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.

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