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Mission: led2serve equips, inspires and mobilizes people to serve others across the USA and regions of Costa Rica. Our aim is to provide life-changing service experiences for individuals, couples, families or groups that allow you to serve together and care for the practical needs of others. Regardless of your age or skills, you are invited to join any Journey.

Results: Over the past few years we've helped to build a safe house for children in Costa Rica, conducted sports camps in Germany, developed programs for reading and math in village schools, renovate camps for disabled campers, support communities for long-term sustainable projects and so much more!

Target demographics: Community partners and their projects in established locations

Direct beneficiaries per year: Every partner received a Serve Team to support local community outreach and projects!

Geographic areas served: USA and Costa Rica

Programs: Service Adventures, Service Missions, Service Learning Journeys

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Led2Serve is an incredible organization. Not only do they make a huge difference in the communities they serve, they maintain relationships in those communities and with the people they serve. They live up to their mission. It’s an organization that connects hearts. If you want that deep down feeling of knowing you truly gave your heart, reach out to them to discover where you are Led2Serve.

Kristin B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Led2Serve gave me the opportunity to serve a community in Costa Rica that completely changed the direction of my life! I was exposed to the rawness of being selfless and building community with people who didn't even share my same language. Led2Serve took care of every aspect of our trip, all I had to do was show up with my bags! From our flights, to meals, to hotels, to adventures, to service projects (painting a school, teaching english, arts and crafts, sports field day, planting a garden for a widow), it was all planned out and flowed seamlessly throughout our whole trip. I will definitely be going on another service journey with them in the future, each year probably! The journey leaders were amazing and truly had a heart to serve! If you've wanted to experience serving a community in Costa Rica or throughout the USA, get in contact with Vanessa! She is amazing and will take you on a service journey, mission trip or service adventure that could potentially change your life like it did mine!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had amazing experiences with the Led2Serve events on multiple occasions. I love the way they customize their journeys and local service projects to suit the needs of both the charity organizations that are being served and the volunteers. I always feel like I can invite friends along and we have the best time. Whether you have a heart for adults, children, animals or the environment, Led2Serve seems to have something for everyone. They take care of all of the logistics, so we simply show up with an open mind and willing heart. I know we are serving to bless others, but it always feels that I'm the one being blessed once the serving is over.

Beth Phelps J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equipping, inspiring and serving without boundaries!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A fantastically run organization who aim to be truly integrated with the communities they serve. Offering projects covering a wide range of interests and disciplines. The volunteering trips are well organized with great group leaders and the trips provide a good balance of service work and exploration opportunities. Would definitely recommend this organization for those looking for a different way to travel and great opportunities to serve!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time with Ms. Vanessa! We helped repair and paint a youth campground. All the volunteers were happy to be together working and playing. We built a new soccer field and went canoeing at sunrise. I love working to support my community. Thank you Led2Serve for the opportunity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We joined led2serve about a year ago. We absolutely love these phenomenal ladies and all they do for the community! We look forward to many more opportunities to volunteer with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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?!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Kelly Jean H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Kristin B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Caitie C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Heather88

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Lucee P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jessica104

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a college student, I traveled with Led2Serve to Germany in partnership with Florida Southern College and absolutely loved it! I convinced my sister to travel with me to Costa Rica in June 2012and assured her she'd have a blast! Both trips I went on I had an amazing time serving not only myself but everyone we came into contact with! Led2Serve has helped me grow as a person and further nourish my desire to serve no matter what the circumstance! I have recommended this organization to numerous people and can't wait to go on another trip soon!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

led2serve puts together amazing trips focusing around serving others. I have had the pleasure of participating in National and International Journeys. My favorite part about this organization is their serving without boundaries philosophy. To me this was meaningful in that I was able to serve with impartiality. They match those who need to be served and those who want to contribute regardless of race, religion or political affiliation. Connecting others no matter what the country, language, age or education level of a person is. Being unwilling to see a border or limit only boundless opportunities with an open invitation for ideas and creativity.