"We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


I've often heard that the key to a successful volunteer abroad experience is flexibility.  I've not even left yet, and this has already become the case!  Last week, I received a call from CCS.  Unfortunately, due to lower-than-needed enrollment in my previous placement of Trang, Thailand, they had to cancel my chosen start date and program.  And, while at first a bit shocked, I realized quickly that I had an opportunity to REALLY step out of my comfort zone and head somewhere where my skill set was even more needed.

When I first decided to go abroad this summer, I struggled between the many options that CCS offers.  I mean...when there is simply SO much need in the world and you can only do so much, where do you go?  Tanzania weighed on me then, but I ended up choosing Thailand for a variety of reasons, knowing all along that perhaps I was more needed elsewhere.

Alas, it was meant to be.  Thailand became Tanzania.  Buddhist temples will be replaced with safari tents; longboats with dhows; and a Japanese Encephalitis immunization with a stack of malaria pills.  Awesome.

I need your support more than ever, as the cost of my airfare is approximately $1000 more than I had originally planned for Thailand.  I'm confident that I'll get all that I need.  I can't wait for this new twist on my adventure!