Our story begins in Athens, Georgia, home of the University of Georgia, R.E.M. and the Georgia Bulldawgs. Two jet-setters saw an opportunity to give back to one of their favorite places in the world, Puerto Rico. They loved the island so much they wanted share their experiences in this tropical paradise with their friends.
Every summer, they would visit this vibrant Caribbean land with some of their closest friends for an authentic Puerto Rican escapade. The result was clear: the love for Puerto Rico and it's vibrant culinary scene, it's kaleidoscopic culture, and the warmth of it's people was contagious. The two jet-setters needed to replicate this experience to other people who came from different walks of life but shared the same sense of adventure.
And that's how 1Planet was born. What was originally a small project that began in the summer of 2015 and consisted of only six volunteers the first week, it's now an adventure currently expanding to other parts of the world.
The Jet-Setters (and Founders)
Jet-setter #1- Alex BORGES
Hi everyone! The idea of 1Planet came to me after years of travelling. Some of my travel experiences include studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, teaching English in Costa Rica, visiting indigenous communities in Ecuador, and seeing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet in the southernmost point of Africa. Other countries I've been to are Mexico, Canada, Senegal, Japan, Indonesia, Panama, and Colombia, I wanted to be able to provide an affordable and unforgettable experience abroad, and that's how 1Planet became a reality in the tropical island where I was born and raised, Puerto Rico. Before 1Planet I was a medical interpreter for 5 years, worked at my local school district's Migrant Education Program for 7 years, and was Executive Director for Casa de Amistad, a non-profit organization that provides services to low-income and at-risk Hispanics/Latinos. I currently serve as a board member for Prevent Child Abuse Athens and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI) Advisory Board at the University of Georgia. I can be contacted at email@example.com
jet-setter #2- Brent jacobs
My name is Brent Jacobs and I am the co-founder and program director of 1Planet. I spent the majority of my professional career in the automobile business both in sales and in inventory management. A career change in 2009 led me to the position of job coach with a large non-profit conducting work evaluations with persons with disabilities. I became involved with the small non-profit Casa de Amistad as a board member in 2011 helping to provide free services to the under-served Latino population in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. When the opportunity arose for me to help found 1Planet and assist volunteers in experiencing other cultures and diverse life styles around the world I jumped at the chance. I believe that 1Planet offers the best opportunity for our clients to experience the wonderful life changing experiences that I have enjoyed. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org