Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Leaving On a Jet Plane

Hey Friends!

Tomorrow morning marks the beginning of a several day long journey that will eventually leave me in my home for the next three months: Kampala, Uganda.  All of your heartfelt responses and encouragements meant so much to me when I was in Zimbabwe, and I would love to have you all be a part of this next episode of my life.  I decided on a blog instead of the emails as a more efficient way of sharing my experiences and stories with you all.  Hopefully I can post some things that both inform as well as entertain.

After a day of orientation in Washington D.C., I will be partaking in the miracle of human flight.  Swapping one national capital for another, sooner or later I will arrive in Kampala. I will be living there all summer with several other interns from all over the US while working for the Global Health Fellows Program.  My specific internship will revolve around working with orphans and vulnerable children infected with HIV/AIDS; hopefully empowering them to improve the quality of their lives.  The GHFP did not have an intern in this position last year so I kind of get to make up what I will be doing all summer- pretty sweet job description J  When I know more, you will too!

I am looking forward to learning about the people, the culture, and the country and then sharing that with all of you. I think I will be able to be more in touch this summer than I was during my last trip so questions, comments, insights, or random thoughts are more than welcome and I will respond to them as quickly and completely as possible!

Lots of Love,

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.  Mark Twain