Oh man – it feels so GOOD to say that. When I don’t have a trip on my schedule I get all antsy. Now I’m just nervous/excited. Years ago I put “do a volunteer travel program” on my bucket list and now I’m going to check it off. I’ve signed up to travel for Habitat for Humanity and help do a build for about 10 days in, of all places, Nicaragua.
This is why I love doing this kind of stuff. When I did classes in Spain last year, I found myself in Salamanca, a little town I probably never would have visited, but that’s where the classes were, so I went. It was incredible and now it’s one of my favorite cities. Now I’m going on a new adventure. I would never have thought to go to Nicaragua. Latin America, while interesting, hasn’t been on my radar when it comes to “where should I go next”? Now it is, and I can’t wait to discover it.
Of course, the main reason people don’t travel often is because of the (lack of) dolla dolla bills. This, then, is my nudge, nudge, wink, wink to ask you to think about donating to my trip. The cost for my 10 day stint, sans airfare, is just under $2000. This covers the transportation to the build site, funded by Habitat, my lodging while there, all building materials, paying the construction manager (a local Nicaraguan), food, and then additional funds to make sure this, and other Habitat builds, can keep on going. Obviously, I believe in the cause and it would be wonderful if you could donate just for that.
However, I’m going to give you a bit more incentive. In an effort to sweeten the pot, I’m putting in my own milestones. If you donate, you get more than just a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. I offer the following prizes:
DONATE and you will receive:
$15 – A picture of your name written in the sand (we’re building on the beach) with a thank you – likely a thumbs up with be included.
$30 – Your name written in the sand and a handwritten Nicaraguan postcard.
$50 – Your name written in the sand or a handwritten Nicaraguan postcard (you pick!) and a Nicaraguan souvenir (no idea what, yet, but I’ll find something cute!).
$100+ – A video of me dancing and singing obnoxiously to any song you’d like. This will likely be done on the beach but, as I’m going to need the assistance from people I have yet to meet, I’m not going to promise a location just yet. If I get a lot of these I may limit the length of the song since this will be highly embarrassing. You’re welcome. You can also get the name in the sand, postcard, and souvenir too 🙂
I know! WHO can resist?! Did I mention that your donation is tax-deductible? BECAUSE IT IS. So much good!
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