The best resource for the play-by-play progress of The Global Citizen Project since day one is my blog: http://globalcitizenproject.blogspot.com/
NOTE: If The Global Citizen Project is fully funded by its February 22, 2010 deadline, I will file with the IRS for non-profit 501(c)(3) status. According to IRS Publication 78, charitible donations are retroactively tax deductable for a period of one year prior to the approval date.
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL CITIZEN PROJECT?
The Global Citizen Project will see me, professional journalist Charyn Pfeuffer swap my BlackBerry for a backpack to volunteer with 12 community projects in 12 countries over 12 months. I've traveled around the globe in the name of work and have been profoundly impacted by the communities most underserved. I realize it’s impossible to save the world with bite-sized stints of service, but plan to promote the selected causes and communities, before, during and after the terms of service, as well as responsible travel via my platform as an influential journalist and blogger. I plan to embark on this adventure in June 2010 and will commit a minimum of two weeks of volunteer service per month.
WHY THE GLOBAL CITIZEN PROJECT?
Nice round dates, numbers and new years seemed like a good time for introspection. January 2010 marks the 12-year anniversary of my career as a freelance food, travel and lifestyle journalist. During this time, I’ve authored, co-authored or ghostwritten a dozen books and contributed to more than 80 publications, including TravelChannel.com, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Sunset, San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Times. 2010 also marks the 20th anniversary of my mother’s death to lung cancer. In 1990, exactly two weeks before my mother’s passing, she disclosed a very short list of end-of-life regrets, including: “I never went to Europe.” Her words have inspired me to live life fully, spontaneously and with purpose. Okay, maybe it’s also been influenced by some strong-willed Taurus tendencies (the blessing and burden of sharing a birthday with Earth Day).I’ve given a lot of thought to what aspects of travel teach and inspire me, and it comes down to the beauty, virtue and power of the people I cross paths with. Over the past few years, I’ve been fortunate to spend time in several underserved countries around the world and It is clear to me that despite the countless cultural differences, we all have dreams, we all strive for happiness and, really, we’re all not so different. I've been profoundly affected by these people and places and I want to give back, make a difference and bring awareness to the issues these communities face via my platform as a journalist.
WHERE WILL I VOLUNTEER?
Since launching The Global Citizen Project, I’ve committed to several projects and am in the throes of finalizing commitments. You can learn more about the programs and organizations I plan to support here. Of course, I am always open to suggestions.
My efforts are focused on English and Spanish-speaking countries, since I have beginner Spanish skills and Rosetta Stone (Latin America Spanish) Levels 1 and 2. Based on estimated airfares, program fees, accommodations, meals, visa, required immunizations, travel insurance and miscellaneous costs, I’m budgeting this project at $20,000 for the 12 month duration. It's my intent to live as frugally as possible and seek out low-cost/free volunteer opportunties whenever possible.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
You can read more about where the money will go here:
HOW WILL I RAISE AWARENESS?
I plan to share my experiences through:
BLOG.the global citizen project blog http://globalcitizenproject.blogspot.com
UPDATES. Here, on Kickstarter.com
SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS. Facebook: Charyn Pfeuffer + Twitter: @global_gourmet
EDITORIAL. Increased, focused editorial efforts on responsible travel and volunteer tourism, specifically the 12 causes and communities I serve.
You can learn more about me, my writing and travel experience on my blog:
I hope you will find The Global Citizen Project worthy of backing and I appreciate your pledge consideration. Please feel free to email me questions, comments, musings, etc. I really want this to be a collaborative effort and I am interested in hearing about any recommended volunteer programs. Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting volunteer travel and The Global Citizen Project.
With thanks and gratitude,
HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Through my correspondence with Charyn and the media coverage I’ve seen, the goal of her Global Citizen Project is more widespread, macroscopic, and holistic. She means to highlight challenges and opportunities around the globe, as well as a sample of the efforts some organizations are taking to respond to these opportunities.” -- Robert Furr, Director of Building a Future
“I just wanted to pipe in with a hearty endorsement of (full disclosure: my friend) Charyn. She's brilliant and big-hearted – and she has more hustle than the Harlem Globetrotters. The worlds of voluntourism and journalism both need advocates like her.” -- Amanda Castleman, freelance journalist
"Pfeuffer's career and history actually make her exceptionally qualified to work as a worldwide humanitarian...Lastly, she's sure to write about her experiences when she returns and raise awareness about issues we've yet to fathom, as well as educate us about the beauty of our world...Charyn is just the kind of person we want representing America; earnest, kind, hard working and wicked smart." -- Annie Scott, Tonic.com
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