Here we go again!

Hello!

I’ve missed you.

Really.

Guess what?

I’m doing this again.

What, you ask?

Why, a trip.

And a (self-induced) savings challenge to support it.

But this trip isn’t just any trip. It will be remarkably new and certainly life-changing. I’m traveling to Phnom Penh, Cambodia in the fall to serve as a leadership resident for the Harpswell Foundation. I learned of this organization when Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’s Dreams (which I plan to read, toute suite), visited my beloved Agnes Scott College several years ago. The mission is to to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia and the developing world.

After I heard Lightman speak about the Harpswell Foundation’s devotion to young women’s education, I wanted to go then, immediately, with no reservations. But the minimum time commitment is three months, and I didn’t have three months then. Fortunately, I do have the time at the end of this year, and I couldn’t be more excited.

My role will be to teach English and mentor young women attending college in Phnom Penh. The women come from rural areas of Cambodia and are selected to stay in the Harpswell dormitory based on intelligence and leadership potential. See one student’s story here:

I will also do a special project, which I imagine will involve digital literacy. (New media, sparking communication, creating change… I believe these are all connected!)

While this work feeds my soul and pulls my heartstrings and makes me smile, it does not come without a healthy dose of financial planning. And there may be some fundraising (FUNdraising??) efforts involved as well. I will detail these journeys, and ask for your moral support along the way.

More to come.

In the meantime, please enjoy these images of Angkor Wat, the Khmer temple and the world’s largest religious building, four hours outside Phnom Penh:

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I cannot wait.

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8 replies »

  1. Im so happy your blog is back! I know I will turn to it a lot as I begin saving for grad school and life ahead. So proud to have friends that go out and do work because it “feeds our souls”. What better reason is there to do anything. Excited for your next adventure and for spending some time together before you embark on it.

    • Thanks so much Alison! I’m so excited for your grad school adventures. I’ll make sure to link to good resources when I find them re: saving for school. xo

    • Thanks Erica!! Let me know if there are any post topics you want to see! Traveling to DC this summer will be part of this discussion for sure. (woohoo!)

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