-​D.V., U.S. OTW participant

Child Family Services (aka Child Protective Services):
44% used CFS services at some time in their childhood.

​​​"What I get from OTW is not money or material things, but a feeling of satisfaction when I contribute my time to help  people here in the USA and abroad."

- A.M., Costa Rican OTW participant

OTW Participant Statistics

-B.N., U.S. OTW participant, Costa Rican OTW alumni trip leader

“Opening the World has opened my eyes to traveling and being more humble and grateful in life with those around me and distant from me. We complain about little things when there are people/children in other countries who don't even have shoes on their feet.” 

Single Parent households:

76% were single parented.

Juvenile Probation:
60% were at one time in the Marin County juvenile system.

Alternative Education:
72% attended alternative education programs and are GED or alternative high graduates.

“Opening The World has helped me in creating a great friendship with life; both giving and receiving.”


-A.Z., U.S. OTW participant, Costa Rican OTW alumni trip leader

Deadline September 15th.

​​“By encouraging me to share my story with others ​who have overcome adversity, OTW has helped me turn my past into a source of empowerment, instead of a source of shame.”

-D.D., Costa Rican OTW participant

 "Compassion, gratitude, motivation, hope, resilience, love, the sky is the limit. OTW has inspired all of that in me. It has taught me the life skills to strive from nothing. It has supported me in every way. It has given me a longed for family from different backgrounds, but all with the same goal: to change the world for the better. That's what OTW is all about."​​​