One Family, Six Continents, Twelve Good Deeds

02/06/2012 09:35 am ET

Jackson Lewis, 14, stood before the steel door of Transit, an organization for homeless youth in St. Petersburg, Russia, anxiously wondering what awaited him on the other side. Would he and his brother, Buck, 9, be able to communicate with the kids? Would it be frightening? This was the first stop on their family's quest to volunteer in a different country every month for a year -- and they had no idea what to expect.