E-Newsletter Feb 2010
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E-Newsletter Feb 2010

A Welcome from Alan & Harriet

Most often in the villages we support, where living with limited resources has long been the status quo, we don't hear a call for help—yet we take it upon ourselves to create meaningful change. In other villages, as was sadly the case in Peru in late January, the call for help is heard around the world—and change becomes a global effort.

The need for philanthropy can present itself in many ways—as you'll discover in this newsletter. We appreciate your interest in our latest endeavors.

Traveling for Change: One Leader, One Village, One Life at a Time

Our mission is to create an impact in the villages where we travel, live, and work. We will strive to:

  • Strengthen the villages in the path of our travels
  • Develop strong gutsy leaders
  • Encourage generosity through community service


Invest in a Village

Project Update

Microfarm at San Francisco de Penas Blancas, Costa Rica

We're matching your donations 100% through March 25, 2010. Help feed more than 180 students and support an entire community by contributing to a water supply system and well for our microfarm.
Learn more >>


New Project

Women's Sewing Workshop at Bearat, Egypt

Learn how 37 sewing machines will create jobs for 35 women—and strengthen an entire community.
Learn more >>




Recognizing Gutsy Leaders

We believe that true leadership can come from anywhere—from boardrooms to classrooms, from City Hall to city streets. It takes guts to change the world … and our leaders are helping to do so, each in their own unique way.

Lucio Levi

Lucio Levi
Grand Circle Program Director

When Alan and Harriet visit Italy, he's the one they call for guidance—and not just because he has more than 40 years of experience. His passion for cultural exposure epitomizes Grand Circle's commitment to learning and discovery. Learn more >>


Wolfgang BrunnerWolfgang Brunner
Regional General Manager, Latin America

This spring, you might see him riding on horseback through the village of San Josecito as Grand Marshal of the annual carnival parade. Find out why Wolfgang is so respected in the Costa Rican communities supported by Grand Circle Foundation.  Learn more >>

Nominate a Gutsy Leader

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If you've traveled with Grand Circle or OAT, what was the most inspirational school you've visited?

Tell us about your experience. We're looking forward to hearing from you! Tell Us! >>

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Help for Peruvian Families

Two Peruvian families who regularly host OAT travelers lost their homes in January's devastating mudslides. Learn more about our plans to rebuild these houses in the Sacred Valley. More >>

Our Generous Travelers

A Small Town with a Big Heart

Travelers Kathleen Kircher and Dana Vannoy mobilized their entire community to give back to the De Ji Ophanage in Tibet. More >>

Associates Giving Back

Greater Boston Food Bank: Boston, MA

Grand Circle associates collected 846 pounds of non-perishable food, and spent an evening sorting and packaging goods for shipment to the homeless. More >>

Playtime for Troubled Youth: Cape Town, South Africa

During a visit to a local fun park, associates from Grand Circle's Cape Town offices reminded young abuse victims what it's like to be carefree. More >>