Pilot Program in India
After returning from her 6-month around-the-world “Adventure of Hope,” where she explored the model of healing through international volunteerism, Terri set to work creating the non-profit that would become A Fresh Chapter. In February 2013, she launched a pilot program, in New Delhi, India. Terri journeyed to India with 12 participants and filmmaker Mark Halliday, in partnership with Cross-Cultural Solutions, to test the concept of international volunteering as a way to help those impacted by cancer redefine their lives.
Based on the success of the pilot program, Terri created A Fresh Chapter as a non-profit and continued to run programs in India for several years. She then expanded to South Africa in 2015, the site of her own initial volunteer experience. In 2016, new programs were added in the United States and Peru – including A Fresh Chapter’s first partnered program with Eli Lilly & Company. In addition, the Odyssey Framework was introduced to provide extensive tools, resources, and support to participants before and after the volunteer travel experience. Most recently, the program has expanded its global footprint with the addition of Costa Rica as a volunteer destination.