Friday, February 3, 2012

Studying Abroad- AFS Turkey

Hello lovely people!  As I'm sure you know by now, I am hoping to study abroad for my Senior year of high school in the wonderful country called Turkey with AFS.  That is, if I don't get into YES Abroad.  The past few years I have looked around at my mile high and mountainous home, and tried to imagine myself in the land beyond it.  At first it was Japan, then it moved to France and Brazil.  Then I began to truly think about what I wanted to do.  For years I have heard snipes and genuine fury at the Islamic religion.  Being a fairly non-judgmental person, I tried to see past the acts that lead to this extreme anger.  I decided what better way to quell people's fears about the unknown, than to jump in headfirst and learn all I could.  So here I am today.  Applying for a year abroad to a predominantly Muslim country.  My excitement can't even be put down in words.

However, an obstacle stands in my way.  The AFS year program to Turkey cost $12,500.  Even if I were to receive the $3,000 Global Leaders scholarship, it's a considerable sum.  I plan to work all summer, hosting at a restaurant, doing hair, running fundraisers for my cause, and possibly making things and selling them.  Even through doing this, I will need a bit of help.  If I were to receive the YES scholarship, everything would be paid for.  I have to work a lot harder to make AFS Turkey happen.

If you would be kind enough to donate through my ChipIn button, I would be eternally grateful.  Also note that if I am accepted into YES, any donations would be refunded to you.  This also ONLY goes towards AFS, I cannot use it to go on some wild shopping spree :)

Thank you so much!


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