Day 2

Three weeks in, and I’m just getting the time to update the site!  I have been incredibly busy with training in regards to my volunteer placement.  The good thing is that I have been taking notes.  My thoughts just need to be organized. I have three weeks of notes that need to be organized.  Ok, here goes – 2nd day of travel (July 3rd). Due to all the delays, I started off the day...>

Day 4 in the Philippines

July 5 Day 4 in the Philippines I was able to get a few more hours of sleep after the church sermon. I woke up feeling much more energized than the day before. I was excited to start my day. Walking through the lobby, I was greeted by the hotel staff with a joyous “Good morning, sir.” It was times like that that reminded me I was definitely in the Philippines. A large buffet...>

Travel Day!

The one day that has made the previous 100+ days an internal roller coaster, has come and gone. Looking back, it went by so quickly. I imagine when it’s all said and done, the next 4 months of my life may also go by quickly as well. Anyway, starting the day – I was drained. Imagine for 72 hours being excited, anxious, happy, disappointed, uncertain, and worried compounded by lack of sleep. Yeah, that’s...>

Day 3 in the Philippines

July 4 Day 3 in the Philippines Traditionally the 4th has been spent with friends and family. Seeing faces that I haven’t seen in a while, makes the 4th one of my favorite holidays. Ironically, same time last year, I was in the air flying to the Philippines. One thing to note is that there is a 12-hour time difference between the United States and the Philippines. In other words, jet lag is in...>

Gawad Kalinga USA and Cuso International Fundraiser

Come listen to the latest FilAm broadway artist to be signed by Manny Pacquiao’s talent management agency!  Additional entertainment will also be provided by Jacksonville’s own rising Filipino band – The Sunchase Drive Band! International artist Kirby Asunto will be performing at Maharlika Hall & Sports Grill June 28th.  While having several notable performances, her most recent includes performing the Philippine national anthem for the Manny Pacquiao fight on June 9, 2012 at MGM...>

Preparing to volunteer overseas! Part 1

I’ve been asked about the selection process and some of the preparations that I needed to take in regards to overseas volunteering.  I hope this series helps answer some of your questions. In my world, international volunteering has never been included in daily conversation. So this experience is definitely outside of my comfort zone. On top of that, during the selection process – for whatever reason when I thought about volunteering, the scene in...>