Name: Susan Chen
Location: Orlando, Florida (currently in Abu Dhabi)
Role: Writer

Fundraising Goal: $1,000

How did you get interested in global issues?
From traveling and studying in Shanghai, I learned that you truly don’t know anything about the world and its people unless you have interacted with people from various cultures. I hate that traveling is popularized as just vacationing/tourism when it really should be eco-friendly and conscious tourism.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I am volunteering to help because I had been a bystander of poverty to the places I have traveled to. Many of the times, I do realize that tourism can contribute to a cycle in which a region is stuck in poverty because westerners have a great appetite to “experience” indigenous cultures and the natives do not benefit from profits earned by global tourism.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I really don’t like hot weather, and I almost never leave home without wearing sunscreen.

My Compassion/Humility List
I will do the following for any friends and family who donate in my honor.

  1. $75: Treat you to a facial
  2. $150: Help you “Marie Kondo” your closet, bathroom, and life!
  3. $200: Gift you a portrait drawing of yourself.

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