Two years ago I fell in love with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters! The company believes strongly in Social Responsibility and not only proudly announces this to the world but takes action. I took time to learn about the many non-profits GMCR supports and became inspired!
But finding my way to this wonderful coffee company, so close to my own home would take time to make the connection with GMCR. In January 2010 I had just boldly and bravely taught a Kids Share program with volunteers in a very rural coffee community. We found ourselves traveling to San Ramon, El Roblar, Nicaragua living on a primitive and very rural family coffee farm for three weeks. This would not only be a life changing experience for me but the inspiration to see the importance of Coffee, Kids and Cross Cultural Sharing.
GMCR supports many great causes from women’s health to food security. In a quick and simple program I wanted to focus on the kids and how to reach them by making fun connections with children and adults living in the Americas. How could I help bridge cultures through coffee? With the help of Partners of the Amiercas, my parent organization, the focus is making this happen through the Arts, Writing and Environmental Exploration by using technology.
This January I have been invited to teach a fun two day program with Winston Rost, Farmer Relations Manager for GMCR and Source Employees in Costa Rica. We will be visiting in the communities of Doka, La Hilda, BES, Las Lajas an organic “honey process” coffee farm and Cafe Altura de San Ramon.
I am super excited to be on this upcoming adventure with the GMCR source employees who are being awarded this trip as outstanding employees! Please see the pdf presentation of Kids Share two hour program to learn more. KSW-GMCR 5MIN Presentation (webinar)
Kristina Applegate Lutes, Founder & Program Director
Arnoldo Juan Lizano, Coffee Trader with The Coffee Source (LIST)