My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for WorldVentures Foundation, Plano, TX, USA
On April 1st, 2014 a good friend of my wife Alicia and I,
shared a video with us from the Worldventure Foundation of a school being built out of bottles in a remote village in Guatemala.
While our heart strings were of course immediately tugged upon, in the end it was our friend's contagious and exuberant passion that fueled our desire to go on one of these volunteer trips.
This friend who has since become like family, is a deliriously delightful and extraordinary woman, whom we'd quickly discover is impossible to explain or edify without the use of several adjectives; and goes by the fitting name of Hollie Hart.
Hollie, (a.k.a. Holita) had not only been on several volunteer trips, she was also hosting them at the time. And we were determined to do whatever it takes to get ourselves to Guatemala and share in a bottle school volunteer experience with her.
Unfortunately, life often finds a way of making your biggest dreams low in priority.
It took us 5 years of talking, wanting and wishing we could make it happen, before we realized we wasted 5 years making excuses on why we couldn't make it happen.
Then an opportunity presented itself again...and this time, we didn't let it pass us by. We worked hard, our children helped raise their own funds and in March 2019, my family and I finally headed down on a Worldventure Foundation voluntour trip to help build a bottle school in a remote village in Gautemala.
Without trying to sound cliche' the experience has completely changed our life. For me personally, I expected to see sadness and sorrow...instead, I witnessed joy and hope. I thought I would be the one contributing, the one to make a change in their life and instead...it was them who left a profound impact on me.
We came home with desire to do whatever we can to better our world. We have since volunteered, not only in our own community but also for the Foundation at events, concerts and fundraisers. I have even performed an entire stand-up comedy routine based on my own unique take (from a comic's perspective) of our bottle school trip adventures and what people can expect.
In hopes it will peak interest and expand awareness:
*on the simplicity of booking a WV voluntour trip.
*the value comparative to other mission trips.
*how well you are taken care of and your safety in a foreign country.
*and the rewarding, unforgettable experience these volunteer opportunities offer.
And in February 2020, my wife and I are already booked to head back to Guatemala to help build another bottle school.
I love the Worldventure Foundation and all the work they do. My hope is to spread the word and help more people volunteer and give back in whatever way they can. I am proud and feel privileged to have been a part of this experience and will continue my efforts with the foundation for years to come.
Tim Singer & Family
Colorado Springs, Colorado
I have included my comedy set about our trip and pics as well.