Shan's Making a Difference in Jamaica

For: Shannon Whissell
Organizer: Shannon Whissell
Shan's Making a Difference in Jamaica (Shannon Whissell)
of $2,000 goal.
Raised by 9 donors
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The Story

On September 19 I leave for Kingston Jamaica for 6 months. I will be working with Jamaican colleageues, living with co-volunteers, sharing my skills, growing through experiences that I can't even imagine from my current vantage point in Canada.

I am volunteering via CUSO International with a Jamaican charity, where I will share my communications & business marketing skills to help strengthen the charitable sector in that country.

While CUSO is great about taking care of their volunteers' basic financial needs, there are expenses I will have to meet with which I'd truly appreciate your help. Some of these expenses include:

  • pre-departure assesment & training costs
  • visa application expenses
  • dental repairs (CUSO's health screening process requires any outstanding dental work to be completed before departure)
  • first month's expenses (CUSO pays for housing & an in-country living allowance, but it can take up to a month to receive the first payment)
  • a first-aid kit

I am under no delusions that it this new kind of life will be easy. That's okay - my dream isn’t of an easy life, it is of a difference-making life of adventure. 

Every dollar, but even more so every note of encouragement, and *fingers crossed* everyone who visits me in Kingston is a blessing. Thanks for considering if you can help. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 10, 2015

Posted on February 10, 2015

It is amazing to me that my time here in Jamaica is winding to a close already. I have just three weeks left to soak in the sunshine, learn what there is yet for me to learn, continue to serve in the ways there are for me to serve, and see the parts of Jamaica I've yet to see. 

I have been so inspired here by Jamaicans who see what's wrong and want to right it, and by my fellow volunteers

Huge huge thanks to everyone who has supported me already with love, encouragement, connection and finances.  

Posted on September 18, 2014

Posted on September 18, 2014

I cannot believe I actually leave in three days. At this time on Saturday I'll be boarding the plane; at this time on Sunday I'll be settling into my Kingston apartment. :) 

I have been so moved by the encouragement and support I've been show. LOVE LOVE LOVE you all! 

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