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3 days to go before my trip to Antigua!!!!

Deborah Cooke's diary:

It's down to the wire now. Super-excited!!!!

My casual Jeans Friday fundraiser at work was a huge success, and everyone was supportive. They've asked me to share my experience once I get back. I'm looking forward to shopping for supplies for these kids I'll be working with, which will hopefully make a small difference in their lives.

Now comes the hard part, PACKING!!!! It's always a challenge figuring out what's a must-have and what should be left at home.

October 22, 2014

Kaleigh Caccamo's diary:

It is 1:04 in the morning and I just paid my registration fee of $249. I am so stinking excited. I was originally going to be traveling with a different organization but they deferred my entry until January 1, 2016. I was heart broken, but everything happens for a reason and I am now sitting at Starbucks with my close and dear friend Laura Lowry. We have had so much caffeine and I fell on the floor.
The man at the register put "Kayloy" on my cup
HI MY NAME IS KAYLOY, WHATS URS?
Until next time...
Kaleigh Jo

Week 4 - Bikes, Stitches and Nina

Michelle Alexander's diary:

The end of last week was met with sadness, My travels bestie Nina had to return home to Switzerland. She is already planning to visit me back home in Australia, I can’t wait! On Friday night we went out to District 1 for dinner at L’usine and met up with other roommates for drinks at Miss Saigon in the backpacker district. We met up with Sang afterwards and he gallantly offered to walk us to McDonalds and warned us to be aware of our belongings.

Classroom

Suresh Sekar's diary:

Getting ready

Irina Gurdis's diary:

Tomorrow!!

Susan Clinthorne's diary:

Tomorrow is the day! Off on a new type of adventure. I will enjoy being involved in the culture rather than observing the culture. I am so happy to be of use. Can't wait to see the kids.... it's all a mystery at this point- ages? how many?
Makes it tricky to plan activities... but flexibility is what makes it work.
Also, wonder where I'll stay. Host family or volunteer dorm.
Will I be the oldest???

My first log - the journey before the journey

Alexandra Goth's diary:

I am now 86 days away before I leave for Antigua, where I will be volunteering with children. To say that I am getting excited would be a gross understatement. As soon as I was accepted into the program (and I checked my email every hour until I heard back), I felt this wild excitement burst through every single pore on my body. A puzzle piece clicked into place. Now the real part begins: the planning, the saving (and saving, and saving), the lists, the travel insurance and the endless questions.

Cambodia Trip

Suresh Sekar's diary:

Quite an amazing experience at Phnom Penh - teaching kids, staying at my host's residence, and traveling with other volunteers over the weekend. If I get a chance, I would definitely do this again and would recommend for others who are looking to volunteer abroad.

Soon!

Susan Clinthorne's diary:

I will leave Sunday! So far everything is going smoothly.
Only worries:
Stop over in Texas.
John is a bit swamped.
Hope I bring the right materials.
Wish my Spanish were better.
I hope I charm the kids and make my co-volunteers comfortable.

Awaiting

Shiyu Zhou's diary:

I planed this for a semester and do it just one day. Yes, it need to be brave. Register, program fee, airplane ticket.. After all these, I feel closer and closer to touch my holy land. Recently there's a song always around me. "Lord I'm one, lord I'm two, lord I'm three, lord I'm four, lord I'm five hundred miles from my door.." One step, and one step, and one step.. After go to college, a lot of things changed. Some are good, some are not good. And sometimes, I'm at a loss. I don't know where should I go.

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