Rebecca's Trip to Guatemala
Organized by: Rebecca Roach
After presenting the poetry from my creative honors project about traveling abroad last year, Dr. Bunton, a physics professor at William Jewell College, introduced himself to me and mentioned how cool it would be to have a poet come along on the trip to Guatemala that he and a group of science students are taking this July. I was particularly touched by his words and thankful that he approached me with the opportunity even though I am not a science student! I loved the idea, but was not sure how to manage it, especially so last minute. But ultimately, I thought to myself, “if there’s a will, there’s a way.” This opportunity to travel, not for luxury or entertainment, but to serve the global community, to experience life in a developing country, and to exercise as never before my passion and future career as a poet is simply too good to pass up for the sake of finances.
I have the will and the skills: the desire to make a difference in the world through kindness, manual labor, and art. All I need is the way now, and raising my goal amount would provide it; it would cover the cost of the trip through Xela AID, roundtrip airfare, and other traveling expenses.
I plan to share the results of my writing and the inspiration I have found in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I don’t know yet what these results will be, but it is highly likely that the environment and images to which I will be exposed, as well as the activities and experiences I will have in a culture which is vastly different from my own, will persist beyond the week-long trip and into my writing at Purdue starting this fall.
I thank you so much for your interest and support. Any amount, large or small, gets me closer to my goal. You are truly making such a difference, in my life and in the lives of so many more around our beautiful world. We are all interconnected.
Much love--all that my heart contains,