His 20-year marriage was floundering. His two teenage kids were lost in cyberspace most of the time. He felt disconnected from his work, his family, his life. Which is when he had an idea: Let's volunteer our way around the world.
John Marshall had read about the growth of voluntourism, and frankly, it was the only kind of extended trip he could afford. He'd heard that some peoples' lives were changed by a week of overseas service - what might half a year accomplish for his family? His wife, Traca, was all in favor of it; his kids, especially his 14-year-old daughter, were strongly opposed.
Wide-Open World is the totally engaging, bluntly honest story of the Marshall family's life-changing adventure: six months of world travel, volunteering their way from Costa Rica to New Zealand to East Asia, how it went and what it led to. As Marshall discovered, he and his family did not change the world; the world changed them.
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I enjoyed every minute
This author has a gift for picking out moments in life that are really captivating. And his here-and-there tour of the world made for plenty of material. Some moments are about culture-shock, other moments are just about dealing with the bumpy road of life. Others have to do with the hard work of good relationships. In enjoyed of these moments, and I appreciated his polished narrative to the point of envy. I will probably gift this book to my sister at some point and also read it all over again myself.
- C. Ternoey "ct"