10 Good Questions with GoEco [Q&A]

Meet Mirele Mann, a placement coordinator at GoEco

May 14, 2015
Mirele Mann GoEco

Mirele Mann, hard at work organizing GoEco volunteering opportunities

In this 10 Good Questions interview, Goodnet speaks to Mirele Mann, a placement coordinator at GoEco. Founded by volunteers, for volunteers, GoEco is all about giving back to society. Mann takes great pleasure in organizing humanitarian and wildlife volunteer opportunities for volunteers around the world, especially when she gets to hear their inspiring success stories.

1. What is your organization’s mission?

GoEco's mission is to provide sustainable, earth-friendly humanitarian and wildlife volunteer opportunities for volunteers of all ages from all over the world. This could mean anything from saving sea turtles in Bali to building an eco-village from sustainable materials in the Israeli desert.

2. What makes you guys different from the rest?

We provide that personal touch to all of our prospective, current and former volunteers. Not only do we speak to almost every volunteer over the phone to get to know them and answer their questions prior to signing them up for a project, but we also are available 24/7 to hear about how current volunteers are enjoying their project, and even meet with some volunteers on the project site. Finally, after a volunteer returns from their trip, we check in to see what their experience was like.

The GoEco team volunteering at the Tel Aviv Animal Shelter in Israel.

The GoEco team volunteering at the Tel Aviv Animal Shelter in Israel.

3. Offices or open work space?

Open space!

4. What three words describe your organization?

Adventure, Impact, Teamwork


5. What inspires you?

Hearing about the incredible things our volunteers and the communities they work with achieve together. From the successful rehabilitation and release of a lion in Antelope Park, to volunteers in Nepal assisting with the earthquake relief efforts, we are always inspired by our volunteer success stories!

6. What is the best part about your job?

Reading and hearing from volunteers about their reasons for wanting to volunteer at a project. It's fascinating to hear their personal stories, future goals, and overall desire to help! It's also fun to match prospective volunteers with projects according to their interests, expertise, and preference.

GoEco volunteers visit the Taj Mahal in India.

GoEco volunteers visit the Taj Mahal in India.

7. Does your team eat lunch together?

Sure!


8. Facebook or Twitter?

Both! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

9. What do you want Goodnet users to know about your organization?

GoEco was founded by volunteers, for volunteers. The entire GoEco team knows what it means to donate your time and energy to a good cause, and we use that knowledge and experience to improve our own volunteers' journey, wherever it may be.

10. How can people get involved?

Check out our volunteer projects online at www.goeco.org or email us at goeco@goeco.org.

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