Jonathan Shanin

Greenville, South Carolina, United States

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  • International Philanthropy
  • 2 engineering degrees
  • From Chicago
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About Me


With A Clear Mind And An Open Heart Anything Is Possible


I love sharing adventures with wonderful people. In many cases these adventures are well off the beaten path. I continue to travel extensively both nationally and abroad.

6+ years ago I combined my career with my love of helping others and traveling. A few colleagues and I started a charity to help extraordinary people. People that have dedicated their lives to solving problems dealing with human rights, environmental devastation, community development, medical aid, and education.

We focus on the unsung heroes. Groups of individuals that are unable to fully achieve their mission due to a lack of public awareness and inadequate funding.

In 2014 our focus will continue to be helping provide medial aid to people in the Peruvian Amazon.

I am a former national team member in kayaking. I am still pushing to further my skills and experiences in sports; but competition is no longer my driving motivator. During the last few years I've hiked and kayaked throughout: Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Slovenia, Austria, Italy, and Germany.


Mantra; I continue to try to be true to the dreams of my youth.


Given only a few free hours I will spend them outside; kayaking, hiking, swimming, cycling, the list goes on and on.

Music, Movies, and Books

Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Buena Vista Social Club, Charlie Parker, David Allen Coe, Emmanuel Jal, Etta James, James Brown, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Maria Rita, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Old Crow Medicine Show, Paul Simon, R.L. Burnside, Sublime, The Allman Brothers Band, Willie Nelson

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I look forward to sharing stories when we meet

Teach, Learn, Share

Don’t pee while you are swimming in the Amazon or the candirú (also called the “dick fish”) can wreck your world :-)

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Peru, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Peru, United States

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