I am a senior in high school and heading off to college in the fall. I have been accepted into the Spoleto Study Abroad program that takes place in Italy. This is a 22 day immersion into the Italian culture as well as attending classes daily and living in a monastery. I am trying to raise funding for this great learning adventure and a once in a lifetime opportunity. I feel it would be a great experience to visit places I've only studied about since seventh grade.
When I started this journey of applying to the program, there was a benefactor donating the cost of the program which meant I only had to raise money for air fare. Unfortunately, once I was accepted, I found out the benefactor had fallen through and I need to raise the entire amount.
As most of you know, my father was in a car accident in February 2008. Due to this accident, my father has spent several years recovering and ended up having his Talus (main ankle bone) replaced. This also caused him to lose and close his business after 22 years. All of this has caused our family great financial difficulties. My Mom and Dad said "This would be a great opportunity to study abroad! But, we cannot afford to pay for it."
So this is the idea behind the web site. I am trying to raise money for this trip. I'm trying to raise tuition and travel expenses. I am working as much as I can to raise funds with raffles, selling old stuff and just plain old hard work.
You can donate here on this website (fees are deducted), stop me and offer a donation or mail me a check. Any help is and will be greatly appreciated. If you have any American Airlines, Frequent Flyer miles you would like to donate, please click on the link to donate all the miles you can. I will use as many donated FF miles as I can to offset the flight cost. As of today, the flight over and back from Italy is almost $2,100. My American Airlines AAdvantage number is 73PKR72. My name is Ashley Martin and my email address is [email redacted].
For corporate sponsors who are interested in donating, Spoleto Study Abroad is a 501c3 program and you can donate directly to the program. The contact is [email redacted], or the mailing address is Spoleto Study Abroad 172 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403, please note that you are donating for Ashley Martin so the funds will go into my account.
The site will be updated as donations and fund raising is received so feel free to check back to see how my progress is coming along.
I want to THANK YOU in advance and will be updating this website as to my status.
TOTAL AMOUNT UPDATED !!!! We have Booked the Flight and got a great deal ! We saved money and in turn reduced our needed amount ! To everybody to has helped in the past a big "THANK YOU !"
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