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
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 :)
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.
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!
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.