- Destiny Yarbro
The EFY for young humanitarians and travelers >>
Do you know there is an EFY program for young travelers and humanitarians?
Awesome, right? It's called Humanitarian EFY (HEFY) and my brother, Hyram, saved up and went to two programs during high school. The first trip was to Tonga & Fiji and the second trip was to Cape Verde in Africa. Scroll down to the end to read more about Hyram's incredible experiences.
HEFY is for teens who:
Want to make a difference by doing humanitarian work.
Enjoy travel and experiencing new places, cultures, and members of the Church.
Willing to work hard. (As in laboring in the sun, rain, dirt, and mud to build schools or homes around 40 hours/week while also spending time with the community in the evenings.)
Active members of their local congregations or willing to abide by LDS standards.
Want to earn their way to max their experience.
HEFY EXPEDITION DETAILS:
You can choose where you will go from the following destinations:
Depending on where you are going, the programs cost between $2,300 and $3,500.
LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH EXPEDITION HERE >>
Check out HEFY's purpose:
[This description is taken directly from www.HEFY.org]
Changing Lives Through Service.
HEFY offers an amazing summer program focused on spiritual growth and development for LDS teens ages 16-19. HEFY takes participants to poverty-stricken areas of the world to build classrooms, homes, orphanages, health clinics, and other beneficial facilities. These summer expeditions offer teens a mission-like experience as they spend each day serving local people and participating in church and cultural activities.
[Hyram in Cape Verde. Photo from his personal files.]
DOES HYRAM FEEL HEFY WAS WORTH THE COST?
[I can only tell you what I observed as Hyram did HEFY, but watch the video below to see a glimpse of what Hyram felt about his trip.]
Hyram has always been a good kid with the tenacity to do ANYTHING. But to be honest, initially Hyram went on HEFY because he had always wanted to travel and this was the only program my parents felt comfortable enough with.
[The day Hyram received his shirt. It was a BIG day. :)]
But the changes that occurred in his life because of HEFY started, interestingly enough, before he even left for the trip.
My parents, of course, made it clear to Hyram that he could do this trip IF he earned all the money himself, knowing he would appreciate it more if he was invested in the trip. He worked multiple jobs for over a year while going to high school - saving every penny towards "Fiji and Tonga" - and we were all so proud of his determination to make this happen. As he got nearer to the trip, he realized that he just wouldn't have enough money. Some miraculous donations came together at the last minute as an answer to prayers and he left, excited to finally 'travel the world'.
All of us at home were excited for him, but also nervous about the work schedule and demands once he arrived and the hype died down.
[One of my most favorite pictures of Hyram EVER! Photo from his personal files.]
When Hyram returned, we were amazed to see how much he had grown. We found out that not only had Hyram worked incredibly hard while he was there, he had spent nearly all of his time with the people and had come to love them more than we thought possible after a only few weeks.
For Hyram, this trip became the foundation for his life. The next year he went to Cape Verde with HEFY. He is now at BYU-Hawaii, studying to become a lifelong humanitarian. And this is DIRECTLY as a result of his HEFY experience.
[Hyram on his recent trip to Vanuatu. Photo from his personal files.]
When Hyram graduated from high school, he put together this presentation for the end of their talent show. He wanted to do something that would help Millennials see their potential. Afterwards, he had so many people coming up that had been touched and now wanting to know how they could start making a difference. He shares about his two HEFY experiences:
This program has been incredibly impactful for Hyram and so many other youth. It may sound like I'm selling the program to get a commission or something - I'm not - I just can't help but want to share this program with everyone after the experiences my brother had.
Visit www.HEFY.org to get program details, office hours, phone numbers, etc >>
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