Does This Youth Hostel Offer a Senior Discount? From Beverly Hills to a Chicken Bus, A Tale of a Hollywood Talent Agent Turned Third World Volunteer

Ginger Lawrence grapples with colorful volunteer exploits in Latin America. She chucks a pampered would-be glamorous life as a Hollywood talent agent to teach English to the poverty-stricken children of the garbage dump, trading glamour for a lump-in-the-throat life-altering experience, while finding unlikely romance with a passionate Latino 30 years her junior. More

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About Ginger Lawrence

Ginger Lawrence has been a volunteer English teacher in the poorest communities of Guatemala, Ecuador, and Nicaragua for nine years. She teaches in Latin America for the length of her ninety-day visa, and then returns to the United States to catch up with her grown children, Jamie and Brian, and grandkids, Riley, Quinn, and Duke.
While in the United States, Ginger teaches English and volunteers with Spanish-speakers, contributing her time to organizations such as the Beverly Hills Library Literacy Program; Mentoring our Children Through Experience; Dave Eggers’ 826 LA; KOREH LA, an elementary school literacy program; Harmony Project; and several years at CARECEN, the Central American Resource Center, where she teaches Citizen Preparation as well as English. She’s had to do a lot of boning up on her high school history and government.
Ginger was a theatrical agent for 23 years, representing actors for motion pictures, television, and theatre. Many of her clients were renowned actors, such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Edward James Olmos, Bryan Cranston, Kelsey Grammar, Marion Ross, Danny Aiello, Ruby Dee, and Ossie Davis. For ten years she was president and founding partner of Good People, a personnel agency specializing in the entertainment industry. She also worked extensively in TV and feature film production, assisting such luminaries as Johnny Carson, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Elizabeth Taylor, and Richard Burton in secretarial, assistant, and script supervisor positions. The only person who ever fired her was Orson Welles; Ginger considers that a classy pink-slip.
Ginger was elected to and served on the board of the Association of Talent Agents for six consecutive years from 1988-2004. She was voted Agent of the Year in 2004 by the Personal Managers Association.
She graduated with a BA degree in telecommunications from the University of Southern California way too many years ago.

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