I was very pleased to dream up the possibility and find an organization to volunteer in Nepal this winter. I was gone about a month. Each day was filled with new experiences. I enjoy teaching and working with people until they feel the joy of learning. Working in a different language was a challenge but staff helped and did some interpreting. I enjoyed seeing cultural sites, mountains, farming areas, and eating the local food. I stayed with a host family and met other volunteers from many other countries. I recommend that everyone has an international experience and volunteer needs and opportunities are almost everywhere. Traveling helps us grow. I would love to present a program on this experience to local groups or talk with people who may want to volunteer international. I went with Volunteer Society Nepal. They have a school (CBIA), women center, disability center, and orphanage. I am on a Youtube video through the organization.
I am in year 3 of offering day trips to explore Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin's arts, music, nature, and history. I am so excited to offer these opportunities. Five trips are available this spring. One was on Friday and we went to 3 bakeries and the Delta Diner. In 200 miles we visited the 4 places. It was a group of 5, mostly women. More trips ahead with Up North Excursions.
Here are the local art fair dates for the rest of the year:
Woman-Made - July 28, Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E.
Get Great Stuff - November 10, Duluth Congregational Church, 3802 E. Superior St.
Get It Local - December 1, Peace Church
Get to the Point - December 8 (tentative) Lafayette Community Building
Each fair is open 10AM-3PM.
Local artists may apply.
Spring is here. It's still another month until gardening but it's nice to smell the earth defrosting.