Destination Life Change - Malawi

Monday, July 11, 2011

I'm not really sure how to start this whole thing out. There really aren't words that can properly express how excited and grateful I am to be able to have this experience. 

For those who didn't get a screaming phone call (Geoff), a crazy neurotic message (Tracey and Au) or maybe didn't see my Facebook post earlier, I got the news the other day that I had been chosen to travel to Malawi in November with World Vision and their "Destination Life Change" program. For those who don't know about the program, you can visit their website here: http://www.worldvision.ca/GetInvolved/Overseas-Trips/Pages/Overseas-Trips.aspx

I have always been touched by World Vision and all the work that they do for children and families in need in various parts of the world. My family has been very involved with them for as long as I can remember. However, lately I have been especially interested in doing some more travelling and especially visiting Africa. I knew very well that this was not a trip that I could just plan and book myself. When it comes to where I should go specifically in terms of safety and timing, I did not have nearly enough knowledge to even attempt that on my own. So then Mom and I started doing some serious research and we came across this program. Originally I had applied for their trip to Peru a few months ago. When I got the call that they received my application and wanted to set up a phone interview, I was really excited and said "great, how's tomorrow?". Then after I hung up, I looked on their website again, and realized that they had just announced a trip to Malawi. So then next day when Joanna called, I asked her if I could apply to that program instead. I knew that I had written in my application that my goal is to one day get to visit Africa. Her response was "sure, let's just switch that over now!" After almost a two hour interview, we hung up, and I was really optimistic. I found out on Friday, and I feel as if it made my year! 

So the goal of this particular trip is to travel to various villages and meet children and families at orphanages, hospitals, and schools in areas where World Vision focuses a lot of their support. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to meet everyone that I will meet and just immerse myself in the culture and day-to-day life of everyone where I will be. I know that at times I will struggle, and it will be hard and emotional, but it is so worth it to gain the experience. This is something that will change my life and that I can always look back on throughout my life.

Now, as always, there is a way that everyone can help! Before I leave, I need to find sponsors for five specific children where I will be visiting. The goal is to find sponsors for these kids, and then when I am there I get to meet them, and spend some time with them and bring back the memories for you to have. I can bring gifts from you for the kids, and of course you will always have the opportunity to correspond with them as often as you like. So if you would like to make a difference and sponsor a child, send me a message. There is a specific process to sponsor a child in relation to my trip, so I will give you more information and walk you through it. However, if you would like to just make a donation, give a gift, or sponsor a child anyway, feel free to visit the World Vision website ( www.worldvision.ca ) and find out how you can help.

I will be documenting every moment of this trip, and will be heavily involved in awareness and sharing my experience with everyone.

Thanks for all the love!
xoxo

Céline

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