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The Best Is Yet To Come

Amanda Clothier's diary:

Hopefully heading to Tanzania in September 2016, haven't made any official plans yet but I'm very excited for the journey ahead. So much to think about and checklists to make, I hope I can get everything done. This feels like the right step, and I am glad I am doing it alone. My own first hand encounter of Tanzania still to come!!!

Una Semana Mas

Michelle Kung's diary:

As I'm counting down the remaining days until I go to Guatemala, I'm both excited and nervous. I honestly can't wait to see and experience a completely new culture; however, at the same time, I have no idea what to expect. I'm going into this with an open mind and a positive mindset, but what if the experience is not at all what I had expected it to be? What if I don't get to make as much of an impact as I had hoped? What if I don't fit in? What if the other volunteers don't like me?

22 Days Before Departure

Ashley Blanton's diary:

With my departure just a few weeks away I feel both very excited yet nervous. I have never traveled so far or alone. I am looking forward to growing from this experience while meeting some cool new people, helping others, and learning about a new culture! So far I have booked my flight, read the booklet, taken all the online quizzes, and paid my program fees. I still have to buy my travel insurance and inquire about any necessary vaccinations. Until next time. :)
Ashley

Flights Are Booked!

Ivana Budisa's diary:

I have just booked my flights for my Ecuador and Peru programs in the fall. It is still ages away, but booking my flights made it all so real. I am so excited for this opportunity and am looking forward to meeting all the new and beautiful people along the way!

Before The Big Trip

Shayla Spiteri's diary:

Today I finally paid my fee completely and now it has sunk in that I am actually going! I am so excited beyond words can explain and I'm so proud of myself for achieving this. This will be a once in a life time experience and I am happy to say that I am sharing this experience with good old mate Laura. So far I have started to gather things that I need before my trip, I have made a list of things I need to buy and a list of things I need to pack. This trip is getting so close now that I am starting to get butterflies!

Starfish

Lauren Leckliter's diary:

In the US I work as a registered nurse on a cardiothoracic floor. We take care of heart transplants, post heart attacks, LVADs, esophogectomies, and several other tedious surgical procedures. Its easy in a very intensive specialty to feel like your days work hasn't accomplished a lot. Sure, your patients have their meds, and they've walked hopefully at least four times, and they have their hot meal and their TV guide strategically circled with the channels that they like. It's first world health care.

Why I want to volunteer in Sri Lanka

Czarina Quindara's diary:

Endangered animal preservation is a very important cause to me, personally. I am most interested in giving back to the planet and the people of Sri Lanka.

As human influence encroaches onto elephant habitats in Sri Lanka, farmers and elephants are increasingly forced into competition for land resources. It is estimated that the interspecies-conflicts result in 50 human and 100 elephant fatalities annually.

15 DAYS.

Abigail Greene's diary:

It's starting to get REAL, 15 days until my husband and I head down to Argentina! I am graduating from a baccalaureate nursing program next week and this trip is my graduation present. This will be my 2nd trip with IVHQ, and my husband's first time outside of the country since living in Mexico a few years ago. I am so excited to volunteer, meet new friends, and completely immerse myself in another culture with my husband. We are definitely ready to do some good and help out however we can. Until then, we have a lot of waiting and packing to do. Peace!

TEFL Course And Travel Fees

Brandon Golding's diary:

I purchased a TEFL course today. I don't actually need to have a TEFL certification, but it is highly recommended, and I think it would be much better going in with some sort of training. That being said, I went with the cheapest option. Being TEFL certified not only puts me in a better position for this volunteering project, but also opens me up to seeking teaching jobs abroad if I choose to do so after this trip.

Almost there!

Andrea Rovayo's diary:

My name is Andrea Rovayo, I was born In Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ecuador is a beautiful country in South America with beautiful beaches through the Pacific ocean. My mother Victoria was from Cali Colombia and my dad is from Ecuador but all my family nowadays lives in Guayaquil. I have 3 amazing siblings, two girls, and one boy. I'm 27 years old and I have been living in Miami since I decided to move on for a better future when I was 18.

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