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A week in Olympia and goodbye to Bellingham

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Welcome to a glimpse into my trip!

I hope to update this every so often with photos and comments and reflections and updates, for those who are interested in my escapades. Feel free to share the url with anyone.

I miss you all, and love from Olympia! I leave for Boston on Monday, June 28th to interview with Partners in Health. For those of you who haven't read Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, you should pick up a copy and see how Paul Farmer's work in international community-based healthcare is changing paradigms and changing the world. It will explain why I am dying to be a part of this incredible, visionary organization. Tuesday I meet with staff in Boston to see what I can do.

Here's the rough itinerary for the summer:

June 28th and 29th -- Boston, interview with Partners in Health
June 30th -- fly to Dusseldorf
July 1st-6th -- train to Amsterdam, explore the city, my Dutch roots, and day-trip to Leiden's university
July 6th -- train to London to stay with my host sister from Barcelona, Estel, who is studying to become a lawyer and there for a month this summer to further improve her excellent English.
July 8th -- fly to Barcelona and spend several days with Montse and Ramona, my old host family
July 12th-21st -- explore the parts of Spain I have never seen
July 22nd -- take a ferry from Barcelona to Livorno, Italy.
July 23rd-26th -- explore Genova, my Italian roots, and northern Italy's villages and wine country
July 27th-29th -- explore Rome's museums and see the Vatican
July 29th -- fly out of Rome for Bolivia
July 30th -- arrive in Bolivia and work for 6 weeks with CISNE
September 16th -- fly to Miami and then San Francisco to spend a couple of days with my grandparents and aunties
September 20th -- return to Bellingham!!!

For those of you who I haven't told about the work I will be doing in Bolivia, CISNE (or, SWAN in English) is a tiny organization run by Terry Gifford of Sedro-Woolley whom I met at the International Opportunities Fair at WWU in the late winter. The organization gives $300 loans to women to start businesses, allowing them to be self-sufficient, provide for their families, and educate their children. I will be the fourth intern to go, and will help out with all aspects of the operation. Check out the website and photos of some of the new businesses at http://www.swanforhumanity.org/.

PLEASE CONSIDER A SMALL DONATION TO CISNE! They have a minuscule operating budget, and are having trouble paying for things like an internet connection. I have bought all my own airfare with support from my generous grandparents. If you can give anything, it would be greatly appreciated, hugely needed, and extremely rewarding. It only takes $300 to get a woman's business up and running, and when she pays back her loan, it goes to another woman: a gift that keeps on going, paying forward. Just follow the donations link on the webpage.

Keep in touch! I will be checking my facebook and gmail but I currently do not anticipate having cell phone access after the 30th of June. If you will be near my anticipated path this summer, drop me a line! I would love to meet up.

Cheers,

Isabel

Posted by isabel1023 12:27 Archived in USA Tagged preparation

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