As an internationally minded individual, I have been an avid backpacker/traveler for many years. Having traveled to some of the most remote places on earth with limited belongings, I have been able to make a little go a long way. After visiting most of the National Parks within the continental US, I gained courage, and traveled up to Alaska, where I lived on the Homer Spit, in the Kenai Peninsula. Four months later, I completed the 50 state tour with Hawaii. After putting a dent into the US, it was time to take on the next challenge, and begin to travel abroad. Submersion was one of the best forms of education to practice foreign languages, and learn about new cultures and traditions.
As a result, I am a big believer that traveling is the best form of education, and empowers young individuals, while decreasing fear and ignorance. With two teenage nieces, who are also internationally minded, I want to encourage self-esteem building activities that will help them gain confidence, and am fundraising by selling clothing items for the following charities.
1. “Empowering Youth Through Travel”
Empowering Youth Through Travel is a charity whose mission is to empower urban teens through hands-on learning of current, worldly issues; developing global leaders equipped with the skills to enact positive change at home and abroad. Students participate in community service and partner with non-governmental organizations and institutions.”
2. “Where There Be Dragons.com” Learning adventures in the developing world.
“Dragons programs are authentic, rugged and profound learning adventures that expose the beautiful and complex realities of the countries in which they travel. Featuring extended itineraries, Dragons programs encourage deep immersion into strikingly different physical and cultural landscapes, combining the best in experiential education, travel, service learning, and physically and intellectually challenging experiences.” www.wheretherebedragons.com
Article by Sharon Abella