A shared value journey to unforgettable places alongside inspiring people. Don't just donate. Feed your soul!
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The Keipi Journey by FTF is a unique way to get profoundly involved in a good cause.
First Things Foundation is a U.S. 501c3 founded in 2013. We believe that relationships are the foundation of meaningful life and a better world-- The First Things. We demonstrate this belief by living humbly alongside locals in impoverished communities. Once there, we build self-sustaining Project Development Hubs that connect local visionaries to the resources they need.
Our work is a journey, and often that journey starts when we pair ourselves with selfless partners doing beautiful things. In Guatemala our work started at an Orthodox Christian orphanage. In Sierra Leone we work with Paradise 4 Kids and a man named Father Themistocles Adamopoulos. The suffering poor we serve inspire us and we think you'll be inspired too. So join us on a Keipi Journey. When you travel with us you get something cool, and so do we. You get an amazing trip with unforgettable experiences and incomparable sights; we get to grow our Project Development Hubs and earn income that allows us to concentrate on our service to the forgotten poor. A shared value donation. For more on us visit our website www.first-things.org.
Want to take the journey of a lifetime?
Step 1: Decide Where You Want to Go.
Here's a list of the unique places we are dedicated to in 2018.
Click on a the location name below and find out more about each journey.
February and November 2018 and 2019
The photo above is from our work in Momostenango. Thanks to Geena Pietromonaco, our media director
December 2018, April 2019, August 2019
The bald guy is FTF volunteer Joseph McDonald. This shot is from our site assessment in Havana. The woman on the left let us hold her falcon. So Cuba!
July 2018, April 2019, July 2019
That's Ryan, FTF co-founder, at a 10th century church in Georgia. Our work there will be with Orthodox Christian nuns. They serve the Armenian minority in Georgia.
November 2018, 2019
Doc Salsa just caught dinner! Sergio (a doctor) and Dan (an engineer) are FTF Field Workers in Sierra Leone. They work with Ebola orphans and disabled kids in a place called Waterloo.
Step 2: Check for Availability
After you find a journey that fits, you have three options. Contact us by phone (239-687-6469) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) or fill out our Journey Form by clicking here. Either way, we'll start a conversation and get you ready to go.
Step 3: Secure Your Spot
Now that we've got things going and we've confirmed there's room, we'll secure you a seat! This step includes a link to a private donation page that reserves your spot on the bus. PS: Our Keipi Journey prices are crazy fair because our trips are crazy vetted by our embedded field workers. We know the landscape, the people and the best prices! Plus, a portion of your trip can be deducted come tax time. Nice.
Step 4: Keipi Journey Coordinator Time
After you have chosen a trip and reserved a seat, our Keipi Journey Coordinator will work with our field teams to make sure you are ready to go. Things like insurance options, visas, flights and that travel bag come with questions. At this point you are First Things royalty; people who care about what we do, people we dearly want to take care of!
Step 5: Board the Plane
...and be received on the other end by our seasoned, bilingual field workers.
So, that's the process. It's easy. We are small and we care about the small things. Don't worry; we are all in this together. Our trips are simple and unpretentious. It's the whole reason we call it a Keipi Journey. Wait. Keipi! What's that mean anyway? Well, a Keipi means table in Georgian (Republic). It's commonly used to refer to a dinner. But this isn't just any dinner. The Keipi is a celebration of human love and the simple relationships that give us life. It's a celebration of hope. We'll throw one of these Keipi dinners on our trip. It's a must! You'll love it. It's part of the Keipi Journey! So go ahead and click, read, write and call. Your decision to go on this journey helps us do our mission. You travel; we serve the forgotten poor.
On behalf of the First Things Team, I thank you for your interest in our Keipi Journeys and your desire to serve the forgotten poor.
John Heers, Director