Love to travel? Like to try different cuisines? Want to give back to the community?
If your answer is yes, then you need to become a part of the Go Eat Give movement. In its first year of establishment, Go Eat Give is an international movement that “connects people, places and palates” through international food and community service. It was started by Sucheta Rawal, a young philanthropist, writer and traveler. She grew up volunteering with her grandmother in India and continued the passion into her adulthood. After travelling to over 30 countries for fun, teaching international cooking and writing restaurant reviews, she decided it was time to add more meaning to her travels. In 2009, she took a volunteer vacation to Russia and in 2010 to Morocco. After this her entire perceptive on life changed. She learned some key lessons about people, how we life, and herself, and decided to share this with others to make the world a better place.
So what is it all about?
The Go Eat Give movement is all about cultural awareness and mutual understanding. It’s amazing how much you can learn about a different culture by working in the community for just a few hours each day. Most people usually take between 1-4 weeks of vacation each year. While you are there, you can enrich your own experience by interacting with the local communities you visit, by sharing your skills and talents through volunteer work. You don’t need to quit your job, leave your home and move abroad for a year. All you do is add community service into your schedule of visiting museums, restaurants and attractions.
A lot of organizations also offer programs that combine volunteering and cultural activities, such as tours, lessons, lectures, etc. These are especially great if you are travelling by yourself or are on a low budget. They even map out the local nonprofits that need assistance which can range from teaching, taking care of children, spending time with the elderly, building homes, working on the farms and much more.
During the rest of the year, you can still participate in the Go Eat Give movement through food. By learning about different cuisines, enjoying them in your home town and sharing with your friends and families, you are still creating that awareness. People have natural tendencies to gather over food to celebrate every occasion. Whether in China or Mexico, food is an essential part of a wedding, birth or death. Why not continue that openness to the world by bringing in onto your plate?
How can you get involved?
To learn how you can become involved with Go Eat Give, visit the website, or find “Go Eat Give” on Facebook or Twitter. You can purchase merchandise on the shop or make a donation to the movement. Sucheta encourages visitors to share stories and feedback, and to contact her with any questions about international travel, volunteerism or cuisine. She is also speaking at events, offering cooking classes, corporate lunch-and-learn programs, and much more.
The world is becoming a smaller place and we are more connected to each other than we ever were. That is why it is more important now to understand our differences, accept them and incorporate them into our entities. Go Eat Give is a phenomenon of the 21st century. So, get out there and think about how you can perpetuate this movement of cultural learning through food and service, whether you are traveling around the world or enjoying a dinner at home.