led2play is an amazing Service Learning Journey that combines your servant heart with the inner child that we all have. From our younger days, we have wondered if play could be a vehicle that could make a lasting impact in the lives of other people. It can and it does! It is the purest form of serving. The smiles, the stories, the friendships, the meals afterwards; some of our most favorite moments come from being led2play with someone else. Give a little, play a little, play it forward...
World-renowned soccer player, Jackie Bachteler, will partner with Co-founder, Nancy Cummings, to create meaningful Service Journeys combining sport, play and service activies.
Jackie adds passion and purpose to her sport. She is a trainer, coach, mentor and friend to children and students across the globe. Bridging her playing style with her teaching technique, she has created the "soccer dance" and has elevated soccer to a brand new level. Having competed as a professional player in the U.S., Sweden, and Finland, Jackie has enriched the lives of countless people all around the world.
(as written in the Tico Times: March, 2013)
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. Dr. Nancy Cummings, PhD, and pre-med intern Sonja Wagner conducted disscussions on nutrition at the school.
led2serve understands what it takes to create curriculum that allows colleges, professors, teachers, and most importantly students, to thrive in today's academic world while maintaining robust curriculum. Dr. Nancy H. Cummings, Co-founder of led2serve, states it best. "Today’s students want to learn, serve and help others. They are hungry to make a difference in the world. It is up to us, as educators, to meet their needs and design moments that intentionally bridge the gap between serving and learning. Service Learning produces well-rounded, caring, global citizens that will make a profound difference in their communities, their profession and around the world." She is in the midst of creating a new division of led2serve which will focus exclusively on customizing Service Learning Journeys for all academic environments. Whether you are interested in a Service Learning Journey for your students or simply have an interest in learning while you serve, led2serveU will create an amazing life-changing Journey that you can join. THESE are examples of future Service Learning Journeys.