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!