English philosopher Edmund Burke is attributed with having said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing." Xela AID believes that poverty, suffering and ignorance, are some of the worst forms of evil. But we know first hand that the opposite is also true:
The cycle of poverty can be broken and abundance restored when a few good people work together for positive change.
Over the past 20 years, our Global Citizen Volunteer Program has enriched the lives of people from all walks while fueling health, education, clean environment, and economic development programs. Our volunteers have come from all walks of life:
• College students, including pre-med, seeking real-life experiences and a broadening of perspective;
• Business people wanting to understand more about how others live;
• Career professionals at a turning point who wish to give more back to society;
• Peacemakers who understand the importance of a broader view of the world;
• Parents wishing to enrich their child's resume for college entrance while sharing a life-changing experience;
• People on a spiritual quest to define their next important personal mission in life.
What all these people have in common, is that during their Xela AID experience, no matter what their initial purpose in coming, their assumptions about the human experience have been challenged, their world view has been broadened, and their own lives have been deeply enriched.
Here is what recent participants had to say:
"This service trip was exceptional and I believe we all, as a group, became better individuals and will move forward to contribute and give back." - Moonsook, 48
"This trip was life changing." - Kristin, 43
"The trip was eye-opening. I learned a lot, and that it is possible to make a difference. I won't forget this trip, and am grateful for all the hard work that was put into it. Thank you for the opportunity. Inspirational, amazing!" - Greer, 16
"All around awesome, life changing trip!" - Miles, 17
We believe that a well-traveled public is much better informed and prepared to be a "world citizen." Such a person is inclined to make better decisions at home, and to work for local positive change while thinking globally. Such experiences are those needed to prepare our own, well-rounded leaders of the future so that we may have a safe and sane world for all
We invite you to read on and see the various ways you can BE THE CHANGE through volunteering with Xela AID, or offering your support from the comfort of your own home.