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I am raising money in order to spend 4 weeks volunteering abroad with Cross Cultural Solutions. My trip will focus on assisting and educating those affected by HIV and AIDs in Tanzania in Africa.

I am a current nursing student who is in the process of completing my second semester. My planned graduation date is May of 2011 and I will graduate with an Associate of Science in Nursing. Upon graduation, I plan on taking the NCLEX exam to become a Registered Nurse before I depart to Africa with Cross Cultural Solutions for an 4 week volunteer experience.

Cross Cultural Solutions is an organizations that provides volunteer opportunities across the world. I am planning on volunteer in Tanzania, Africa for 4 weeks in community development. The main focus in community development is on those affected with HIV and AIDS and assisting with educating the public on different aspects on overall health. There is a lack of resources in this area and the people in this country deserve to have access to the resources that they need as well as medical care. The people also need to be surrounded by those who care and are able to help them live a healthy life as possible. I also hope that I can also be involved in caregiving. There are many children in orphanges that need attention. Children are also being affected by HIV and AIDs and do not have caregivers available.

In order to participate in the volunteer and internship program, I will have to pay a $275 fee in order to secure my spot in the program. Volunteering in Tanzania for 4 weeks will cost me $3763. These fees include all meals, bottled water, transportation to and from the airport as well as within the country, and lodging at a home base for all of the volunteers. The fees do not include my airline ticket, immunizations, or passport. If I book my flight in advance, my round trip plane ticket will cost me anywhere from $1200-$1500. I have researched many other organizations, but I feel as though this is one of the safest and most credible volunteer abroad organization out there.

This would an amazing, life changing experience for me. The knowledge that I will gain from this experience would be invaluable. I would be able to completely submerge myself in a completely different culture and learn how others live and what others go through on a day-to-day basis. I have always had a passion for giving back to the community, and it would mean so much to me if I could give back to others in a community entirely different from my own. I am hoping and praying that this opportunity will be attainable. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Even though I plan on completing this program next summer in 2011, I will be documenting my experience the entire time and for those interested will create a website to share everything that I have experienced when I return home.

Thank you to anyone and everyone who can help me.

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