A Big Leap

I have always been one to play it safe. Maybe too safe, I’ve come to realize. After some thrilling smaller ventures away from my familiar life, I’m ready to take a big leap. Follow along on my volunteer journey to India.

I feel like I must post something! February 3, 2008

Filed under: pre-departure — Amy @ 12:24 am

I’ve been giving this address out and there’s nothing on it. I guess there’s just not much to say. I’m sitting in front of the TV in New York, feeling vaguely hungry since I ate 6 hours ago and watching a commercial for some kind of “green bag” that makes produce stay fresher.

In relation to my trip, I still don’t believe it’s real yet. The packing is starting to become real though. Also, saying goodbye to work people and families I babysit for has become real and sad. I know it will be worth it and I know it will be the same on the other end when I’m leaving India.

I don’t have definitive news on my placement, but I received an e-mail from my program manager on Friday saying the in-country staff has 2 options for me and were wondering if I had a preference. The first is a mobile créche for the children of migrant workers in the Delhi slums. The second is Mother Teresa’s orphanage. I wrote back immediately and expressed a strong preference for the orphanage, since essentially the reason I’m going is because I want to work in an orphanage. I think I accidentally used the word “strongly” twice in the first sentence of my response! Oops. So I don’t want to celebrate getting the placement I wanted until I actually get it, and of course the CCS office is closed on weekends so I won’t hear anything either way until Monday.

For anyone who’s curious about the organization I’m going with: Cross-Cultural Solutions

I suppose that’s it for now – not much, but something at least so the page isn’t empty! Tomorrow I will buy the right sized suitcase and some more clothes, while I try not to freak about packing.


One Response to “I feel like I must post something!”

  1. Kevin Abernathy Says:

    Bye, Amy. Have a wonderful trip. We will miss you so much and will be thinking about you and wishing you all the best.
    Stay in touch.

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