Get the Lead Out and Head South

Trip Start Aug 01, 2006
Trip End ??? ??, 2007

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Friday, February 17, 2006

So, the cat's out of the bag! Yes, I'm planning on going to Honduras. But, it has not been an easy decision, even from the beginning.

When my friend, Steve, told me about his daughter, Jasmine, already teaching in Cofradia, I thought, "This is it! This is what I've wanted to do, for years." I quickly tore through a book Steve recommended, "Mountains Beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder (if you want to read a book about changing the world for the better, I highly recommend this book. You can get it at Barnes & Noble and at Amazon). It's a true story about a young medical student, Paul Farmer, who decides to set up shop in Haiti. He wants to make a difference and change the squalid conditions the people he met, on an earlier trip, were living in. He's crazy, but his story can move you. It moved me, and maybe I'm just as crazy. His story moved me so much that I decided to go ahead and apply for the job in Cofradia.

The idea of applying for this teaching position had been germinating for several weeks. While reading "Mountains Beyond Mountains" I had discussed the idea with family, in January, on a ski trip to Snowshoe.

- This guy, Paul Farmer is amazing!
- Am I crazy for even thinking about such an adventure?
- Am I too old, too tired, etc.?
- Is this really how I want to contribute to the universe?
- I've thought about something like this for years, why not now?
- If not now, when?
- What will I do with all my belongings, my job?
- What about all the friends I'll be leaving behind?
- Do I have the energy to make all new friends?
- God, I'm old!!!

I was aware of feeling excitement, fear, anxiety, uncertainty, the pebbles under my toes slipping over the edge as I stood unsure on this new cliff of decision. And I jumped...

So on February 16, at 11:43, on a ski trip to Vail, in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, Leadville (BFE), CO, and after all the guys on the trip had already gone to bed, feeling exhausted, but excited, and daring, but scared, I hooked into the condo's wireless network, logged onto BECA (Bilingual Education for Central America) - Volunteer to Teach in Cofradia, Honduras, gasp, Web site, clicked on the "Volunteer to Teach" link, took the "BECA Quiz," and began the application process. I felt elated. I felt like all the stars, through the cold, crisp winter air were twinkling for me. Now, when I look back it seems ironic that I finally made this move from, of all places, Leadville. I feel asleep that night with visions of giggling Honduran children dancing in my head.
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