Dearest friends and family,
As many of you know I love children. What many of you don't know is that I have always wanted to volunteer somewhere outside of Canada to help children. In this context I have decided to take a hiatus from my work and studies to pursue these dual interests. To help me realize this goal I have partnered with Global Volunteer Network to assist in planning and executing a volunteer trip to Rwanda, Africa for 6 weeks.
Global Volunteer Network is a non profit organization based in New Zealand that started 11 years ago when its founder made a volunteer trip of his own to Ghana. Since then they have helped send over 17 000 volunteers abroad to aid in anything from construction to community services.
This organization works with local community organizations in developing countries through the placement of international volunteers. I have been put in contact with a local oganization in Rwanda called the Faith Victory Association, and I have been set up to volunteer within their Literacy program starting on June 1 and lasting for 6 weeks.
My volunteer placement is in Kigali, Rwanda's capital, in a school where I will work alongside local primary teachers to improve their English language as well as their students'. Aside from this I will help to improve the level of math, health, hygiene and science skills amongst the students.
My initial plan was to cover my own expenses but The Global Volunteer Network encourages all their volunteers to fundraise in support of their individual volunteering projects. My total expenses will exceed $8000. At this point I have set $5000 as my fundraising goal to offset the following expenses:
Program and medical/insurance costs: $3000
Living expenses: $2000
I know, I know - it's a lot of money. But that being said, any little bit helps! As the website shows, they'll take donations of a $1 or more.
I am in the process of registering as a local charitable organization. Please email me at [email protected] with your full name and address so I can issue you a tax receipt for donations of $25 and over.
Thank you for your consideration and support. :)