Bio

Karen Brown, a native Texan currently lives in Manhattan. She is the Social Responsibility Leader for the New York Perkins+Will office, an international architecture firm.  Karen graduated in 1999 from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, with a degree in Interior Design. She has had many life experiences traveling the world and has lived in Dallas, San Francisco, and Manhattan. In 2004 she took a one year sabbatical to work for an NGO and various non-profits in Egypt, under the umbrella of the Presbyterian Church’s Young Adult Volunteer Program. At 30, Karen is looking forward to her next adventure by taking a three month leave of absence from her job in NYC starting August 21, 2008, to pursue volunteer work in the Republic of Georgia, Ghana and Guatemala.

VISION
To inspire people around the world to make a difference in the lives of others through the generosity of their time in volunteer commitment.

THE DREAM
The idea of G3 began in April, 2008 when I was on vacation with friends. Having time to decompress from the pressures of NYC and reflect on my life, I began to ask God to start moving in three areas of my life; NYC housing, my job, and my dating relationships. With two days left of my vacation, instead of gaining clarity in those areas I was overwhelmed with the thought of taking a three month sabbatical to work for non-profit organizations overseas. To me, this trip would be about showing others God’s love through the giving of my time and resources. When thinking about where I would go, I immediately thought about countries that start with a G; showing others God’s love by Giving of my time and resources. After a few days of research on the G countries, I felt strongly about going to three different parts of the world, focusing on three different areas of human need: human rights, health care, and education. This is how G3 was born!

WHERE
Republic of GEORGIA, GHANA, GUATEMALA

WHEN
August 21 – November 29, 2008

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