There’s a commonality between planning a group trip abroad and a conference. You start by selecting a location and hotels, then attract and register attendees, determine programming, deliver information and get participants there. Throw in a foreign culture, a desire to transform attendees’ perspectives and a lot of rice, and you’ve got CIY’s Engage: The World.
If those demands aren’t enough, add the fact that the locations the organization takes trips—Cambodia, Zambia, India and more—put participants (typically aged 18-24) face-to-face with some of the most difficult circumstances on earth from dire poverty to human trafficking and bonded labor. In August, I helped Tommy Nobis, a regular attendee of our Rejuvenate Marketplace, lead one of these trips. I, along with 14 fellow Americans and a nursing student from Japan, experienced the joys and sorrows of the kingdom of Cambodia.