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Making A Difference Across the USA

The team of led2serve, a Florida-based 501(c) (3), continually creates engaging and life-changing Service Journeys for people to join. Their collaborative efforts with community partners result in supporting local projects wherever they go! While led2serve is registered as a public charity, many of its leaders have a faith foundation and lead a particular Journey called a “Service Mission Journey”. On these trips they take teams into a community location and serve on projects which have a faith founded message throughout. Often times the theme is “servant leadership” or “serving higher”.

Founded in 2009, led2serve was created to equip, inspire, and mobilize individuals to serve others locally, nationally, and through many regions of Costa Rica. Its founder, Vanessa Puleo, was inspired to start the non-profit after her own meaningful trip to Egypt in 2006, “It was on that trip I realized that leaving a legacy was going to mean I significantly changed my life.” stated Puleo. It was not long after that trip she sold her business and applied a “service before self” attitude.

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Building Character through Journeys

Founded in 2009, led2serve was created to equip, inspire, and mobilize people to serve others locally, nationally, and through many regions of Costa Rica. “Engaging people at every age and skill level is something that changes their lives dramatically” says Vanessa Puleo, Founder and Executive Director, “When individuals and teams engages in life-changing serving opportunities they begin to see life, serving, fun and community blend as one. Eventually, they can envision incorporating a piece of serving into every place they travel.”

Service projects can range from building a ramp for the disabled, painting a school, or participating in an environmental clean up effort. Students then are able to balance their hard work by taking part in activities such as zip-lining, snorkeling, white water rafting and other fun and adventurous activities.

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Building Character through Service Journeys

st johnsAre you looking to be a better person inside and out? Founder and Executive Director, Vanessa Puleo, states it best. "Quite simply, it all comes down to who you hang with. If you want to play great tennis, play with someone who's better than you. If you want to be an amazing artist, take lessons from the best. And if you want to be a person of character and integrity, and be a better person yourself....hang out with people who have those characteristics. Watch what they do, read what they do, and serve like they do. Chances are they are serving others along their walk of life." 

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The Environment and Relationships

Picking ripe coffee beans, planting fields of corn and engaging in various reforestation projects around the farm were the ways that a led2serve team served locally at Arenal Vida Campesina in La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica. These students worked together in three groups to learn and cultivate new skills and enjoy fellowship with one another. The purpose of this serving day was to provide these students with a hands-on learning experience of a typical day for employees on the farm. This service learning project gave the students the opportunity to engage in community and environmental sustainability education during their month-long stay in Costa Rica. 

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With led2serve’s mission to build relationships within the communities they serve, Arenal Vida Campesina has been a partner location for led2serve over the past five years. Arenal Vida Campesina is a self-sustained, organic and cultural education center that strives to share the true life of a rural Costa Rican family and preserve the customs and traditions of Costa Rica. 

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Community Connections in Nuevo Arenal

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2013 marks the third year that the international volunteer group Led-2-Serve returned to Nuevo Arenal to participate in projects benefitting the community.

For most college students, spring break means traveling to places like Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Cancun, Mexico, for two weeks of partying and chilling out. The 26-member Led-2-Serve group included sixteen third-year students from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, who had more constructive ideas of what to do with their free time.

Dividing into work teams, the students and their Led-2-Serve mentors (coordinated by Vanessa Puleo) restored and repainted the metal roof of the high school, cleaned and painted chairs at the bullring salon, constructed a fenced play yard for pre-school children whose parents are working, and built a fence enclosure for the vegetable garden at the Asamiento school. Sonja Wagner conducted disscussions on nutrition at the school.

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Future Journeys

Jun 25th - Jul 2nd
The Costa Rican Journey (FULL)
Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
Jul 30th - Aug 4th
Service Misson ~ (FULL)
Key Largo, Florida
Sep 11th - Sep 12th
Calling Team Leaders for Teens!
Ocala, Florida
Sep 11th - Sep 15th
Cherokee, NC ~ ASA (12th)
Cherokee, NC
Sep 11th - Sep 13th
Southwind Adventure ~ ASA (7th)
Ocala, Florida
Sep 11th - Sep 15th
St. Simon Island ~ ASA (9th)
St. Simon Island, Georgia
Sep 12th - Sep 15th
Exploring the Keys ~ ASA (8th)
Key Largo, Florida

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