Phodographer Carolyn Lane in Ambergris Caye, Belize, September 2010
Dog Meets World offers an easy and truly fun way to connect with the locals while traveling. Heading to Belize to scuba dive the famous barrier reef, I contacted the owner of our hotel and described the photo project. Midweek during our stay she directed me to a community in need on the island and even provided use of a golf cart and donated the time of one of her young staff to serve as guide and “introducer”. While the undersea panorama was outstanding, spending a day in neighborhoods off the tourist beat let us see so much more. Our experience of Belize was totally enhanced and enriched by our people-to-people interactions and connections. It was especially fun when the young man pictured above came out with his puppy to pose with DMW mascot Foto, the pup!
Phodographer Austin Lane on Ambergris Caye, Belize, September 2010
What a great time watching the printer and sharing with moments with the kids! Note how the student is trying to show off the heart and peace sign on Foto’s paws!
Co-founders Carolyn and Austin Lane (shown) visited Holy Cross School on the north island San Mateo area of Ambergris Caye in Belize. Missionaries Francis and Vernon Wilson described the incredible growth of the volunteer built and equipped island school now serving over 500 students in just 4 years.
Francis emailed….Thank you so very much for sharing your time, talents and treasure (smile!) at Holy Cross. I happened to be near as the little ones were going home that day. They were soooooo excited showing off their photos to mom/dad/grannie/whoever!! Everyone loved the work you did!
Phodographers Carolyn and Austin Lane in San Pedro, Belize, Sept. 2010
What could be more fun than volunteering to take school pictures while on vacation. It’s hard to imagine that all school kids don’t get pictures. We photographed 6 classes highlighting the children against the backdrop of the pretty mangroves and water. Dog Meets World donated a printer and supplies so all the students could be given their pictures!
Add Dog Meets World to your holiday plans, seek an area of need and connect cultures easily!
Phodographer DMW Founder Carolyn Lane on Ambergris Caye, Belize, Sept. 2010
While on holiday in Belize, I rode around in a golf cart—the MAJOR form of transportation on Ambergris Caye near San Pedro. With the help of local high school student Maverick Aguilar we randomly stopped and printed up personal pictures in the government housing area of town. This mom was super pleased to have first pictures of her children, including her new born. Maverick had never done a charity activity like Dog Meets World and exclaimed with joy “I love this job!”. Connect cultures and become a phodographer.
Phodographer Carolyn Lane in San Pedro, Belize, September 2010
Belize is well know for it’s extraordinary barrier reef. See Foto, the mascot enjoying the undersea panorama. At 185 miles it’s the longest barrier reef next to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Dog Meets Worldco-founders Carolyn and Austin Lane combined a scuba diving vacation with DMW activities. With the help and the advice of the Banana Beach staff on Ambergris Caye, we practiced Take & Give Photography! These teens loved their pictures. Anyone can add DMW to vacation time to really interact with locals!
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Praise for DMW
"Participating in Dog Meets World was a truly magical experience, bringing joy and wonderment to all I met."
John Carr, Phodographer across South America
"Dog Meets World unleashes the power of photography as a diplomatic and personal tool in building connections among the people of the world. It embeds a memory in photographer and subject alike."
Prof. Patrick Fleming, Fulbright scholar & Phodographer Cambodia & Kyrgzystan
"You will never know just how important that photo will be long after it is taken and given."
Delores Barr Weaver, co-owner Jacksonville Jaguars
"Dog Meets World went over fabulously in my village. It is a perfect option for Peace Corps volunteers like myself. I like the Foto dog mascot, kids like it, and it is a representation of the peace and the ideas of the project."
Kristen Woodruff, Phodographer Costa Rica
"The kids are absolutely loving Dog Meets World. For a majority, these were the first images of themselves that they have ever owned."
Marti Johnson, Phodographer Uganda