Have you been wondering what you are going to do with all that spare time you are going to have in July and August this year? Are you looking to do something that is fun,meet new people, and participate in something that is deeply fulfilling? Do you want to improve someone else’s life and find out that yours will be changed in the process? Why not join us on a Hero Holiday–IT’S NOT TOO LATE!We would love to have you join us this summer in either Dominican Republic July 16-27 or Mexico on August 2-12 or 16-30. To help make the decision easier, we have even extended the deadline for the the Dominican Republic (July 16th-27th trip) to May 1, 2008. YOU STILL HAVE TIME!Deadline for all Mexico applications is April 30, 2008.Apply Here!
Looking for something to do next year? Not quite prepared for university but ready to move on? Why not consider joining our School of Leadership for a year: change the world and get changed in the process! LiveDifferent (formerly Absolute)’s School of Leadership is a one-year alternative education program that allows you to travel all over Canada, study topics such as cultural diversity and religions of the world, live in Mexico for a semester, and have the time of your life!Hey! My name is Andie, and I primarily joined the School of Leadership as an ‘intermission’ between high school and university. Little did I know all the opportunities that awaited me in this program! I just finished touring all over Western Canada, giving motivational assemblies in high schools, where we have been addressing relevant issues such as self worth, depression, and violence, as well as challenging students to be agents of change and to take up the cause of social justice.I never imagined myself living on a pimpin’ tour bus and speaking to peers my age about a topic I cared so much about! It was an incredibly unique and life-changing experience that allowed me to connect with other teens from all sorts of backgrounds and situations. I wouldn’t give it up for the world. I am now living in Baja, Mexico for four months, immersed in a completely different culture. While here, I am studying social justice courses, volunteering around the community, building houses and community centers for families, and helping with the Hero Holiday humanitarian trips. It is incredible to have an opportunity like this where I am surrounded by such a rich and diverse culture.LiveDifferent (formerly Absolute)’s School of Leadership has handed me so many awesome experiences, given me insight to a world outside of our own, and helped me to grow and mature so much in the past year. I am so stoked to be part of it and I invite you to experience it for yourself! Through what I have learned this year,the people I have met and friendships I have developed, and the lives that I have touched, I now realize something powerful: like Mahahtma Ghandi once said, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world”!
Since our last newsletter, LiveDifferent (formerly Absolute) and Hero Holiday have been making tracks all over the world! We have completed six Hero Holidays in both Mexico and Thailand, our high school teams have spoken to approximately 45,000 students across Canada in over 50 high school shows, and our new book release: One, A Face Behind the Numbers is now available in bookstores and online through Amazon and Chapters!We are excited to continue in 2008, with a focused goal of reaching more high school students with a message of purpose and hope through our school presentations and Hero Holiday opportunities. We will continue to work with schools and communities to see change happen in our world, and to provide the opportunities for students and adults to get involved in the process.Currently on our road teams we have two awesome bands that we have grown to love! All Left Out, from Hamilton, New Zealand, and The Goodbye Celebration, from Burlington, Ontario. Our teams are stacked with volunteers and staff who are passionate about reaching high school students and about making a difference. Our presentation continues to get consistent feedback about how much it is appreciated, needed, and wanted.Thanks for all your support and for partnering with us to move forward!