Seattle woman wins trip to volunteer in Costa Rica

Seattle resident Charyn Pfeuffer is one of three winners in WE tv’s and Ladies’ Home Journal’s first annual “We Do Good Awards,” a national joint initiative that recognizes women who volunteer their time to help others in need. Ms. Pfeuffer won a $5,000 voluntourism grant provided by Travelocity’s Travel to go to Costa Rica.

The Do Good initiative celebrates women and companies who make a positive impact in the lives of people and their communities. The three winners were chosen during an eight-month, three-tiered program that began with a call for nominations, followed by an online vote to select the winner in each award category.

Ms. Pfeuffer won the Travel for Good award, which recognizes a dedicated volunteer who is passionate about exploring the world around her. For the past 12 years, Ms. Pfeuffer has been a freelance food, travel and lifestyle journalist. “I’ve traveled around the globe in the name of work and have been profoundly impacted by the communities most underserved,” said Ms. Pfeuffer. With her travels as her inspiration, she founded The Global Citizen Project, her personal mission to spend a full year volunteering. In just three months, she raised enough money from independent donors to pay for her volunteer effort, during which she will serve in 12 different community projects in 12 countries over 12 months.

Thus far, she has helped teach and care for underprivileged children in Honduras and protect sea turtles in Mexico. Ms. Pfeuffer and her boyfriend will travel to a small community in Costa Rica and spend a week participating in a community-building project organized by one of Travelocity’s voluntourism partners, Globe Aware. She and the other members of her volunteer group will help the local village develop the basic infrastructure needed to foster a sustainable source of income from ecotourism.

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