Sunday, December 7, 2014

Blog 4

I haven't made much progress since the last time I blogged.  There is still a lot I need to figure out: a group to travel through, set a date, book a ticket before prices rise, a way to raise money, and I'm still looking for a mentor.  I have begun brainstorming some ideas for a way to raise money, and I'm thinking the best way would be to customize t-shirts, the same way Kitty McKay raised money to go to Africa last year.

Next week I'm going to begin looking harder for organizations and the requirements needed to travel.  I'm also going to look at the days I would be traveling and for plane tickets to get a general idea of how much money I will need to raise.  I will also begin to brainstorm about the design of the t-shirts.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


My idea has proven to be harder to start on than I originally thought.  I have been searching online for a program that I can travel through, and have unfortunately found nothing.  On the bright side, I have finally decided the country in which I wish to travel to: Guatemala.  After doing some research, I discovered that there are many cities within Guatemala that are in need of people to help occupy and teach children while adults are able to help re-build/build a nicer community for these families to live in.  I have not yet heard back on any news from anyone or reached out, so I will need to speak with     Mr. Provenzano, and am still in need of a mentor.

Along with finding a program, I still have not yet thought about a way to raise money for a trip.  Then again, once I figure out when I am able to go I will have to look online for a plane ticket so I can come up with an idea that will raise the amount needed.
As I have been working with this project, I am getting very excited about finally being able to do something I am actually very passionate about.  On the other hand, I am also very fearful.  Growing up in Grosse Pointe means being trapped in this sort of community bubble.  
Before I was given the chance to participate in 20 Time, I had never really given any sort of thought to what conditions people in less fortunate areas of the world live in, and how some children are not offered a chance to have a real education.  It's really scary for me to think that I would be jumping out of my comfort zone and traveling to a completely different country (probably by myself).  But, my worst fear is that I'll arrive and discover that I'm not actually passionate about what I thought I was.  This could be a one time opportunity for me to be able to do something good for others in a different country, and I'm afraid that I'll end up hating it more than anything and want to go home.  

If anyone reading has any ideas or knowledge of a program for me to travel through or a way to raise money, I would really appreciate you sharing with me!!  Thanks for reading! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

2nd Blog Post

For me and my project, last Friday was more of a brainstorming day, so nothing very exciting  has happened with the planning.  I have started to seek out programs that will allow 15 year olds to travel and also allow me to teach the children (most programs I found were medical help only).  Also, I've began to think of a non-dangerous and an inexpensive place to travel to.  I also still need to figure out a way to raise money for me for travel expenses, so there's still a lot for me to think and decide on.  By this Friday I hope to find a program with what I'm looking for and to have a country decided on.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

First Blog Post!

Hi!  I'm a student at Grosse Pointe South.  Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, I have become, what some people say, your typical Grosse Pointer.   Being trapped in the GP "bubble" I never thought to expanded on my horizons and haven't given thought to the way that others are forced to live in other areas around the world.  So, for my project, I hope to raise money to go on a mission trip to help educate kids who can't afford any type of education.

When Mr. Provenzano first introduced the idea of 20 Time, I immediately knew exactly what I wanted to do.  But as I gave it more thought, I became scared and wanted to try and find another idea that wouldn't be as risky, but I realized this is a topic that I have been passionate about for a while now.  I am still undecided as to how I will raise the money for the trip.