Sam Gray – Peace Corps Volunteer out of Boulder, Colorado

Sam Gray feels like a native of Boulder, Colorado even though he’s a transplant. Since moving there in part to attend Colorado University, Gray has immersed himself in the charitable community there. Gray has volunteered for several causes around town and soon after he graduated from Colorado University with degrees in Economics and International Affairs, he went to work with the Peace Corps to spread his spirit of compassion and giving. Gray graduated in 2013, since then, he has been working with other Peace Corps volunteers in the Dominican Republic on starting a kayak tours business in the remote area near Laguna Limon.

Sam Gray brought the same passion he showed for his work and studies in Boulder, Colorado to the Dominican Republic with him. Gray and his team quickly helped the local villagers set up the business with very little startup money. They got the kayaks for low prices and trained several local fishermen to be guides for tourists visiting their sleeping hamlet. The business so far has attracted many clients who want to see Laguna Limon’s wildlife and spectacular views. The guides and the entire community make money from the growing tourist sector in the country as a whole, as well as add a new dimension to their local economy.

Sam Gray wanted to use his training that he received at Colorado University in Boulder, Colorado to do some compassionate and charitable work in the world. He has experience helping people in need. Gray has traveled to Chicago with a church group to help people struggling with homelessness and poverty there. He has also traveled to New Orleans directly after Hurricane Katrina swept through the area. He helped people devastated by the hurricane and the flooding to rebuild their homes and businesses. Wherever he is needed, Gray wants to be there to help others. His extensive experience helping people on church trips made him the ideal candidate to become a Peace Corps volunteer.

Sam Gray Boulder Colorado is developing the kind of experience that could be very useful in his career and in helping others in the future with his work in the Dominican Republic. He has grown close to the community and hopes that his continued efforts to promote the kayak tour business there will lead to better economic opportunities for the small community near Laguna Limon. Gray has already given the community there many tools to create a more robust, self-sustaining local economy.

Sam Gray – Boulder, Colorado Peace Corps Volunteer

Sam Gray joined the Peace Corps after graduating from Colorado University in Boulder, Colorado in 2013. Gray wanted to major in two subjects, Economics and International Affairs, because he felt that he could do the most good in the world with a background in those areas. Gray has volunteered with his church to travel on missions of mercy throughout the United States in the past, including trips to Chicago and New Orleans. Gray loves to go where he is most needed. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Gray joined a church group that traveled to New Orleans and helped rebuild homes and businesses of people who had lost everything in the tragic storm. Gray also worked with inner-city families in Chicago dealing with depressed economic circumstances and violence in their communities.

Sam Gray left his comfortable life in Boulder, Colorado after graduating from Colorado University to use his Economics and International Affairs degrees in a place that could use his help. He joined the Peace Corps because he wanted help others and travel the world while he did it. Gray believes that travel has expanded his perspective. By putting himself in contact with people of all faiths and communities, he has learned about how to care for others and how to put others first, principles that were handed down to him from his parents over the years.

Sam Gray traveled to the Dominican Republic from Boulder, Colorado with the Peace Corps. There, he and his team started developing a kayak touring business based near the remote Laguna Limon, home to many species of fish, birds, and other wildlife and adjacent to a small fishing village. Gray not only wanted to explore the rich, natural area with the locals and his friends, he wanted the local community to benefit from his work. He and his team believe that the new business will provide new opportunities for local fishermen and business owners, who can work as guides for tourists exploring the area by kayak. The business provides an excellent service to the growing tourism industry, it will also help the local community bring in more money and capitalize on the Dominican tourism industry as a whole.

Sam Gray has lived in the Dominican Republic since joining the Peace Corps shortly after graduating from Colorado University in Boulder, Colorado. His efforts have already created new opportunities for the locals they never thought they could have.