Hello! My name is Marianne and I'm part of the Philippine national association of an international volunteer organisation called CISV!
What is CISV?
CISV aims to educate people for a more just and peaceful world - something we need now more than ever. The world is a scary place, but if we equip and educate people on a broader perspective and learn from each other, then we can make the world better for generations to come.
2018's theme is DIVERSITY - accepting and understanding each other's differences and celebrating our similarities!
This year, I applied to be an Adult Leader for one of our chapter's Village delegations.
What is Village?
It's CISV's flagship program for 11-year old children - to put it simply, a 28-day summer camp with delegations from around the world. A delegation is formed of 4 children and an Adult Leader, and multiple Villages can take place simultaneously! The ALs and staff design activites that help the children learn about themselves and work together with kids of different backgrounds, among other experiences.
Overall, it's an amazing journey for everyone. And I'm happy and still over the moon that I was chosen to lead a delegation! I cannot reveal the location of my designated camp due to security reasons, but I will say that it is in Europe.
Why do I need your help?
Though the Host Chapter and the delegation parents shoulder majority of AL expenses, we are still required to pay a number of fees. Admittedly, my job as a church worker cannot make enough to pay these fees, I barely make enough to meet my own financial obligations. Going to Europe is ludicrously expensive, and I will also be required to apply for an entry visa.
Since starting this journey from my application in January, I feel a personal change, a personal growth. The board members of our chapter have seen it. I still have so much to learn, and I want to be a better person - not just for myself, but for the children as well.
To be able to say that you were part of something important, of something with potential to impact the world, of something that inspires action and catalyses change... it is something I want to achieve.
Will you please help me fulfill this? :)