Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Getting excited...

On Friday I sent off my visa application (I will need one to enter Paraguay), and then today my extremely large packet of training materials arrived from AMIGOS, full of good information about health, safety, community development, my role as a volunteer, and pretty much anything else I am going to need to know to make this summer successful and productive for me and the community of San Pedro, Paraguay.
I really getting excited now, and it's definitely starting to seem real. I keep getting donations from friends and family, thank you all so much. I've still got a long way to go but the progress made has been absolutely incredible.
I am going to start my online training soon, it's due by May 8th (right in the middle of finals), so it's time to get to work! No time like the present...


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Progress Update

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for all your support so far! And am extremely happy to report that between contributions from my friends through my Facebook group called $2 for Elizabeth and Paraguay, my extra work hours, and the extremely wonderful contributions I have received in the mail thus far, the amount raised as of today, Wednesday March 25th, 2009 is $547! Thank you so much! If this great success rate continues I will be able to reach my goal of $4400 in no time.

People have been really receptive and excited for me and my experience this summer so I want to thank everyone for that. Especially my friends at school who will hand me $2 without me even asking for it, and to everyone who has mailed in checks, I appreciate it so much.

In addition to the fundraising efforts I have applied for two grants through Boston College, one through the Film Studies department and one called an Advanced Study Grant. I am waiting to hear if these grants will work out (I should hear by mid-April). These grants would also be an extreme help! I have already been awarded the Film Studies grant for $1000 (called the Jacques Salmanowitz Documentary grant) which would involve making a short documentary while in Paraguay, but I can't accept it unless my documentary proposal is approved by AMIGOS, Plan Paraguay, and the host community, so fingers crossed!

Thanks for everything,


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Let the Fundraising Begin!

I'm back from a FANTASTIC spring break service trip in Aberdeen, North Carolina to work with Habitat for Humanity through Boston College's Appalachia volunteer program! The experience was amazing, I met a bunch wonderful people and had an absolutely fabulous time.

Now that I'm back I'm shifting into high gear in my preparations for Paraguay, including FUNDRAISING! I mailed the first round of letters on Monday, and I'll be sending out another batch tomorrow to ask for support. I'm also going to make a Facebook group and ask that my friends support me by donating $2 a person to AMIGOS in my name. Every little bit helps!

Check out the Amigos de las Americas website if you'd like to learn more about the non-profit before donating, and I'm happy to answer any questions as well!