From July, 2014 - April, 2015, I will be participating in an amazing program that will change my life! For ten months, I will be in Australia studying abroad for grade eleven. I have always been drawn towards travelling. I have gone on several vacations in other countries, but I find that this is not enough time to become immersed in a culture. I have always wanted to go to Australia, and I believe that studying abroad for ten months will be a great way to get to know the country. I plan on someday moving there to teach English. I also believe that this will be a great experience to meet new people and see new places. It will be great for academics as well.
My program in Australia will be through an organization called the Canadian International Educational Exchange. If you would like to learn more about the program, feel free to visit their website: http://www.ciee.org/high-school-study-abroad/australia/
The program costs $15 000, but there are extra fees such as a flight to my departure city, spending money etc. My parents will be giving my $5000, and I will be raising the rest.
What I've done so far
I am currently employed at Tim Hortons. This is my main source of money for the program. I have also done yard work such as aerating, raking, lawn mowing, etc. This winter, I will be hosting a dinner for friends and family to attend, and hear about my plans. I will also be fundraising at my school (Merivale Highschool) by hosting a show that my friends and I will perform swing dancing in. Coffee, tea, and baked goods will also be sold. At my church, I will be doing a coffee and tea night. I have raised over $2000 so far. This is great progress, but I still have a long way to go. I need all of the help I can get!