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Help Brittany's dream of France happen!

$149 of $1,897 goal

Raised by 8 people in 39 months
Brittany Fosberg  SEATTLE, WA
Hi!
My name's Brittany. I'm 16 and from the Seattle area. I'm currently a junior in high school and do part-time Running Start at a local community college. The purpose of this page is help me raise money for a class trip to France in early July of 2014.


Growing up (or even now), did you ever had a dream to fulfill so immensely vivid you can't imagine it not happening some day? For me, that's the chance to visit and thoroughly experience France and its deeply rich and diverse culture.



I became entranced with the French language when I was about twelve, and am currently in my third year of studying French in school. Walking into French class is the highlight of my day because it challenges me and puts me with like-minded individuals who want to learn French. I attend my school's French club and love French music and films. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, I spent 2-3 weeks at a French-themed summer camp in the San Juan Islands of Washington. This coming summer, I plan on spending five weeks at the same camp as a volunteer assistant.

French is something I can't seem to get enough of. As I mature and learn more French, I want to put it to use in my future. I've contemplated a future career as an interpreter or French teacher, and while I don't know for sure what I want to do, I know it'll involve French. It's a beautiful language, and I want nothing more than to continue my education with it.


The trip I would love to go on spans the course of 10-12 days in mid-July 2014. The itinerary includes visiting Paris, Versailles, the chateaux in the Loire region of France, Carnac, Quimper, Mont St. Michel and the beaches of Normandy. We would primarily be visiting the region know as Bretagne (it's the French translation of Brittany!), a region I've long desired to visit.

Here's why I need your help.

The cost of the trip is about $4,000, and while my parents would be absolutely thrilled to send me to France, there is little room financially. My dad is an electrician, and was laid off is April of 2012. He returned to a Union electrician job in October of 2013, only to be laid off two weeks before Christmas. HUGE monthly bills include COBRA Health Insurance and college tuition payments for my brother. When I attended the French camp I mentioned earlier, I was only able to go because I received a (very) generous scholarship both years from the camp. For that I am eternally thankful and will forever cherish the amazing memories I created while at camp.

At 16, I have my first job working at a fast food restaurant. I've worked there since September of 2013 and am challenged on daily basis by my work. I enjoy interacting with my co-workers and customers. The only issue is that as a minor, I can only work 20 hours a week and because it's a fairly small establishment, all employees get very few hours. I have to pay $220 in bills for my own car insurance and gas every month. If I'm lucky, I'm able to put away around $150 per month towards my trip to France.

My family has so far saved about $2,100, but we need your help to make it all the way. We have to have 90% of the balance paid off in the next few months, or else we will lose all the money we've already invested in this trip.

I've never been out of the United States, and this very well might be my one shot to visit France for a long, long time (decades, really). It's all I can think about. This trip would be an extremely rich cultural opportunity I will likely never have the chance to fulfill again in my lifetime. I hope you can help me! Every single penny counts, and I will be eternally grateful for anything you can spare. This is my biggest dream, and I hope it'll come true.

Pouvez-vous m'aider? Voyager en France, c'est une grande rêve pour moi.

Thank you! (Merci beaucoup!)
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Update 6
Posted by Brittany Fosberg
38 months ago
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I'm very excited to announce that as of this evening, y trip has a GREEN LIGHT! The balance has been paid, and I, mes amis, am going to France!!

The help and support I've received has been absolutely incredible. I want to thank EVERYONE who helped out in any way--without all of you, this would've never happened. You rock!!!
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Update 5
Posted by Brittany Fosberg
38 months ago
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Hello! Since I've been quite inactive here with my campaign, and it's been a while since I've informed anyone of what's up, I figure I'll do that now!

Since starting my campaign, I've earned $149 directly through GoFundMe. Because I heavily promoted my campaign via social media, news of my efforts has spread among my friends and family.

I have received A LOT of support from people I know through French camp. Shares, "likes" and donations have encouraged me greatly. My extended family has been amazing. I have received around $300 in donations from extended family, and I hope more people can help me out in whatever way possible.

Couple with the amazing people out there helping me, being able to put away a decent amount of each of my paychecks has helped considerably.

I'm almost there.
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Update 4
Posted by Brittany Fosberg
39 months ago
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My voice is barely there, I'm exhausted from screaming and dancing in the street, and most importantly of all, the Seahawks are CHAMPIONS!
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Update 3
Posted by Brittany Fosberg
39 months ago
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Today was awesome! Receiving donations from folks really gives me faith in humanity.
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$149 of $1,897 goal

Raised by 8 people in 39 months
Created January 29, 2014
AS
$15
Audra Saisslin
38 months ago (Monthly Donation)
AK
$10
Ariana Kemp
39 months ago

fine, you win....

VS
$14
Victoria Squillace
39 months ago

Go to France girl :D do it for the vaches!!!

$25
Debra Alderman
39 months ago

Someone told me you deserve this trip to France...I hope you make it there! Dream big!

AS
$50
Adriene Saisslin
39 months ago

We're excited to help you see France!

AS
$15
Audra Saisslin
39 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$10
Anonymous
39 months ago
$10
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39 months ago
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