By Catherine Kerber, Volunteer in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Deciding where and how to volunteer can be daunting for anyone, but when I chose to volunteer overseas I knew that I wanted to do something that would benefit the community I would be serving. My friend had recently come back from Tanzania with Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS) and raved about her time there and her plans to continue her relationship with her placement and the people she met in Tanzania. She inspired me to volunteer with CCS and I haven't looked back since.
by Peru Volunteer Jeri Russell
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was a young stewardess working for Pan American, traveling the world. We flew into Liberia Africa for what was my first time. As we landed the large 747 at midnight, we were met by a crowd of orphans. Not pictures of big eyed orphans but real children; hungry babies alone in the night. I saw how the crew helped these kids, each flight. A little help, a little love, a little time, every time. The power of that experience was a game changer and one all humans should have; knowing we each CAN help.
Way back in 1988, I sat on my living room couch and made a list of what I wanted to do during my lifetime. This was my version of a “Bucket List” long before the movie. On this lofty list of over thirty things, I wrote ideas such as have a baby, learn a foreign language, teach a child to read, make a new friend every year, and run a marathon. My list, now resembling a worn-out piece of paper and barely legible to read resides in my wallet and is pulled out, read and reviewed, often. It has become my life plan.
I had considered this trip for a while (you can ask Taylor). I knew I had the vacation time accrued, but the fundraising was the most daunting part for me.
I brought it up to my boss and she committed $300 there and then and blocked off the vacation time. With that catalyst and start in the fundraising, I felt encouraged and realized that it was doable so I emailed everyone I knew.