Organization: UCLA Semel Institute Global Center for Children and Families
Global Buddies brings traveling families to communities usually left out of the tourism industry, providing a platform for visitors and locals to forge authentic personal connections. Local communities host 2-week programs of mutual discovery that include service projects, educational activities within the community, and joint expeditions to key heritage sites. Through shared experiences, visitors and locals alike develop a global identity. Current programs operate in South Africa and Uganda; expanding to China and Cambodia in 2010.
Global Buddies uses travel as a vehicle to bring together families and children around the world to create a better future for all. We provide opportunities for families with children ages 7-17 to travel to countries in Africa and Asia for an intensive cultural exchange and joint service program with families from the host community. In this way we strengthen families and communities, inspire lifelong global citizens, and build the next generation of leaders.
The Family Coaching Clinics offer a new model of preventive mental health care for children and families: targeted, action-oriented education and coaching to help families with children from infancy to adolescence address common childhood issues for which little support is currently available. Clearly defined services are offered in an accessible retail environment to make mental health care readily available to families before simple problems become more serious.