“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.” 

​​​"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.Z., U.S. OTW participant, Costa Rican OTW alumni trip leader

- A.M., 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."​​​

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

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

-D.D., Costa Rican OTW participant

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

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

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

-​D.V., U.S. OTW participant

Single Parent households:

76% were single parented.

OTW Participant Statistics