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I am my business

Hello from LifExchange.  I am Shari – owner, operator, marketer and inspired entrepreneur.  I was recently told that my blogs, newsletters, etc were not personal enough.  I am my business.  I love to travel and it has changed my life!  I woke up one day in a job that did not move me and my wonderful husband said enough, it is time to open your own company.  After a bit of laughing and shaking my head I realized he was serious.

In Ghana
In Thailand

I have traveled to Peru, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Ireland, England, Germany, Turkey, Ghana, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Thailand, South Korea, China, Spain, Morocco, Israel and a few other places in my life’s journey.  He was right, why not help others find their dreams, passion and inner self the way I did.  So LifExchange was born and 1 year later here I am.

In our first year we had 115 students from 8 countries come to the US to Work and Travel.  We have signed-up our first American to go overseas with a company who has hosted over 5,000 Americans and the possibilities for what is next is endless.  But I guess the real question is why.  Why do I believe everyone and I mean everyone needs to travel abroad?

I think there is a sense of both self and community at a global level that is only found with international travel.  For me that “self and community” opened a world of love, laughter, and fun along with a deeper understanding of peace, humanity and the importance of the common good of others.

My plan is to write a series of short blogs sharing how I came to feel this way and some of the experiences that taught me these life lessons.  However I do not want to end my first personal post here so let me share one trick of international long flight travel that has worked for me.

My philosophy on flying.  Any flight no matter how far is just a matter of scheduling like any day in your life and it can fly by.  Example – a 14-hour flight to China may be ¼ a book, 8 hours sleep, a 2 hour movie and then another ¼ a book – presto – I am in my destination.  A 9 hour flight to Brazil – one hour reading, 2 two hour movies, a 1 hours nap, 1 hour for food, bathroom and drink breaks, and 2 more hours of reading.  So simple, the day fly’s by and I am at my destination (no pun intended).  You need to be sure if the flight you have booked does not have personal movies on demand that you buy a cd player and some movies to bring with you.  This is key.  I plan all flights like a day I would schedule for business.  Like life my schedules are flexible and open to change but as a planner this helps me pass the time quickly.  Oh, I almost forgot the one exception.  And this is BIG.  Speak to your neighbor!!!!  It is not planned but you may end up next to the most interesting person, a local to give you advice, a new friend to explore with or a random contact that you find yourself calling for a job 5 years later or the most fascinating conversation you could imagine.  Then again if you have the other kind, you know who I mean, you will be glad you have that movie on hand.  Here is the deal, you never know who is just next door.   Take the time to start your international experience on the flight.  Because this is where your travels begin.

Till next time,

Jim and I in Israel


Volunteer this Christmas in Jamaica

During the month of December, Jamaica Volunteer Vacations invite customers, partners and friends to come to Jamaica and work with to put a smile on the faces of orphaned and underprivileged children.

Getaway to warm Jamaica this December and make a child smile for Christmas.

Sample a new travel experience to Jamaica and be apart of the Christmas Volunteer Getaway team!
Christmas is a special time of the year when children who live in Orphanages and other government operated institutions feel more vulnerable and lonely. Because we know it is a difficult time of the year, we try harder to make it special.
Here’s how to get involved: Join the Jamaica Volunteer Vacations team by booking the package below for any of the dates listed. You can volunteer with children before Christmas or you can come after Christmas and ring in the New Year with us. For several days we will host a selected number of children at Smokey Manor Guest House and give them a Christmas Dinner to remember.
The Orphanage will select a number of children to attend based on a merit system. These children will be served and feted by volunteers. Games, dance contests and other fun activities will be organized. This is a day the children will treasure forever and tuck away in their hearts for the tough times. Join us and be a part of this life changing experience.
You can help us make this event become a success by joining our Facebook community and spreading the word to your own Facebook,Twitter and LinkedIn network.
If you can’t make it to Jamaica to this volunteer project, you can still help by donating funds to offset the cost of the Christmas treats and presents.

Donate Now by going here:

For more information, please call LifExchange at 718-606-1892 or email Travl@LifExchangellc.com

Getaway Jamaica Christmas Volunteer Highlights Include:

• Volunteer at a Children’s Home 3-5 days.
• Airport Transfers & Return … We personally welcome you to Jamaica
• 5 Nights or 7 Nights Accommodation… attractive and elegantly decorated rooms
(Double Occupancy)
• Breakfast & Dinner…Mouth watering food you’ll talk about
• Transfer to volunteer project daily
• Treat for children
• Optional Tour to Portland: the most beautiful place where movie stars go

For additional details or to sign up click here.

What’s new this September

LifExchange Campus announced two new programs this month, Alternate Spring Break to Jamaica and our Campus Rep program.

Campus Reps –

Are Individuals and Student Organizations

  • Earn a free trip
  • Earn Cash
  • Fundraise for your organization
  • Build your resume

Whether you want to organize a trip for your group of friends or the entire school, LifExchange can help you make it a reality. Campus Reps sell one of our two programs:

For more information or to APPLY NOW click here

We want to help you reach your personal goals while you learn valuable skills to help prepare you for your future. The LifExchange Campus Rep program is challenging, rewarding and most of all, fun.


Alternate Spring Break in Jamaica

Jamaica is an incredible island, idyllic in all its indigenous beauty but astonishingly poor beyond beachy tourist paradises. LifExchange and Volunteer Jamaica team up to provide you an opportunity to explore a new country, visit the beaches and hike the Dunn’s river waterfalls as well as make a difference in the life of a child. Volunteer teaching english, reading, math or sports in the primary school or help with homework and recreational activities at the SOS children’s orphanage.

Find more information here.