Posted by: Shanie Matthews | August 18, 2010

Help World Peace and Cultural Understanding by Volunteering with “Let’s Get Global”

Imagine a world where we worked together. Where we understood that our cultural differences are beautiful and to be shared, not feared.

Well, there is a project being created that is hoping to spread that message…Let’s Get Global is a movement to encourage and assist American youth to experience other cultures…to cross borders and share lives! A project of US Servas, Inc., a 501c3 with more than 15,000 hosts around the world, they’ve been helping people connect cross-culturally for more than sixty years.

LGG is about spreading the word that doing an international gap year after high school and before the next phase of life is great for everyone

  • American youth will be prepared for the academic and professional challenges of college and the job world. Colleges will get more mature, focused, and flexible students.
  • The corporate world will have employees who are better prepared to work in the global economy.
  • And the U.S. population will be more understanding and respectful of other cultures.

Education is so much more than what happens in the classroom.

As a graduated exchange student that lived in Germany for a year my senior year in high school, I can honestly say that if all youth experienced and learned first-hand what other cultures are truly about, it would help decrease war, and increase cooperation throughout the world.

Still in the beginning stages, Let’s Get Global is looking for some help from those that feel global friendship is important for the future of the world. If you believe in the idea, I invite you to join in the movement.

Or as the founding member, Rita Golden Gelman, esteemed author, most eloquently said, “I’m excited when I think about the fact that if we work together, we can actually change the cultural norm in the country. I’m hoping that you’ll get your friends, relatives, and neighbors to join too.”

Here’s the link to the Volunteer Questionnaire. There’s a lot of work to be done and LGG needs everyone. Please take a few minutes to let them know how you’d like to help. There’s something for everyone to do.

Even if you happen to be in China or New Zealand or Suriname, LGG can put you to work doing research, posting stuff, or using Facebook and Twitter.  And if you’re in the US, you can help them spread the word in your community and in the local media. They’ll be sending out more ideas and suggestions as LGG grows.

As was shown by the Shirtless Dancer Guy, a movement needs numbers and Let’s Get Global needs us to help spread the message that living abroad helps spread peace.

Let’s make this movement a dramatic example of how a team of people working together can bring an ideal into reality.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: