About Us

Diane Laughter and Gerard Rousseau took a break from their hectic American life in 2013 to embark on an seven month adventure in Southern India and Northern Thailand to live, learn and find ways to be useful. Since they met and had shared several years together in Togo, West Africa in the 80’s (she working as a Peace Corps Volunteer and then as a USAID Consultant in a Wells and Sanitation Project, and he as a high school math teacher and then as an engineer in the same project), they were both itching to set out again for exotic lands.

In both India and Thailand they were within reach of their older daughter, Amelie, who was then living and working on natural/organic farms with educational programs.  It was a gift to share adventures, new friends and projects with her.

What they saw in their stays and travels was an impressive number of young people from everywhere (US, Canada, Europe, Israel, Asia, and more) traveling throughout the world, volunteering on farms and with other organizations, seeking new ways to live and to interact with the world outside of their own countries and with a strong desire to live in balance with nature. Diane and Gerard both know firsthand how the experience of living in a different culture can be life-changing and they want to be a part of making that happen for a growing number of young people.

After some months in Portland, Oregon helping Diane’s mother downsize and sell her house, they set off again November 2013 to explore Central America, this time with younger daughter, Brett, and her boyfriend, Nathan Page. The two of them were recently featured in Pacific Lutheran University’s PLU News.

Three months spent in Costa Rica working as volunteers gave the foursome a great behind-the-scenes look  at how organizations are managing themselves and their volunteers and educational programs.  It is fun and easy to dream of how it could be.  Now it is time to launch their own project.  Stay tuned.





8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patricia Ann Glasgow Gruher
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 20:52:20

    So glad to hear from you. Life in India sounds exciting, different, and proceeding at a much different place from the US. Please post a photo of you in your new clothes. I’m sure that you look very stylish as always.
    Pat and John


  2. Eric Lepire
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 22:44:15

    You guys rock! Thank you soo much for blogging. I look forward to reading about your adventures and learning a few things about India, Thailand and ‘the beyond’ as you mentioned. Take care and God Bless. -e


  3. Cliff Hillebrandt
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 02:01:47

    Love reading the updates on your lives in India. Gerards solar work sounds particularly interesting. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you.


  4. Olivier Rémondière
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 18:07:02

    Un petit bonjour en français pour que vous conserviez votre niveau dans la langue de Molière. Ce blog est une très bonne idée pour nous laisser imaginer votre nouvelle vie. J’espère que vous pourrez le continuer en Thaïlande. Olivier de Toulouse.


  5. Danielle Lawrence
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 17:59:15

    Diane – I left my reply on theAuroville page – I didn’t think to write it here – oh well.


  6. Robb Hutson
    May 14, 2013 @ 14:34:52

    This looks like an amazing experience. I am very jealous! I would love to take an adventure like yours. Enjoy it for all of us and please keep sharing your experiences. This is simply fantastic.


  7. Francine FLATTARD
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 16:32:56

    Bonjour Diane et Gérard. Toujours heureux de vous suivre dans vos périgrinations. Nous, plus modestement , repartons bientôt pour Pondichéry afin de rencontrer les 140 enfants parrainés et de booster l’atelier. Depuis votre départ le computer center pour les enfants fonctionne. Pour le plus grand bonheur des jeunes(http://pondypatch.chez-alice.fr/) bien amicalement Jean-Paul et Francine


  8. Sandy Hillebrandt
    Oct 18, 2014 @ 01:35:12

    So interesting and worth while. You two are so adventuresome and have wonderful dreams for good work. It’s fun for us to read your blogs and we wish your mom well.


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