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Don’t ask yourself what the world needs

Ask yourself what makes you come alive

Then go and do that

Because what the world needs

Is people who have come alive.


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Watch  Hope for Haiti Video

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What I Learned from the Haitian People about Valuing

Lisa Rueff


Thursday, July 11, 2010, 5 pm Pacific, 6 pm Mt, 7 pm Central, 8 pm EST, 9 pm Atlantic


Lisa's Reflections...

Volunteering in Haiti was incredibly profound! The Haitian people do not have much, but value and appreciate each other and everything they have. Their gratitude, resilience, thoughtfulness, and joy is prevalent in their actions. The Haitian people are full of life, love and laughter. The children are beyond affectionate, and just love to hug, play, dance and sing.  


Here's how I volunteered in Haiti:


  • assisted in 2 orphanages, helping with the kids, teaching yoga, songs like the Hokey Pokey, and games like Duck, Duck Goose.
  • assisted the United Nations, going into tented cities and preparing to move people to more stable shelters and structures. 
  • removed rubble from destroyed buildings with the Salvation army
  • taught English classes and impromptu yoga classes at all the tented citiies I visited. The Haitian people, children and adults alike, absolutely loved speaking English and espcecially enjoyed playful yoga.. 
  • coordinated at 2 different cities the kids making colorful prayer flags... and got about 90 kids in all expressing in a circle their hopes, desires, and dreams, and then making their own prayer flags!
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Exercise: Getting Involved by Pursuing Your Own Interests

Is there a local organization in your area that you would like to volunteer with, or is there some way that you can be of more service in your community? What organizations would you like to get involved with, and what is stopping you from pitching in and making more of a difference? There are millions of ways to get involved, and pursuing your own interests at the same time. The more you give of yourself, the more you receive.



Lisa Rueff is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher with an empowering style of yoga that inspires and enriches her students. She brings the roots of yoga alive in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways. She is founder and director of The Benefit, a fundraising company in the Bay Area that specializes in raising funds and fun for non-profit organizations and individuals in need of help. Lisa's global yoga retreats combined with her love of helping others provide her an opportunity to be of service to those less fortunate.  After the earthquake in Haiti, Lisa volunteered in Haiti and brought her joy, yoga and prayer flags deep into the heart of the tented cities.

Lisa Rueff

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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin, for Careerwell Tele-Interviews. Our guest speaker, Lisa Rueff, is a yoga teacher in my county.  I invited her to be a speaker today because a couple months ago she gave up the good life in Northern California to volunteer her time with the children in Haiti, orphaned by the earthquake, who live in tent cities.  When she returned, instead of talking about all the good that she did, she talked about what she learned from her students.  She is going to share her experience with us today.  Welcome Lisa. You asked listeners, "Is there a local organization in your area that you would like to volunteer with, or is there some way that you can be of more service in your community?" Perhaps your talk with inspire others to offer their services to their community or to the world community.

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Interview Questions

  1. What motivated you to go to Haiti?
  2. When did you go, how long did you stay?
  3. How did you make arrangements?
  4. Did you go with anyone else? a group?
  5. Did you have any hesitencies?
  6. What did you do to prepare for your trip?
  7. Did you take any precautions?  How did you know to take these precautions?
  8. How can listeners find out more about the group that sponsored you?
  9. What were the travel expenses?
  10. What did you do there?
  11. What did you learn?
  12. Would you do it again or some similar?
  13. Do you have any general thoughts on volunteering?
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Thank you Lisa, for sharing your learnings with us about what you learned from the Haitians. Listeners, stay tuned for upcoming July Tele-Interviews...


This is Dr. Sally Gelardin for Careerwell Tele-Interviews.
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