The opportunity to join a led2serve journey approached me in the fall of 2024. As Dr. Cummings explained the purpose and mission statement and the projects that they are involved in I was immediately hooked.I joined a February trip with a few others from my school in Salinas Kansas. My expectations were exceeded in more than one way and continued to be exceeded everyday that I spent with the members of my team. Work hard, play hard is exactly how we spent our week. I have made connections with people I am sure to keep for the rest of my life. I truly found myself as a person and cannot thank the members of my team enough! They are all amazing people with huge hearts and together we made a difference in the lives of others! The trip couldn't have been scheduled and planned any better than it was and I have to thank Vanessa and Dr. Cummings for their work and efforts to make sure the trip went that way! What am amazing way to serve the Lord! When can I go again?!
A year ago Florida Southern College partnered with Led2Serve to send students to Germany and discover more information about their major while volunteering with Led2Serve. Working with Led2Serve in Germany made the trip life changing for me. Both Vanessa and Dr. Cummings were very passionate about working with the different schools which made us (the students) excited to work with everyone. Communication was difficult for some of us at first but playing games with the children immediately broke the barrier and brought us closer together.
The friendships that were built in Germany still remain today. I am thrilled to go to Costa Rica with Vanessa and Dr. Cummings and Led2Serve during the month of July. I will always have Led2Serve in my life and will volunteer when ever I have the chance to. It is a great experience that I would recommend to everyone.
Led2Serve is AWESOME! I went with a group of students from my university to Costa Rica over spring break in March of 2013. We went to three different communities: La Fortuna, Nueva Arenal, and Santa Teresa. While we were there we worked on several projects including, re-roofing a school building, helping members of the community to build a fences surrounding the school yard, painting benches and dugouts around a football/soccer field, and restoring seating and tables in a gathering area for members of the community. When you volunteer with Led2Serve, you live by the words "serve hard, play hard." We had an amazing time working with each other and the community as well as bonding with each other and the AMAZING Led2Serve leaders and founders Nancy and Vanessa. Volunteering with Led2Serve was an incredibly rewarding experience and I look forward to working with them again in the future. Pura Vida!
I received the opportunity to go to Costa Rica with led2serve this past February and had a life altering experience. If your interested in simply building community and relationships with people who enjoy impacting others, led2serve is where you belong. I've always been interested in nonprofit work, but never had the chance to dive full force into an organization and completely capture the vision. They truly do equip,inspire, and mobilize others to get out there and serve however they feel 'led to serve'. They live up to the saying 'serving without boundaries' very well. People who join journeys don't have to worry about skin color, race, religion, or gender! I have joined led2serve on National and International journeys and can honestly say for the rest of my life I will continue to walk alongside led2serve.
Led2Serve worked in partnership with my university to deliver an awesome alternative spring break trip. The motto: Work Hard, Play Hard fits perfectly with the stuctrure of our service journey. Vanessa and Nancy did an amazing job setting up service porjects that perfectly fit our groups needs and expectations. Working in and among the community provided the opportunity to serve, but it also gave us a window into the world of local Costa Ricans. I think the most amazing part of this journey was the relationships I began building with people from the communities - children and adults alike!
While the service was the number one higlight of my trip, I would have to say ziplining through the jungle canopy, and hiking on the hanging bridges was my number two highlight. Like I said, Work Hard, Play Hard. I makes sense!
If you are looking for an organization that provides sustainable service to local communities, a trip of a lifetime, and the opportunity for adventure look no further than Led2Serve!
I went to Costa Rica with Led2Serve for a study abroad trip with Florida Southern during spring break. Vanessa Puleo and Nancy Cummings were great leaders and had awesome events and things planned for us. This experience was truly life-changing and I wouldn't trade it for the world. We did a lot of volunteer work and manual labor, but none of it ever felt like work. And each day when we were finished, we were treated to other great opportunities to interact with the locals and get a real feel for Costa Rican life. This trip and the trip leaders made me want to MOVE to Costa Rica. It was an incredible experience and I'd love to tell anyone about it and I highly recommend taking a journey with led2serve!
I joined led2serve for an international service trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2012. It was a fantastic experience from start to finish! Leaders engaged volunteers in meaningful service projects that utilized each person's skills and abilities. We were able to build some pretty amazing relationships and I was challenged to expand my comfort zone and try new things. The best part for me, as a working mom of three, was being able to relax and let someone else make all the plans and worry about the details. For an entire week, my focus wasn't me and my to-do list. It was about serving, connecting and enjoying new friends and new experiences! I came back refreshed, re-energized, and incredibly appreciative of my service experience!
If you are looking for an organization to create meaningful service experiences for you and your family, led2serve is the one to be connected with! Our family has been on multiple service oriented journeys with led2serve in the past 3 years and we plan to attend many more in the future! Serving Without Boundaries means we can serve with our young children, with people of many backgrounds, in different locations, and in ways that we feel led2serve! Projects for all skill and age levels are available and after each journey, we come away satisfied knowing that even the youngest or oldest of us was able to contribute positively to that community! Join a journey! You will be amazed!
I've volunteered on several journeys with Led2Serve locally and nationally and each of them were amazing. Regardless of your skill set, its almost like the journey leader miraculously finds a task that's perfect for you. When you volunteer for a journey with them, initially you're doing it to help and make a difference in the lives of others; however, at the end of the journey, the biggest difference is in you. You come away feeling like you've been mentored during the experience and your confidence has received a much needed boost. You accomplish tasks would have never attempted or thought you were capable of doing. I would and do recommend Led2Serve to anyone looking to volunteer/serve others. Led2Serve is a great inclusive organization that anyone from all walks of life can participate and come away knowing they have made a difference no matter how big or small a part they feel they've played.
My son and I have had the extreme pleasure of serving locally and internationally with Led2Serve. Their vision to "Equip-Inspire-Mobilize" is helping communities and changing lives! Not only of the people they are serving but those that are volunteering. If you are looking for a way to help...either by volunteering your time or donating items or money...then Led2Serve is the way to go!! Our next trip is booked and we can hardly wait!!