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.