JEB Stuart High School Welcomes
Author, The Voluntourist: A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem
The Voluntourist a remarkable memoir about losing your father, accepting your fate, and finding your destiny by volunteering around the world for numerous worthy causes: Hurricane Katrina disaster relief in New Orleans, helping special needs children in China, studying climate change in Ecuador, lending a hand—and a heart—at a Palestinian refugee camp in the Middle East, to name but a few. Ken Budd's emotional journey is as inspiring and affecting as those chronicled in Little Princes and Three Cups of Tea. At once a true story of powerful family bonds, of sacrifice, of self-discovery, The Voluntourist is an all-too-human, real-life hero whom you will not soon forget.
Reviews & Praise:
• North American Travel Journalists Association annual awards, gold prize, 2013
• Nautilus Book Awards, silver, 2013
• Nominated for the 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Awards
• Named one of nine essential books to read before volunteering abroad by GoOverseas.com
• “It’s like Mother Theresa meets Groucho Marx.” – WCSS-AM, Albany, NYABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ken Budd has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Huffington Post, McSweeney’s, and many more publications. He has made nearly 100 appearances on TV and radio, including NBC’s Today, CBS This Morning, ABC News Now, CBS’s The Early Show, and Martha Stewart Living Radio. After volunteering in New Orleans and Costa Rica, Ken worked in four countries in nine months—China, Ecuador, Palestine, Kenya—for his memoir, The Voluntourist. Ken lives in Burke, VA and is a graduate of George Mason University. You can follow Ken on Twitter—@VoluntouristKen .