“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry [and] narrow mindedness.”

                       -Mark Twain

"Compassion, gratitude, motivation, hope, resilience, love, the sky is the limit. OTW has inspired all of that in me. It has taught me the life skills to strive from nothing. It has supported me in every way. It has given me a longed for family from different backgrounds, but all with the same goal: to change the world for the better. That's what OTW is all about." -​D.V., U.S. OTW participant

“By encouraging me to share my story with others 
​who have overcome adversity, OTW has helped me to turn my past into a source of empowerment, instead of a source of shame.” -B.N., U.S. OTW participant, Costa Rican
  OTW alumni trip leader      
“Opening The World has helped me in creating a great friendship with life; both giving and receiving.” 
​ -A.Z., U.S. OTW participant,
​ Costa Rican OTW alumni trip leader

“Opening the World has opened my eyes to traveling and being more humble and grateful in life with those around me and distant from me. We complain about little things when there are people/children in other countries who don't even have shoes on their feet.” 
​ - A.M., Costa Rican OTW participant

   Opening the world

A Community Service & Travel Program for Young Adults

"What I get from OTW is not money or material things, but a feeling of satisfaction when I contribute my time to help people here in the USA and abroad."

 -D.D., Costa Rican 
​ OTW participant