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Study Abroad in South Africa

$1,335 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 67 months

Junior year I would like to immerse myself in the South African culture, so that I may learn, explore, and grow as a person. I will be placed with a loving host family and attend the local high school in the amazing city of Cape Town. I chose South Africa because of its rich culture and history. It is a country continuing to adopt democracy into everyday life. The program fee is thousands of dollars which I must achieve by working and fundraising, however, I can't do it without your help! Every penny is a step closer in reaching my goal. Thank you!


For more information on where your donations are going, check out:  http://usa.international-experience.net/student-exchange/high-school-programs/south-africa/

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Ed Hansell
66 months ago

Maria going to South Africa could be a life changing event for her and us!...Maria already appreciates diversity.. All of her school life she has been in a diverse setting. So the opportunity to live within a different culture is exciting, and she anticipates how meaningful it could be for her life. Maria is so prepared for such an experience..She has so much energy, enjoying the moment , and is observant, insightful, and empathetic. So she would be aware of, and understand what would be happening to her in a different culture. It should be mentioned that Maria has a wonderful sense of humor and a creative way of looking at ordinary events. Her host family would really enjoy her. And Maria wants to know what is over the hill. She is always seeking and enjoying new situations where she learns more about life and herself and so going to South Africa would be a great place for more new life experiences within a diverse culture. She would not have time to miss America...haha One of the most significant reasons for her going is that when Maria returned she could share her experiences with everyone around her. She is a wonderful, gifted writer, and artist who would be able to touch us with her personal insights, as if we were in South Africa with her. So not only would Marias understanding of the world, and her world change, but so could all of the people who know her, or could share Maria's experience through her writing and art...

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Raised by 12 people in 67 months
Created October 8, 2012
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$25
CeeCee
64 months ago

This is an impressive endeavor! I'm positive you can do whatever you put your mind to. Good luck :)

JP
$400
Jack Polzin
64 months ago

Good luck in your adventure abroad! Grandpa Jack

CP
$80
Craig Polzin
64 months ago

Merry Chistmas

JJ
$30
Jaci Johnson
65 months ago

This sounds like something that you and others will benefit from, Maria. Ed wrote a great comment that I agree with completely! I'm so proud to have been your teacher twice. =)

$75
Anonymous
65 months ago
$100
Don Amonounos
65 months ago

Hi Maria...uh you don't know me, actually not very many people do. But saw a comment written about you and was inspired to donate.

$50
Anonymous
65 months ago
CP
$75
craig polzin
66 months ago

Hope you achieve your goal and make it to South Africa. Love Uncle Craig

Ed Hansell
66 months ago

Maria going to South Africa could be a life changing event for her and us!...Maria already appreciates diversity.. All of her school life she has been in a diverse setting. So the opportunity to live within a different culture is exciting, and she anticipates how meaningful it could be for her life. Maria is so prepared for such an experience..She has so much energy, enjoying the moment , and is observant, insightful, and empathetic. So she would be aware of, and understand what would be happening to her in a different culture. It should be mentioned that Maria has a wonderful sense of humor and a creative way of looking at ordinary events. Her host family would really enjoy her. And Maria wants to know what is over the hill. She is always seeking and enjoying new situations where she learns more about life and herself and so going to South Africa would be a great place for more new life experiences within a diverse culture. She would not have time to miss America...haha One of the most significant reasons for her going is that when Maria returned she could share her experiences with everyone around her. She is a wonderful, gifted writer, and artist who would be able to touch us with her personal insights, as if we were in South Africa with her. So not only would Marias understanding of the world, and her world change, but so could all of the people who know her, or could share Maria's experience through her writing and art...

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