Dear Family and Friends,
Last summer I volunteered in Livingstone, Zambia through International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ). That experience completely changed my life and I now have a passionate desire to do more outreach projects. Since my teaching experience last summer, I made a commitment to myself to continue pursuing this new passion of mine every summer that I am able to. My goal is to volunteer in a different high-need area every summer, so that I can make an impact in as many places as I can all over the world.
The three things I love to do more than anything else continue to be: teach, help others, and travel. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity that allows me to combine all three of the things I love. In June/July, I am taking another leap and heading to Tanzania, Africa for one month. I have been accepted again as a volunteer with IVHQ, where I will be teaching in the Arusha community. I am so excited to be part of this group that works with children in Tanzania. Experiencing a new country and its culture, as well as meeting other volunteers from around the world, continues to be an exciting prospect. Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to be a teacher, and for years I have wanted to work with schools that serve low-income students. I think it is important to apply my education, strengths, and abilities in a country that could really benefit from them. I decided last summer that I need to do something selfless that could have a positive impact on others. Mahatma Gandhi said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." I’m sure I will continue to find out a lot about myself through this experience as well.
On this project, I will either be working by myself again or alongside local teachers and other volunteers, teaching subjects, such as English, math, science, social studies, art, and physical education. As these schools depend heavily on the involvement of local volunteers, the ratio of students to teachers can be as high as 80 students to 1 teacher.
I am asking for prayer and support as I prepare for this humbling opportunity. I am also hoping to raise financial support in order to help fund excess luggage to bring school supplies that students from my school in England will be donating. The National Elementary Honors Society (NEHS) at Liberty Intermediate School has graciously agreed to organize a School Supply Drive to donate for my trip. We are anticipating tons of school supplies that will go over my baggage allowance. I will therefore be purchasing more bags in order to get these supplies to Africa. I will also be purchasing more educational supplies, toys, clothes, hygiene and first aid supplies in Tanzania to help stimulate the local economy. You can donate on my GoGetFunding page (6.9% website and banking fee), sending to my PayPal account at [email protected] or by mailing a check (no fee) to:
PSC 41 Box 5306
APO, AE 09464
If you're not able to donate funds at this time, your thoughts and prayers during my time in Africa will be greatly appreciated and needed.
Thank you for your consideration in supporting me on this great outreach opportunity.
For more information on the volunteer program, check out the IVHQ website at IVHQ Tanzania