Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Chance to Travel

In both my Animal Science class and my Biology class, a woman came in to talk to us about a volunteer program that takes groups of people to various places around the world to work with kids, or animals, or construction for two weeks in the summer. Being the animal lover that I am, I went onto their website to see the kinds of trips to work with animals that they're planning for this next summer.

To my absolute delight, they had a trip planned to go to Asia to work with Elephants! I absolutely love elephants! They're not my favorite animal but they have a lot of meaning to me. So, after staring at the application for a long time, I applied!

A few days later, I got an email saying that I was accepted into the group for the trip, and they had attached all the other information that I needed.

Now, that's all super exciting, but as soon as I read that I was accepted, I had this attitude of "Just kidding! I don't really want to do it!" because it's such an intimidating idea to me! I would love to go, and I would love to work with the elephants, but it would be such a long flight to a place that's really far away from people that I know and love.

When I was talking to my mom she said that my reaction to being accepted was really common, and that I shouldn't let it stop me if I do indeed want to go.

I've had friends who have gone of similar trips like the one that I applied for, but they were never working with animals. One went to help teach children English, another went to work in an orphanage to help with health care, and another went with her church to help set up church buildings in another country.

However, I've never been out of the country before! Which sounds kind of sad, but it's true. I've actually only been to a handful of states (the ones close by my own state), and I've only been on an airplane once (It was a 2 hour flight in a tiny plane). So if I did officially decide to go on this trip and pay them the flight costs, I'd be leaving the country for the first time and going on my first long air plane ride.

I'm not very worried about having access to electronics, because obviously I won't be able to use my phone while I'm there anyway because my phone plan only covers the United States. As long as there's a place to charge my camera batteries, I'm golden! It would be pretty cool if I could also make blog posts about it while I'm there, but I'd survive if it waited until after I got back.

I'll keep you guys updated on what happens with it!

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