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Going to Tanzania in July

Dana Johnson's diary:

It is 82 days to our great adventure begins. My daughter wants me to get a new phone. Are there any thoughts from those who have been there? Is it safe to take my Kindle? I am trying to figure out what to take. Ethopian Airlines only allows 23 KG for checked luggage. Need all the help I can. Dana

10 days

Julie Chapman's diary:

Getting ready to leave and getting organised. 10 days to go!!!

Going to Arusha

Dana Johnson's diary:

Only 86 days to go. Thinking about how I will carry everything in 1- 23Kg case. I know lots to eliminate but not sure what to include. Any Help? Or just give up and pay $150 for an extra bag. Dana

39 Days To Go....

Bobbi Van Gilder's diary:

39 days before Roni and I leave for Peru!! I am so excited for this opportunity to combine volunteer work with international travel. IVHQ has been a huge help and has made this process very simple. And, the material they have provided has also been useful.

With just over a month to go, I'm actually getting a little nervous about how I will function in the cultural environment (e.g., language barriers, Peruvian food, etc.) but I can't wait for the experience! It helps that I will be traveling with a friend :)


Hayley Jameson's diary:

I used STA to book my flight which was nearly $700!! I hate to think that money can be such a barrier to volunteer. Lucky I have a job right now and can independently afford my fees.

It's Almost Here......Ok It's Almost Almost Here!

Roni Jackson's diary:

I officially depart for Cusco, Peru in 41 days! Although it's still a little over a month away, it is starting to set in that I am about to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience! I have dreamed of teaching English abroad my entire adult life, and I have always dreamed of visiting Peru. With this experience, I will get to do both! I am a little nervous. My Spanish is pretty rusty, and as a grad student, the time that I have available to dedicate to practicing is not what I would like it to be, especially with the end of the semester approaching.

Getting Ready

Rebecca Sealy's diary:

Me and Reza have been accepted onto the Morocco Volunteer program! So excited to start. We have paid our registration fees but still need to arrange our flights and pay our program fees. We both need to start fundraising as soon as possible as this trip is going to cost quite a bit, but should all be worth it!

12 hours to go!

Jasmin Gibbs's diary:


I can't believe I just looked at my count down clock and all that's left are hours! I am so freaking excited right now and I have no idea how I am going to sleep tonight! :D

Selemat tidur!

Payments- Fundraising

Caitlin Lunnon's diary:

Within 48 hours of being connected with with the GoFundMe fundraising website, Arianna and myself have raised $330 towards our goal of $1000 to add towards our payments.

This has been through family friends donations. We've also had a number of shares of our program page that people have been donating to!

Over the moon!
I'm counting down the days to leave and I am just so excited to get over there!

Finally committed!

Maria Alicia Russell's diary:

It was a long hard, difficult decision. Sitting in front of my boss' desk and telling him that my 25 years at work might come to an end was the hardest thing I've ever done. I have worked since I was 16 years old. I don't know what it's like to be without a job. What was I doing? The look on my boss' face was clearly saying "this is the worst time to be asking for so much time off". I know how the economic climate is, the jobless rate , I am grateful to have a job, and I don't want to throw it all away on a whim, but this decision is no whim.


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