So I have known about this group/foundation since I was in grade 9 and maybe even before that. I helped raise money to build schools in several countries over the few years in high school. I also participated in the docudrama's my school put on as the means for fundraising. We covered a wide range of topics, child soldiers, slave labour, sex-trafficing among others that need to be stopped. We wanted our school to be educated in the goings on around the world and to show them just how great live is on this side of our not always beautiful world.
While in high school my principle knew of my passion to help and told me about the trips that were put on by Free the Children annually to various countries to build schools and help local communities but the rules on how you make the money for the trip were a little difficult for me. The amount had to be fully fundraised and I was not prepared to fund raise $5,000, as much as I would have loved to.
Recently, a friend of mine was talking about going to Ghana in the summer to build schools as a volunteer opportunity and I said, Tell me when, tell me how much. I have always wanted to do it and furthering this renewed excitement I looked to FTC to see what countries they had trips to and it seems it has expanded since I was first told about it. I wanted to come up with a few fundraising ideas and I'm not sure about whether I will have the time to fundraise all that money for the trip I'd like to go on in May. The locations vary in price (and of course me with the expensive taste) I chose the location with the highest price tag. If I cannot raise the funds over the next few months I will take the opportunity to begin fundraising now and continue to do so over the next year so that I can attend a trip next year.
While on the FTC site I came across their current job listings and found the perfect job for me. Although the line of this job is not my dream job it still has me working with the group that I want to teach. It was a position for a Youth Group Coordinator and let me tell you, reading out the description of this job to my dad had even him saying "Sydnee, that describes you to a T." The only problem is that you need to have completed post-secondary education, and I am only in my 3rd year of University. I was actually a little disappointed that I wasn't a few years older. If this job post is open in a couple years I will be in the application line for it. Then realizing that it would be a little while I was just clicking around and then tada! another opportunity that I would love to take advantage of: an internship. Problem is, although my degrees don't need to be completed to get an internship, it is listed as very demanding and so it's impossible to be in school and partake in the 8-10 month internship. So my poor little heart was stomped on again. But I am most definitely thinking about this internship after finishing my undergrad if I don't go straight into my Masters program. I think either the internship or the Youth Coordinator would be amazing opportunities and life experiences.
So here's to the future and all the doors left open!