life swap

sometimes i see people's lives and wish that, just for one day, i could take their place. just to see what it'd be like.

i came across this article about grad student jennifer strecker, who is completing her field placement doing work with refugees in camps in kenya for her master's program, and i couldn't help but think how incredible and life-changing an experience that would be. if i were to do something like that, i'd want it to have a more humanitarian side to it (as opposed to academic) however, it'd a spectacular opportunity & experience nonetheless.

similarly, my sister is looking to do some work abroad, but is most currently trying to decide what country & organization she'd like to go with. she'd been eyeing this program that (amongst other things) helps to prepare young adults in africa for university level study, which seems like a perfect match because she's a natural teacher and a giving, caring person to boot.

someday, i'll get myself up to that level. but for now, i'll have to start small... i've done some volunteer work while i was in high school but somehow it ended up falling by the wayside as i hit university (as financial need and that pesky GPA required constant maintenance), but i'd love to see it garner some more attention in my spare time. i miss it.

for more information on jennifer and updates to her travels, visit her blog


blazedanielle said...

Very cool! There are a lot of amazing opportunities to help others, and everyone can help - even if it is something small!

Julia said...

Oh, Court, that would be the most amazing experience! I hope your sister gets to do that program!

I'm in the process of figuring out what I would need to take for my pre-reqs for nursing school! For the simple fact that I would love to do something more!

blazedanielle said...

Hey there! :) I just wanted to tell you that I'm having a wee contest over at the blog! :)

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!


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