Volunteer Trip with Amazon Pueblo

$1,715 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 24 people in 71 months

I just got my first passport and I have the opportunity to make my first international trip to Colombia in July to help teach music and English in a rural village, as well as help with building and expanding plumbing and water filtration systems. I am super stoked to be able to use my knowledge and skills for good while also expanding my view of the world.

I am raising money for the trip because I need to purchase supplies to stay healthy while there (food, water, medical care) as well as textbooks and lesson materials, and of course, the travel fare to get there. I want to make sure I'm adequately prepared as this is a very big trip and project to take on - especially for my first time traveling internationally. 

The volunteer group I'll be working with is called Amazon Pueblo and was started by an old friend I used to lead camping trips with about a decade ago. More on the village and project here!

Mini-bio on me: I'm 28, a professional musician/music teacher with a degree in management, avid performer, runner, animal lover, vegetarian, and blossoming cook. I've lived, performed, and taught all over the East Coast of the US, but I've always wanted to travel the world. After a series of major life changes and losses - ending with the loss of my best friend, my dog Zelda, to cancer - I decided it's time for me to put these dreams in motion. The only obstacle standing between me and seeing the world is now financial. I am trying very hard not to go into debt to make these dreams come true - and that's where you come in. 

Any - and I mean ANY - amount helps!! If you want to help but can't donate financially, let me know and I will send you more information on the organization to see how you can help. 

THANK YOU for supporting making my dreams come true!!

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I'm home safe and sound from the adventure of a lifetime!!! Here are links to photos. There's about 650 photos so it's a lot to look through, but here are the links:

Children: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.743165967755.1073741827.47400274&type=1&l=ea3aabb854

Animals: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.743252399545.1073741828.47400274&type=1&l=6face3b750

Party time! We brought "Happy Hour" to the village: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.743257020285.1073741829.47400274&type=1&l=f980f8c93a

General trip and project photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.743136217375.1073741826.47400274&type=1&l=bebbbf6c70
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I am officially packed and ready to go! I leave in about 36 hours...a HUGE thank you to absolutely everyone who shared, supported, and/or donated. This trip has already changed my life and I can't wait to come back and share stories and photos with all of you!! :D
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I'm leaving in one week!! AAAHHH!!! I can't believe it's coming up so soon!!! :D
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Checked my mail and had not one but two sweet surprise donations. I'm now almost 60% funded and I leave in 12 DAYS!!!! :D Tomorrow I have to pick up a few more supplies, treat my clothes with permethrin, and then START PACKING!!
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$1,715 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 24 people in 71 months
Created December 18, 2012
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Polezhayev family
64 months ago (Offline Donation)
Al deCiutiis
64 months ago

Seeing new places and new people is the best experience of a lifetime. Brazil taught me that and I know it will teach you that when you come back. Safe travels.

64 months ago (Offline Donation)
Anne & Dave
64 months ago (Offline Donation)
Adam & Jen
65 months ago

Live long & prosper :P

Lundgren family
65 months ago (Offline Donation)
Blackman family
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The Oestreicher family
65 months ago (Offline Donation)

Every little bit counts ;-). Have an awesome adventure! We'll miss you and look forward to hearing all about it!

Eileen Koff
65 months ago

I know your trip will transform every cell in you! A changed mind can change the world!

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