His twenty-year marriage was floundering. His two teenage kids were lost in cyberspace most of the time. He felt disconnected from his work, his family, his life. Which is when he had an idea: Let's volunteer our way around the world. John Marshall had read about the growth of voluntourism, and frankly, it was the only kind of extended trip he could afford. He'd heard that some peoples' lives were changed by a week of overseas service-what might half a year accomplish for his family? His wife Traca was all in favor of it; his kids, especially his 14-year-old daughter, were strongly opposed. WIDE-OPEN WORLD is the totally engaging, bluntly honest story of the Marshall family's life-changing adventure: six months of world travel, volunteering their way from Costa Rica to New Zealand to East Asia, how it went and what it led to. As Marshall discovered, he and his family did not change the world; the world changed them.
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"John Marshall and his wife leave their jobs and house in Maine and, with their two teenagers, take six months to travel and volunteer around the world. MarshallÕs performance is accessible and self-effacing. The familyÕs life-changing experience has a rough start. The first stop is a wildlife sanctuary in Costa Rica where Marshall gets bitten by monkeys so often that he refuses to go outside. But things improve. MarshallÕs rendition of the Thai children running around screaming ÒforeignerÓ in Thai because theyÕve never seen one before is hysterical. Most heartwarming is MarshallÕs experience in an Indian orphanage, where the children call him ÒuncleÓ and put down stones so he never needs to walk in the mud. The singsong Indian accent the author adopts for those children is both adorable and renders his love for them. A.B. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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