Though what follows does combine a few of my favorite things: meeting people from around the world and non-profit, social-justice work for change, it also involves football (soccer) and beer.
I've begun a job casting for a reality web series called "Bud House" (www.budhouse.com). Sponsored by Budweiser, thus the beer component, it's going to be a lot of fun, sending a representative (crazy, football / soccer loving fan) on an all-expense paid adventure to Cape Town, South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM). Luxurious accommodations, thrilling excursions, and the opportunity to have the kind of access few fans ever have.
And on the even more positive side, some of the "thrilling excursions" mentioned are volunteering with local, South African non-profits.
So if you're from one of the 32 countries competing in the World Cup and are interested in applying for the series, go to www.budhouse.com to learn more and download the form. Please pass along to your friends and family, especially that one woman/man who won't show up to family functions if there's a match on.
And if you have a non-profit for the show to consider, thus receiving more exposure to the world, email my colleague Lauren Kalb at email@example.com with your organization's information.
Go (insert country's team name here)! And cheers to raising more awareness for non-profits in South Africa.