Like I’ve said in the past, and I’ll say again and again… “I don’t like saying Goodbye“.
In 2011 I embarked on an amazing journey that landed me in Kayamandi, South Africa. I set myself up through a program named SASTS . The program was through BUNAC, a non-profit organization that helped facilitate work and volunteer programs. The program proved to be a great stepping stone for me as I stepped into a new world. I was 8,000 miles away, in a new country, on a new continent, in the opposite hemisphere of where I call home! And yet, after spending a mere three and a half months there, I began to truly understand the meaning of the word home. They say, “Home is where the heart is”, and I think I may have left some of my heart back there…
In August of 2013 I’ll be headed on a new adventure. The basic plan is to fly East to London where I’ll spend two weeks. These weeks will be a way I can reunite with friends I met while volunteering 2 years ago. I don’t have to much of a game plan as far as what I’ll be doing in London but I’m perfectly fine with playing it by ear. London can’t be that difficult to figure out, right?
By September, I’ll be on my way to South Africa. Once there I’ll be eager to get back to Kayamandi and surprise Mama Zulu with a big hug! (Don’t worry, I’ve already contacted them and set something up so they know I’m coming.. I mean, I kinda did.. I’m sure it’ll work out…) About a week into my time there my good friend Dan Sellers will be meeting me. This guy is awesome, and has been a huge reason as to why this trip is all possible! Many thanks, Dan! We’ve started planning out what we’ll be doing but we are still in the early stages of that. In May of this year I’ll be posting some big news of our plans so be sure to stay tuned! That’s all for now.
Below is something I wrote July 12, of 2011 for the SASTS application process.
-To me, this is such an amazing opportunity. Obviously, I don’t expect to change the situation that the people of South Africa face or the condition that they have to live in, but knowing that I might make a miniscule difference in the life of one or more individuals is my driving force. Having just graduated with a degree in education, I feel I am qualified and have a lot to offer. With that being said, I also feel I have a lot to learn and look to use the experience as a head start to my future educating career.-