Go Eat Give – connecting people through service, education and travel
The mission of Go Eat Give is to cultivate cross-cultural connection through service, community education and international travel. Sucheta Rawal is the founder of this this impressive Atlanta-based non-profit and I had the pleasure of connecting with her recently about her background and perspectives.
1. You have such a diverse background from business consultant to the many hats you wear now including Food & Travel writer, author, cooking instructor and founder of Go Eat Give. Would you share a bit about yourself and your journey to Go Eat Give?
If you ask me “what are your hobbies?” I would answer, cooking, reading, writing & traveling. I basically made a career out of all my hobbies & am living the dream! It really evolved over time with no particular intention. I got a masters in Finance, went to work in Investment Banking & thought that’s what I would do for the rest of my life. But the job allowed me the means to travel, & I have been writing about food since I was in college. Soon, I made a transition into consulting/ contracting & started doing more of what I love to do.
2. Please tell us a bit more about Go Eat Give and your vision for the organization
Go Eat Give was meant to be a blog about my travels & culinary discoveries. It was a few months into it, when my readers made me realize that there was a greater need to have a more organized way of traveling meaningfully. So I incorporated it as a nonprofit organization with a mission to raise cultural & diversity awareness through food, travel & community service. We organize destination themed dinners, cooking classes with native chefs, cultural & volunteer tours across the globe, speaker series to discuss important issues & still have the blog with over 600 posts.
My vision is to expand the reach of Go Eat Give to other cities in the US. We get many messages from people everything saying that they would love to attend Go Eat Give’s programs in the area, because they are so fun, educational & allow them to discover ethnic communities in their own backyards. We are looking for strong leaders & volunteers to come forth & help us spread this.
3. I know you have been planning a lot of great things for the future. What do travelers, readers, culture and cooking enthusiasts have to look forward to this year?
It’s been a busy 6 years for us, with over 70 events attended by few thousand people! We are recalibrating in 2017 to do fewer, but larger events in Atlanta, as well as other cities.
We are adding trips to Mongolia, Israel & Tanzania this year, along with Cuba, Indonesia, & India which is already on the books. Look for short 3-5 day retreats within the US as well. Also, we are going to focus on group travel Go Eat Give style, accepting small group reservations (5-10 people), rather than single individuals. This would allow us to focus more on our core mission, as well as raise more funds for the grassroots organizations we support globally.
4. Where can we learn more about Go Eat Give initiatives and upcoming events?
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