Alright guys, so here’s what’s going to be happening for me this fall: I’m moving to Southeast Asia for 1 year to do volunteer work and teach English abroad! Before I embarked on my year abroad to Brazil, I was intent on returning straight to University, but obviously things have changed.
Don’t get me wrong, I certainly do intend on finishing my degree, but that’ll just have to wait until next year.
Pfff, why not! In my opinion, the pros of this journey to S.E. Asia definitely weigh out the cons. Vamos lá!
1. I will be doing volunteer work to better the lives of the less fortunate; nothing on earth is more rewarding than helping people who need and deserve it.
2. Opening my mind to the conditions of others extremely less fortunate than I am will be a great learning experience, and helps with having appreciation for what is commonly taken for granted.
3. I will truly learn how to fend for myself, as I really will only have myself to rely on.
4. A strong desire within me yearns to become closer to a part of my heritage, which I expect to happen when I go to Cambodia.
5. I will learn. A lot.
6. A majority of scholarship options that I currently have for college will still be valid after I spend this year abroad, so bam, ya girl is still responsible!
My decision to take this year has shocked many people around me, but the reactions I’ve gotten have mainly been positive. A few instances have even occurred where some of the more conservative people in my life have shown support for me. For example, my mother. She was utterly horrified when I broke the news to her that I wouldn’t be attending college this fall because I will instead be going to spend a year teaching and doing volunteer work in Southeast Asia. But after I explained to her my motives, assured her that I haven’t turned into a clueless hippie (which she did think I had turned into), and that I do strongly intend to pursue a higher education did she accept my plans this fall. Now, my mother even says that she is proud of me for embarking on this new journey. Here’s to supporting those you love!
Also, I just booked my ticket to Phnom Penh, Cambodia!