Holding a position on the SFP Board of Directors and serving as the CEO of the organization has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. Most international service programs are transformative for volunteers. The program design of SFP international service programs make it more likely that local volunteers and the community will be part of this transformative experience. It has been a source of pride to observe our US based volunteers as well as local volunteers continue to grow both their intercultural competencies and their skills in community development over the years. Most of country office directors began as volunteers and then assumed greater levels of responsibility for the management of volunteers in community driven programs. Other volunteers have applied the experiences of serving in vulnerable communities in other countries and continued to advocate for policies that ensure more just and equitable communities around the world. Our volunteers gain an experience of other cultures and people that allows them to build a more global perspective of the world. This is what we call the transformative model of peacemaking.
Service For Peace has accomplished so much in building communities of peace and holding Global Peace Makers projects! I am proud to be associated with the many truly dedicated people who are living for a greater good and taking steps toward building a lasting peace between diverse groups.
I was introduced to Service for Peace during an MLK Day of Service Planning Committee meeting in 2007. After I participated in the 2008 MLK Day of Service event, I was instantly hooked; the Service for Peace staff are the most passionate community service professionals I've ever met (they all LIVE lives of service!) and the mission of cross-cultural service and community engagement is inspiring. After I participated in the more-than-affordable 2009 Global PeaceMaker project in West Africa, my admiration for Service for Peace turned into undeniable passion! Through the Global PeaceMaker program, Service for Peace volunteers get the opportunity to travel to a foreign country, and live with/serve alongside community members, all the while being educated on comunity-driven development. The Global PeaceMaker program allows people from all walks of life to come together and work towards a common goal -- to build communities of peace. There's no greater organization that spreads the mission of peace through community-driven, cross-cultural, service-centered action. To anyone interested in giving back, whether in your own city or overseas, I recommend getting involved someway and somehow with Service for Peace--participate in a Service for Peace sponsored MLK Day of Service event or attend a GlobalPeacemaker project...If you do, I promise you, your involvement with Service for Peace will enlighten you and make you feel so incredibly ALIVE!