September 24, 2012
Off to Kenya
For those of you who don't know, I'm leaving today to go to Nairobi, Kenya for three months to volunteer for Jacaranda Health, a maternal health organization, writing code and doing tech support and whatever else they can find for me to do. The reason I can do this is because I've been at my job at Meetup for seven years, and I get a three month paid sabbatical.
I rarely go abroad and have never been to Africa. I don't think I've even left New York City for more than a few days in the past decade. So this'll be a big change for me.
People are surprised when I tell them what I'm doing, and I don't blame them. I've never voiced any interest in volunteering or Africa, and I really have no interest in children until they're old enough to talk about Pokemon. But, I wanted to take advantage of sabbatical, and I thought I'd go a little stir crazy without working for three months, so that on top of the fact that it would be nice to get out of the city for once, along with giving something back to the world made it seem like the thing to do.
My friend Veronica, who works with Doctors Without Borders, put my name out into that community, and the guys from Jacaranda Health got in touch, and a couple months later, I was packing my bags. The question I get asked the most, once we get the basics out of the way is, "How long's the flight?" Which seems like a weird and boring question, and one I also don't know the answer to, but whatever. I guess I'll find out today.
I really don't know what to expect, but I'll be updating this blog more than I usually do (which, I know, isn't saying that much), so watch this space.