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"It's all about connection! Read about it in our own words, read our testimonials!"
~Teens!

From the Teens:

Harrison N. 20

“Lainie is not only a fantastic mother she is also one of the best teen mentors that I’ve met. While traveling with her through Japan I noticed how much respect all of the other teens had for her and how great she was with them. Through her mentorship I learned how to step out of my shell and later that summer I went to Europe all by myself and backpacked through the British isles, which is something that I was always too afraid to do. All I can say is your a lucky person if you get to have her as a mentor.”

Azra H. 17

“Have you ever been walking down a foreign road where you don’t speak the language, the map is like a puzzle to you and you just somehow keep ending up on the same twelve streets? Well, Lainie is that person that, no matter what language you speak, or what your shirt says, she’ll pull you over and make sure you find your nest. At least, on a more metaphorical matter, that’s how Lainie has always been with me. I first met Lainie in Thailand in October of 2018. I had just dropped out of my sophomore year of high school, and used every penny I could scrape up to travel, and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I opened up to Lainie and told her I have no idea what comes next for me and she said “that’s okay. You just broke out of a world that enclosed your spirit and flew to a whole other universe.” Now, i’m not sure if that’s word for word what she said, but you get the point. A few months back I started this mentorship with Lainie on self-growth. I won’t go into too much detail about what we’ve been working on, but a big core value that she has taught me during this mentorship that just happens to be in the middle of this crazy pandemic, is that it’s okay to sit back and evaluate yourself and to put yourself first. I’ve really been working on only really focusing on what is good for me in my life today, and in my future and I honestly can say, I wouldn’t have come as far in these 5 weeks we’ve been exploring myself together and I can’t to see what the next 7 weeks hold for us. I love Lainie as a crazy aunt who you know has your back through it all and i’m forever grateful for our friendship.”

Nova W. 17

“Lainie is the sweetest person I’ve ever met in my life. I’ve only personally been on one trip with her, but without her I don’t think I would have been able to open up as much. She is so comfortable to be around and easy to open up to. As someone who’s really shy I can say she got me to come out of my shell and be able to connect to those around me easily. And I’m sure so many others can say the same. She’s so fun, easy going and can relate to us all so we always had a good time. And whenever there was a problem we could easily go up to her and address the situation- she’s everyone’s travel mom and we all love her! So if you are someone that's similar to me and is seeking connection Lainie is absolutely the right person to come to!”

Miro S. 21

“This testimonial might be a bit biased as Lainie is my mom, but in a sense I was her guinea pig, so I’d like to share my experience from when I was a teenager with her here. Lainie Liberti has been so much more than a mom to me, often filling the roles of confidant, advocate, number-one fan and friend, when those were the things I needed most in my life. She always held a space for me in which I could see my own reflection, could dive deeper and learn more about myself. She showed me a version of myself that I couldn’t always see, the best version of me, not because she had the expectation that that was what I needed to be, but because she believed in me and my own personal development. Lainie showed me the blueprints to the many different types of people that I could become and filled my world with opportunity, and for that I am forever grateful.”

Riley D. 18

“I have known Lainie since 2017, she is one of the top people I would recommend if you are a teen wanting to travel, or looking for advice. She keeps it fun, interesting and safe. When I was traveling in Thailand with Lainie she was so caring and loving and always wanted to make sure we are having a great time. She has this special skill of being a parent but being a fun adventurous friend as well. I met Lainie at a worldschoolers summit and soon after that decided to go to Thailand with her. It was my first time traveling without family and I have to admit I was a little nervous but Lainie did a great job making me feel like there was a loving safety net always around me. I know my retreat with her changed me in ways I will always remember for the better. I’m super lucky to have done multiple summits and one retreat with her, she helped me open my eyes to the world.”

Reid R. 19

"Lainie Liberti is a dear friend and an amazingly charismatic individual, though travelling together on many occasions I have got to know her very well and witnessed how Lainie is able to connect with teens from all walks of life, including myself. Whilst travelling around the world I saw Lainie not only encourage the teens around her to step out of their comfort zone but often stepping out of her own comfort zone to empower others to take a leap of faith and do the same in order to grow together. Through kindness and empathy, Lainie fits in at ease with everyone and draws upon a plethora of knowledge accumulated from years of travelling alongside teens as well as life experience, not only to relate to teens but to use her skills to help and encourage those around her reach a better understanding of the world around them in order to journey forward, reach their goals and achieve some form of self-actualisation. Spending time with, and learning from Lainie's knowledge has taught me how to better connect with others, ponder the important questions and most importantly question everything."

Jaci A. 16

“One would never think that an adult could actually connect with teens on such a deep level. Well that is Lainie! I have known Lainie for over a year now, and she always seems to amaze me. I was very nervous when I first met her in Spain, but she greeted me with all smiles and a big warm hug. I have spent most of my time talking with adults, and I always felt as if they were looking down on me in a way because I am some 16-year-old kid with a big mouth. I have never ever felt that way with Lainie. This past March, I was a volunteer at one of her Project World School Family Summits. I lived with her basically on my own the entire week. Every night was spent playing cards and talking about life. I have never been a very goal driven person, but Lainie helped me make so many personal goals! I opened up to her as if she wasn’t an adult, but someone who would listen and give me advice. Lainie really tries to understand and see things from each teen’s perspective. I couldn’t pick a better woman to run this course.”

Sydney V. 21

“I met Lainie through her working with Project World School when I was 15 which is a formative time for any person, but especially for me. Having recently left traditional school for something more meaningful, I was new to the concept of having so much freedom. To paint an even clearer picture, I was a teenage girl from the American south who had never been out of her own little bubble. Then I found Lainie. Walking through a crowded airport to meet Lainie for the first time was one of the most nerve wracking experiences of my life! For the life of me I couldn’t remember why I ever decided to leave home to meet a complete stranger in a foreigner country. Then I was greeted at arrivals with an exuberant smile and a tight hug...and everything was okay again. My relationship with Lainie developed as she facilitated my exploration of parts of the world I never imagined visiting and gave me safe space to venture out of my comfort zone. She was there to guide me through irreplaceable experiences that changed my entire outlook on the world around me. Upon chatting with her, you realize what a unique individual Lainie is. She exudes a comfort and surety that immediately puts you at ease. She is passionate about youth empowerment and it’s clear that she is truly invested in the personal success of each person she meets. Her guidance and steadfast support through these last 6 years of my life gave me a renewed passion for life and learning that set me on my path to my current dream.”

Gianna C. 22

“The very first time I traveled out of the United States was also the very first time I was even in an airport, and I was going to be traveling to Mexico for one of Lainie’s retreats. I was incredibly nervous and debated not going on more than one occasion, but as soon as I arrived all of that went away! Lainie immediately made me feel at home in a place where I’d never been and didn’t even speak the language. Since then I’ve been on many trips with Lainie and I’ve learned so much from her, not only about travel but life in general. I’ve learned to question everything and consider all the variables. She’s taught me to take charge and be a stronger person than I was before. I consider her a friend and mentor and I truly can’t imagine what my life would be like if she’d never come into it, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunities she’s provided for me and many other teens/young adults.”

From the Parents of Teens:

Alejandra R. - Parent

“It's hard to put into words the profound effect Lainie has had on my son. From the very first skype interview to be accepted onto project world school my son clicked with Lainie and was full of excitement. He loved the way he was treated as an equally important human, not looked down on as a child. Over the last 4 years he has had many new awesome experiences with Lainie and the way she relates to teens and empowers them is so beautiful and natural. It is no doubt it's a hard few years, especially in today's world, having a person in your corner who gets you can transform outcomes for young people. I'm so happy that Lainie is there for young people as I know the difference she makes, every teen should have a Lainie!”

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