When I listed this as a 27 goal, I didn’t have a set plan in mind. If pressed, I thought maybe I’d go somewhere for a week-long mission trip of sorts. And I’d probably go somewhere in Central or South America.
Somewhere relatively close, for a relatively short period of time.
Suffice it to say, I was a little off. And by a little, I mean by about 11 weeks and several thousand miles.
Because the current plan is this:
In roughly two months Husband and I will be leaving for a three-month volunteer stint with the Umbrella Foundation. In Nepal.
We’ve both wanted to travel and volunteer, but it’s never been the right time – a common excuse. After reading Conor Grennan’s Little Princes (I can’t recommend it enough), we decided that we could make it the right time.
It was completely within our control to seize this opportunity and have our volunteering adventure.
So that’s what we’re doing.
We’ll be spending three months working with children who have been displaced, orphaned, or trafficked – living near them, sharing meals with them, organizing activities for them, and, undoubtedly, learning from them.
Part of the preparation for this volunteer work is, naturally, fundraising, which covers both volunteer and kid costs.
If you feel so inclined, please visit our fundraising page, where you can also learn a little more about the trip and the inspiration behind it. If not, that’s okay, too, but I still encourage you to read Little Princes if you get the chance.
It’s rare that I call a book life-changing, but for this one, I can’t think of a better way to describe it.