||[May. 18th, 2011|12:34 am]
Firstly, Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to actually bother coming to and looking at this.
Well, if you're here now, it's probably cos i've sent you an email asking you for your help. and yes, I really do need your help. So as i've mentioned in the email, i'm going to try to keep to my word of keeping you updated with what's happening and with the progress of the program. (i'm really very bad at blogging cos i don't update regularly. hahaha but i'll try to keep this one as up-to-date as possible)
To begin, maybe I should explain why i decided to do something like this.
I don't have a real elaborate, crazy, almost-lost-my-life story. Just simply that when I moved to Sydney from Singapore, I decided to make a fresh start for myself, start doing things that mattered. Why? well cos after answering some questions that asked me what I've been doing all my life, I realised I haven't really done anything worth mentioning. Yes, there was this thing that i went for, that thing that I won in, but nothing that I felt was really helping and impacting people.
So in January, i started searching for International Volunteer Programs that would help me achieve a goal in doing something substantial overseas. I've looked at a few programs, such as International Student Volunteers, Cross-Cultural Solutions and numerous others online.
And after much thought, research, discussion with my love, Melissa, best friends Angelyn and Hui (all the way from TIE-ONE and SING-GAR-PUR....AH), and of cos my puppy, Oscar (who kept whining bout me going off), we have settled on Cross-Cultural Solutions. :D
I wouldn't want to put you through so much despair as to have to read the reasons why I chose CCS, but maybe i'll just mention why I chose to go to Cape Town, South Africa.
For starters, and so you can rest assured that I am going to be completely honest with you in my writing from here on out, it was the only 1 of 2 programs that had dates I could make.
Secondly, I wanted to do something relating to the community and people, and something maybe health-related. Of course, I have not been sorted in my placement yet but i'm sincerely hoping I'll be placed in one of these categories. It'll definitely give me some experience in helping people from other cultures, and in general, just helping people.
Thirdly, I wanted to immerse myself in a different culture. And how cool and intriguing is the African culture???
Fourthly, I wanted to do a volunteer program in a country outside of Australia, South-East Asia and Asia, where i've spent most of my life. To really get a taste of a whole new world, I wanted to go somewhere totally different to any place i've ever been before.
And Lastly, it's really cos I wanted to make my life count for something. That one day i can look back and know that I've actually done something for someone else and helped them in a way that really did matter. Definitely, i"m hoping this will be the pioneering trip that will spearhead a whole series of overseas volunteering, but rest assured, I wont keep bugging you everytime I go one one (maybe).
So thanks again for visiting. Stay tuned to updates and come along on this journey with me. :)
Current happenings: Currently looking at flights to Capetown.
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