Who is John Connell?

I know who John Connell is because I worked for him in Bolivia as a volunteer. John is a man who came to Bolivia while he was still a teenager and then – basically – never left. Originally heralding from the United States he has held on to a lot of his American heritage. Most notably his BMX (jump to 01:35 of this video) and his American accent. If you want to read one version of his story go here.

In a nutshell John set up Performing Life when he was 18 years old. He has been doing it ever since. For the last seven years. I really liked working with John for a lot of reasons. One of them is that he has few limitations in life. When I was 18 years old I was wondering if I was even employable and here is this guy learning to speak Spanish in a foreign country and figuring out a way to help at-risk youth. These days we – Sarah and I – speak to John every month on Skype to cover off what is happening with Performing Life and see how he is managing the Quillacollo Project.

Who is John Connell? John is the CEO of our beneficiary project, Performing Life.


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