Help me give a heart to Africa


                   www.giveahearttoafrica.org 
Be a part of my journey to Tanzania, Africa by donating to my trip so that I can learn, teach and help make a difference in the lives of women and children in the community. 
        "Be the change you wish to see in the world" Mahatma Ghandi 
ABOUT ME: 
Exactly 2 years ago, I was working and going to school full time, I lived a very comfortable life and thought that I had "the why of life" figured out. In mid December of 2012 I got word that my father was extremely ill, so I decided that on March 1st, 2013 I would leave my work, school, friends and family behind in Arizona to be with my dad for as long as he could fight, while living with him in California. I only had two days with him, and on March 5th 2013, I watched him take his last breath. Something in my soul was awakened in that moment, I had been emotionally destroyed and given the most incredible gift at the same time. I learned in that moment that I had been given the gift of sight. I could finally see that it was love, compassion and authenticity that was most important to being a part of humanity. I spent time grieving by the ocean, teaching myself meditation, finding peace by the sand and clarity by the water. I then decided my mission in life was to help people. I made a trip to Toronto, Canada where an expo for young travelers was held. I came upon the booth for GHTA (Give a Heart To Africa) I felt drawn to it, and remembered what I had learned about Africa from a woman in religion class I took at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. I fell in love with their program and have made it my mission to be a part of it. 

Where: 
GHTA is in Moshi, Tanzania 

The Mission:
To improve the lives of women through education and entrepreneurship.

What I will be doing:
Teaching English, business, or vocational skills in a classroom, interacting with families in Tanzania, seeing how they live, spending time with local children in an after school program, feeding my soul.
 
THE DONATIONS:

100% of my volunteer fee goes to the community. 
My plane ticket and shots are not included 
I have a weekly fee of $300 to stay in a Western Style house that is attached to the school. 
I will be gone for 3 1/2 weeks.
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Organizer

Courtney Gastelo 
Organizer
Phoenix, AZ
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