Posts Tagged With: South America


Jan. 11, 2012:

Hello from Guyana!

Just wanted to let you know that we’ve arrived safely and have been staying in a guest house in Georgetown since Monday morning. The house is about two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, so we walk up there most days and spend some time exploring the beach! How nice. It’s a pretty neat feeling to be standing on the edge of South America!!!! We will be traveling to St. Cuthbert’s tomorrow morning, so that will be very exciting! The weather is gorgeous! I only have a couple of mosquito bites so far, and somehow managed to get slightly sunburned yesterday, though I was either inside all day or sitting in the shade! So I’m not exactly sure how that happened! Anyway, everything is going great and we’ve been doing some orientation activities for the last couple of days.

I will write again soon when we make it to the village and get everything set up! We are all doing fine and I love it here!!! Talk to you all soon!

Love Allison

Youth Centre we stayed at in Georgetown

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The decision

Oct. 5, 2011:

Hi everyone!

I wanted to share with you some exciting news that I’ve just recently confirmed. As many of you know, over the last few months I’ve been looking into some international volunteer/work options, and I’ve finally come across an opportunity that feels right.

I’m happy to say that I will be volunteering in South America for 3 months starting in January with an international development organization called Youth Challenge International. Although I don’t know any concrete details about the location or project content yet (that will come closer to my departure date), my placement is in Guyana and I will most likely be living in a remote community a couple hours out of Georgetown, the capital.

I think it will be an amazing experience and I’m really looking forward to getting started! The first step, however, is to fundraise! Youth Challenge International has requested that I raise $3900 which will go towards program costs, including accommodation, meals, transport, security, and program materials for the volunteers throughout our stay in Guyana.

I know it seems like a lot, and is a bit of a daunting task for me at the moment, but I think I am ready for the challenge! I’m prepared to pay for any outstanding costs leading up to my departure, but I would still really appreciate any donations you could offer! As they say, every dollar counts!!! Here’s the link to my personal fundraising page on YCI’s website.

Thank you all so much! Please let me know if you are interested in learning more about the project I’ll be working on or about the organization itself. I’ve included the link to their website below.


Youth Challenge International

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I finally did it!

Hello everyone!

Well, the title of this first post basically says it all! I’ve been meaning to get this blog started for quite some time now, and I finally got around to it! Though it’s way past due, I’m excited to finally have a place to share my thoughts and stories, and to post photos and videos from my travels.

Ideally, this blog will become my voice while I’m away, expressing the most exciting, interesting, and challenging parts of my adventures abroad.

I will start with the inspiration for this blog, which happens to be my recent volunteer experience in Guyana, South America. This was my first solo adventure abroad, and it is certainly one I never want to forget! Though I regret not starting this blog before I left for Guyana, I think I would regret not including it here at all even more! So, better to post about it late than never, I say!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll begin recounting my experiences, as well as reflecting on my time abroad and (hopefully) continue to discover ways it has impacted me.

Once I finish with Guyana, the plan is to move onto the next adventure! As there is never a shortage of opportunities for adventure out there, I should be a busy girl!

Stay tuned!

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