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