved the habitats of 37 wolves in Colorado
…had 3 students and 1 leader selected to play on the village soccer team in Ecuador
…cleaned and processed at least 600 taro roots into poi in Kauai, Hawaii
…certified well over two dozen PADI SCUBA to the waters
…Namaste loaded 2,234 (leader Jill swears!) mud bricks into the Leh compound where we built a classroom
…rafted the Río Pacuare in Costa Rica 5 times
…hiked 27 miles through the Himalayas in India
…surfed the coasts of Costa Rica, Panama and Hawaii
…added a dozen Wilderness First Responders (WFR) certified to the world!
…caught two foul balls at a New Orleans minor league baseball game
And that was just the start. With your support and enthusiasm for life changing travel, we won’t stop. There’s no better testament to our work than the smiling faces we have witnessed around the world making a difference. Just take a look!