08 February 2008

Dream Crushed...but Staying Positive

The violence in Kenya has become so bad that WorldTeach has halted its program and put the brakes on my dream of volunteering in Kenya. I have been thinking about and praying for the Kenyans for the past month since this all started, and I will continue to do so. I really hope that they are able to stop the bloodshed and find peace, but there has been ethnic tension for years just waiting to explode and I have no idea how it's going to stop. I hope that the politicians are able to do something, but I'm not sure they will be able to quell the violence in 2 weeks like they claim. Anywho, I could go on and on, but I will spare you. :) Please keep the people of Kenya in your thoughts and prayers (if you pray). Thanks!

What's next for me? I am definitely going to volunteer somewhere next year. I want to help people in need. I would prefer to work with orphans. I would prefer to work with people affected by AIDS. I would also prefer to work with younger children. That being said, I am trying to be more open about opportunities. WorldTeach told me that I can choose another program to work with since I am already accepted into their organization. They have a few others in Africa that I am leaning towards (South Africa, Namibia, Rwanda), but I am also looking into Costa Rica, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Guyana. But I am also looking outside of WorldTeach to see if I can find something else that truly fits my passion. As you can see, I am quite confused right now.

Whatever path I choose, I will continue to fund-raise (at least $6,000) to pay for flights, program fees, etc. I greatly appreciate your support! I will definitely keep you posted on my decision.

Peace and Love.