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Johnny C Rocks The Planet

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John Chuidian

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I'm Johnny C, and I've been traveling all of my life. Since I was a child, I wanted to write about my adventures and take pictures, it's always been my dream. Now I am a graduate student in UCSD's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, and I just got an internship with ChildFund International. The position has me traveling to Indonesia going around Java to different schools in the rural and urban areas helping with early childhood development, playing with kids, talking to families, tutors, and teachers, blogging and analyzing it.

As a result of this opportunity to work with a great organization, I am finally in a position where I have the equipment and resources that allow me to not only live out my dreams, but share them with people in hopes of inspiring them to travel the world and ideally, even join in making a difference. When you travel the world, you begin to fall in love with the world and want to do more than just sit by and do nothing.

For example, when I first went scuba diving, I realized how important it is to save our oceans from dynamite fishing, pollution, extermination of sharks and dolphins, whaling, and overfishing, and this is also from seeing the big contrast in beauty from diving in the Philippines to diving in California. Building upon that, I hope my videos of a simple young man traveling the world can show people there's plenty of beauty worth protecting, and issues we may not be aware of that we can contribute to make a difference in, whether it's writing to world leaders to take action or lending money to people worldwide on Kiva (microfinance) to alleviate global poverty. It all begins with the first step and building up, which is how I went from promoting causes through Amnesty International letter-writing campaigns to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and now this summer internship in Indonesia.

So why is now the perfect time? It's not only do I have the travel opportunity and film equipment, but because social media is here. I can update regularly via blogging and photo sharing sites like my WordPress or Flickr accounts, and I can post videos on YouTube. Information, knowledge, and adventure all at the click of a button. This Indonesia expedition is only the beginning if you help me out: I could be in Uganda next year with the NGO Angels for Angels, I could be traveling wherever I feel there's a story to be told and adventures to be had.

I already feel great about my writing, am always trying to improve my photography skills, and am still growing with the medium of film. By supporting this campaign, you are helping me 1) pay for production costs (backups for data, video editing, and equipment), 2) travel preparation (immunizations, insurance, tickets and visas, and potential emergencies). It's a lifelong dream, and I can not thank all those who offer their hand in support of living it.

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