Boy oh boy do I have an announcement for YOU today!
If you know me personally, I’ve already shared my news…but I realized I have yet to share it with the blogosphere!! (aka the 5 people who read this…;) )
Allow me to remind you that the catchphrase (slogan?) of my blog is “adventure begins where comfort ends”. Well let me tell ya…I’ve been extremely UNcomfortable that past several months…
Car troubles, which have turned into looking for a new [used] adventure vehicle; ending my steady, but not completely fulfilling job and moving to another temporarily (working two jobs at the same time is no joke- kudos to all who do that regularly); cleaning and downsizing as much as possible to potentially move out of state (at least for a while) to chase an amazing opportunity (which I’m still waiting on. Sigh.); keeping up with my dietetic CEU’s – gotta love that continuing education to stay relevant – and other online courses; scheduling my immunizations/vaccinations, getting a travel visa, buying my plane ticket and try to prepare the best I can because I’m going to Africa.
Did I throw you off there? YES, AFRICA!!!
Not a joke! I am absolutely elated to tell you all that I will be volunteering abroad in Uganda, Africa!! I have felt the call to serve in Africa for a few years now, and I stumbled upon The Real Uganda! (Check out their website- it has loads of information! www.volunteertherealuganda.com)
Run by Canadian Leslie Weighill, who has been living in Uganda for nearly 14 years, The Real Uganda (TRU) is a community-based, locally led organization that is “about solidarity, team building, and shared leadership”. How awesome is that? I love the fact that TRU is very much against #povertyporn (her phrasing, but it’s the perfect term!). I’m not going there to give to “the poor children” or “save Africa”. I’m going to experience a beautiful new culture, simultaneously share and receive new knowledge and skills, and hopefully serve a community that could use some extra hands!
I’m doing everything I can to prepare, all the while knowing I won’t be prepared at all.
No expectations. No preconceived notions. No real plans. This is going to be hard. Powerful, life-changing, incredible…but undeniably hard. #realtalk
I will share more details soon, but I wanted to update everyone! If you feel moved to help me out (because serving in a foreign country is not exactly cheap…ha!), please visit my Fundly page: https://fundly.com/volunteer-the-real-uganda?fbclid=IwAR3joc1g4zjaUSx5JhxkJgyKKMBw_Bo2oj2gDlLirb-TzsAnt-Vb_f-XJ1E
Every dollar helps, and if you donate between now and November 30th, you’re automatically entered in a giveaway to win a $50 gift certificate to thecampingcommunity.com!! Tis the season of Thanksgiving!
Thank you in advance for your financial support- I will be forever thankful! 🙂
Don’t have a dollar to spare? Totally ok too! I gratefully accept prayers, well-wishes, and good thoughts! Leave a comment below if you have questions, advice, or just want to say hi! 🙂