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10 Billion Lives Tour – Looking for New Friends


2 months ago Grace Reuter and I applied for the Tour Operator position at 10 Billion Lives, a movement organized by F.A.R.M. to inform people across the nation of the importance of reducing meat consumption. While I was intrigued by the position, I never imagined actually getting the job. I volunteer regularly with programs, such as Habitat for Humanity, All Hands, and at work exchanges around the world, but I do not have recent activism or nonprofit experience. Grace, a fairly recent college grad, was in the same boat. However, Todd Lee and Ryan Frazier, have faith in us to bring the wonders of a plant-based lifestyle to college campuses across the Southwest. In two days we begin a week of training, based in San Jose, and after that we hit the road in the 10 Billion Lives camper van, traveling up, down, and around California.

Grace and Jen, 10 Billion Lives’ Spring 2017 Southwest Tour Operators

We are looking for places to stay as we move about.

Know someone in CA with a spare room, couch, or even just a parking space?

We don’t need much. We can sleep in our camper van, but having access to a bathroom, and maybe a kitchen, would be sweet!

How can you help us?

Offer to put us up for a night, or two, or three… or put us in touch with someone that may be willing!

What can we offer in exchange?

Although we are working pretty full days – rise and shine at 7 or 8a to load up the van and hit a campus – and returning home around 4-5p, we are glad to help in what ways we can.

Organizing a friend’s apartment

Organizing your apartment.

Taking care of your pets

Caring for your pets

Preparing you, or your loved pets, something delicious and vegan to eat

Vegan baked goods!

Or suggest some other arrangement.


I’d love to interview some of our hosts to learn about their motivation for hosting us – whether it’s a shared love of animals, an interest in helping non-profit workers, etc. Tell me about yourself, your life, your hobbies, your business, and I’ll be glad to feature you in an interview series for my blog.

So come shake a leg and offer to host us, or learn how you can volunteer with 10 Billion Lives and discover how you can be a part of a movement improving farm practices, animal lives, sustainable and environmental practices, and the health of your community!

Curious about who you would be hosting?  Check out my workaway guest and host profiles – in which I have hosted or volunteered in a work exchange position over the last few years. You’ll see I love sharing my home with others and sharing my skills and time helping others in their homes.

Email me with questions or interest – jliepin@gmail.com

F.A.R.M. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that, “advocates for animals through massive eye-opening public awareness initiatives, cutting-edge grassroots campaigns, and movement-building programs that nurture both aspiring vegans and budding activists. We believe in the inherent worth of animals and in preventing animal cruelty, protecting the environment, and safeguarding public health.”