Karen Dubbs Fisher '92 recently stared a new business: HaveHeart LLC, which offers individuals, families and groups an opportunity to participate in “volunteer vacations.”
Fisher's firm provides the coordination of international travel for cultural, educational, humanitarian and ecology-based experiences in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and México.
After graduating with her bachelor's in English, Fisher earned a master of social work degree in 1997 from Boston College and then spent nine years as a clinical social worker at the Southern Maine Dialysis Facility in Portland.
Fisher is married with two children and has been a resident of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, since 1997. She and her co-founder travel to every program location that HaveHeart offers to ensure that all experiences will be rewarding.
Volunteer vacations are set up primarily to serve, and to learn first-hand about the host community and its people. It is not simply an alternative to a standard vacation, but an opportunity to use your skills and interests in an unconventional setting to benefit others in a community that has requested your help. Groups sizes range between 10 and 20 persons, depending on the program selected; programs typically last one to two weeks. Extended stays may be pre-arranged.
Details are available by visiting the Web site, http://www.haveheart.net.