In just one week... I'll be on my way to Tanzania
My fundraising extra for Faraja went a little less smooth than planned, but it only makes me more determined to make all my goals when I get back! Thanks to family and friends, I've got a good start with a little less than $600, and it will only continue to grow! The biomedical engineering department has made a separate account for me to fundraise in to make sure I keep track of all of my donations dedicated to the cookbook project for Faraja. I think it will be even better fundraising upon my return because I'll have seen everything and know exactly what's happening and what's needed. It is so hard in today's economy to fundraise, but with the right ideas and motivation, it definitely still works! I think the cookbook is going to be a great hit and am excited to see what I can come up with and the things I'll learn.
After taking it all in, I am really excited and nervous to see what it will be like going over by myself, with no coordinator or student group making sure I'm settled in and have my assigned tasks. I hope I can make a video while I'm there to really show everything and what it is like being there.I'm hoping my camera holds out! There's nothing I hate more with my little point and shoots than the "lens error" sign of death in a camera, and mine has done that a few times... so just hoping it can last at least until the end of the summer!
What I'm most excited about is being able to meet and work with the amazing people I've been e-mailing back and forth this entire time. I cannot wait to see how their organizations are run and what all I can do to help. This will be the longest time I've been away from the U.S. and I think it's going to be one of the best experiences I'll have, learning new things throughout the entire trip.
For right now, I've been enduring a seemingly never-ending packing process. I ordered a few things on amazon prior to leaving school including flashlights, a filter water bottle, adapters, binders, and books. I made sure I'd make it into my doctor's office right when I got home to get my anti-malarial meds and it has been proven difficult yet again to beat the tricky insurance policies of only allowing a month supply to be covered at a time. For some reason they don't have any exceptions for "extended vacations" past two months. I am going shopping tomorrow in hopes to find a nice, lightweight sleeping bag and a set of tools to bring over. You never know when a soldering iron, screw driver, or hammer will come in handy in Tanzania (and don't forget epoxy, duct tape, and chocolate!). I'm sure I'll be going crazy with last minute details as this week comes to a close. I couldn