Travelling is a great way to learn about the world.
Jeannine Curly has used travel to help youth at risk find wellness through the not for profit group Opening the World.
“I want to give them a different perspective of the world and give them opportunities to travel. because for some, it might not have been an option,” says Curly, the founder of the organization.
Originally from Smithers, Curly moved down to the States before starting up the organization. She says she used to be one of those kids that would be considered ‘at risk.’
“I backpacked through Europe when I was 22. I saw all of these great things about the world. and it made me thirst for more knowledge.”
She’s up here in Smithers with 10 youth from San Francisco. They all raised their own money for this and other trips.
One of the trips they made was to Nepal to visit orphanages and to help raise money for relief efforts after the devastating earthquake there.
She hopes she can bring Opening the World to Canada and grow it through some larger funding.