Cornerstone values and objectives, rooted in many years of experience, that were the foundation of the 2011 GCO project:
Cultural/ethnic exchange in a safe/secure environment;
Valuable because developing meaningful working and friendship relationships with people from backgrounds and histories markedly different that one’s own is a powerful means to counter entrenched stereotypes about “the other”, “the stranger”, “the enemy”.
Valuable because community service is an empowering experience in which we draw on personal strengths and capacities in making a positive, tangible difference to help in the world around us.
Participation in successful group effort focusing on specific and attainable objectives:
Valuable because by working together with others on projects and activities that yield valued and meaningful outcomes, we identify shared values, aspirations and hopes and translate these “into action”.
Envisioning a world for the next generation through preparing camp programs for children:
Valuable because exploring and tapping into one’s hopes and dreams for future through planning and implementing a camp program for the “next generation” we have the tangible experience of building a better world for the children of today and the generations to come, building confidence that we can contribute to making a better world for ourselves and for others.