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Hoi An

Michelle Alexander's diary:

This is my second last entry, which is so sad!

72 Days

Heather Grim's diary:

So, here it is about three and half months before my volunteer adventure in Bali and I'm still not quite positive how I feel. The tickets are booked, the fees are paid, passport ready but I keep forgetting that I have to physically get up and do all that I signed up for. Not that I don't want to, I am beyond excited for it. It's just a venture in life that I have never taken before so what will it be like?

Almost 3 weeks until I leave- Cartagena

Shannon Caughey's diary:

As I begin to prepare myself to volunteer in Cartagena, I cannot help but to think back to last time when I was doing this same thing to prepare myself for Cusco. Although many of the feelings are similar, this time around I feel much more confident, both in my traveling and teaching abilities. I am allowing myself to feel. Whatever feeling comes to the surface I will do my best to embrace it, to feel it and to remind myself that I am alive. Not all feelings are plesent. Traveling solo to a new country, brings up feelings of anxiety, fear, sadness.

The first step

Stephanie Rodford's diary:

This is my first diary entry on my journey to Uganda.

I thought the hardest thing i would have to do in preperation to getting to uganda was plan, i thought the flights, the vacinations etc would be stressful but after just a few days of paying my registration fee i've realised that the hardest thing for me until the day i step off of the aeroplaneo start volunteering is my family... who would have thought that they would give me so much grief!

Planning & fundraising

Jennifer Brooks's diary:

My experience in Guatemala was life changing but at the same time it made me realize that I was not nearly as prepared as I should have been.

So when I signed up for Ecuador I knew that I would prepare as much as I could especially since I will only have two weeks to help as much as possible.

I have already paid my fee and I am watching for a cheaper flight... 1100 for a flight to Ecuador is a bit high for my taste, but I am planning on booking those at the new year, I have always had a lot of luck booking flights in January. so I am hoping that luck continues.

Bring it!

Gina Speedy's diary:

Flights are booked, I'm paid up and ready to start 2015 with a bang! I'm not really sure what to expect just yet but am definitely looking forward to a new challenge in Ghana. I've heard great things about the people and the program so bring it on!

IVHQ registration

Amy Blatt - M-Heal Group's diary:

I just finished my first set of "To-Do's" for the trip! I am so excited to have the opportunity to volunteer in Guatemala during this Spring Break!

In the beginning

Susan Macfarlane 's diary:

Well here I am feeling isolated and I've jumped onto my email and applied for,the volunteering in Bali and I am feeling so much better. I want to do this. I want the experience and I want to give. Bit exciting really. It's my Mother's Day present to myself . Yippee.

Diary of a Vietnam volunteer no. 1

Ella Newsome's diary:

I've just checked my IVHQ profile and am now getting incredibly excited with 70 days to go! Eeeekkkkkkk. Plenty to do in that time!

Phu Quoc - The good, the bad, the lovely

Michelle Alexander's diary:

Disclaimer: High use of inverted commas to illustrate my sarcasm.


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