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#buildOn #GivingTuesday by Lucas Turner

Today is #GivingTuesday and is the perfect day to join the buildOn movement! For 3 years, I have been completely immersed in service, education and making a difference with buildOn. My journey has included breaking ground on 22 primary schools in 5 different countries, engaging in meaningful community service alongside incredible high school students in the South Bronx and speaking to large groups of motivated university students about the power of global education. Every single day, we are breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education! 

From living in villages in Nepal and Senegal, to witnessing the transformational impact international travel has on young people, to experiencing the joy an adult feels when they learn to write their name for the first time; buildOn has provided me with endless opportunities to become a student of the world, and use what I have learned to make a larger positive impact. 

It is never too early or too late to get involved with something bigger than yourself! I would LOVE to help you take your first step on that journey. Building a school with buildOn and traveling on Trek can be for ANYONE. In my time leading Treks, I have taken everyone from C-level executives, celebrities, families, college sororities, interior designers and high school students to build primary schools. YOU can fund a school, break ground on that school, live with host families, engage in cultural activities and push yourself outside of your comfort zone! 

Let's do this! There is no better time to start than today! Shoot me an email at lucas.turner@buildon.org or comment below and I'll get you started on fundraising for your buildOn school and Trek! Also, if you just want to give to buildOn for #givingtuesday, donate here!

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Selfies in Senegal by Lucas Turner

I am bursting with happiness to be back in the field with buildOn as I prepare for the Clemson Circle of Sisterhood trek team to arrive in Senegal! 🙌🌍

Words cannot describe how amazing it is to live in a village full of so much energy, culture and tradition. Trek is not your typical "voluntourism" - we live in the homes of the villagers, share meals together, work side by side and live life together. It is a fully immersive experience and when we leave, we leave as family full of emotion, memories and love. Everyone is on a level playing field - regardless of age, gender, nationality, skin color, etc.

So, before you judge my selfies and photos with these kiddos and the community, and tell me that I am objectifying them, or that I am putting myself on a pedestal as a white savior or saint, listen up. I am no saint. I am just a guy that happens to work internationally and likes to have fun while doing it. Last night, I led a community-wide meeting of over 50 people to prepare for our team's arrival. It was full of excitement, dancing, questions and pure curiosity. At the end, the whole community and myself took many photos and it was a riot. We had the time of our lives taking selfies, looking at the photos immediately as they were taken and we laughed our butts off. You can't tell me that I am doing something wrong by doing that. There have been many times I have been self conscious of posting photos of myself and the community's I work in because of judgmental critics. Well, those days of being hesitant are over because we are all humans, we all have joy and to be honest, selfies are fun and one hell of a good way to break the ice.

So, look at the joy on these kiddos faces. That joy is real and genuine. My hope and purpose for my photos are to show everyone the real and genuine side of working internationally. Hell, the genuine side of living for that matter. Also, I want to give you a glimpse into what I do. Believe it or not, Africa is a continent, not a country, and there are millions of people living life to the fullest that are incredibly happy. 🌍

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