The mission of Junior Achievement (JA) is, put simply, to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Founded in 1919, JA is a youth-serving NGO that provides children with a critical skill set through programs for financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and general work preparedness. As one of the group leaders put it: […]
Eager to give back, I chose to visit Ghana for a teaching programme in December 2016. Even though it started out with a 28-hour trip due to a delayed flight from London and a missed transit, it still turned out to be one of the most valuable trips in my life so far. Once I had finally landed and was struck by the lovely heat of Africa, I was warmly welcomed by Elvis, one of the volunteer organi
I spent a week working with an incredible group of volunteers at Project Favela, an early childhood education center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Project Favela operates an after-school program for the children of Rocinha, a favela just south of the city center. Because the state only funds half-day schooling, Project Favela offers classes for st
As I sort through the photos flooding my inbox, I continually find myself uttering, “What a week.” I’m astounded by the unique volunteer projects, the number of associates who got out and gave back, and the impact associates from CEB, now part of Gartner had during Global Impact Week. When I first joined the Global Corporate Citizenship team, I was intimidated by the thought of running Gl
Maicol. Roberto. Carina. Maria. Osveli. The names and faces of the kids we worked with last week are still swirling in my head; it felt all too soon that we had to come back home and return to our lives. It’s been a particularly special and emotional feeling hugging my kids since I came back, knowing now just a little bit about what those “Guatemaltecos Extraordinarios” go through every day.
Leaving Guatemala was one of the hardest days for each of us, as it’s only now that we got some time to reflect on the different shades of our community service here. As we all head to our homes, a part of us is still wanting to go back and work for those kids, spend time at the day care, and do more. This experience has changed our perspective toward life in more ways than one. I would like to