Andrew Mersmann is the author of the global guide to Volunteer Vacations: Frommer’s 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference (Gold Award from Society of American Travel Writers Foundation: Best Travel Guide) and Executive Vice President of Synergy, Strategy, and Engagement for evox Television (http://www.evoxtelevision.com). He has volunteered on service projects ranging from post-earthquake reconstruction at an orphanage in Haiti, mentoring Native American reservation youth, working and living with the homeless on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, and saving stranded pilot whales in Key West to a humanitarian/medical excursion by horseback in Rajasthan, India. He is proud to serve on the board of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch California Burn Foundation serving survivors of serious burn injuries. He is a travel writer, editor at Passport Magazine, and has been a restaurant reviewer, entertainment writer, and celebrity profiler. He has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends on satellite radio, The Smithsonian Institute, and NY1’s Travels With Val, and judged the Condé Nast Traveler “World Changers” awards.