i guess to make a long story short senior year has made me realize how lost i really am in life. i know i have the potential to do anything i want, but it’s just not knowing what i want that’s killing me. after being deferred and then accepted into my dream college, i thought i had everything planned out for the next 4 years and that life would be perfect. within the past few weeks, i have realized that i was all wrong and that going to university in the fall is truly not the right decision for me. i want to take a gap year but if you live in america you know that that is a really rare thing to do, and if anything people kind of look down on you if you take a year off from school. the past 72 hours of my life have been consumed with researching this international volunteer program, called IVHQ. talking with my two best friends who know me better than anyone in this world, has really helped me realize that i need to do this for me. i decided that i’m going to get some opinions from a few trusted adults tomorrow as well, before dropping this atomic bomb on my parents. i don’t know what to expect and to be honest i’m pretty much scared shitless. if they don’t support, i think i will still be able to do it on my own. the plan right now is to volunteer in south africa from this december until may of 2015. typing all of this has me more excited than i have been about something for months and i can only hope my parents understand when i tell them all of this this weekend….. wish. me. luck. 

Grace Academy Orphanage, owned by my homestay mom, Regina (The kindest most generous woman I’ve ever met) is in need of school supplies and toiletries for the children living there. This includes notebooks, pencils, and more importantly, soap, toilet paper… and other basic necessities we don’t give a second thought to that are essential for their day to days. There are about 60 children actually living at the orphanage, and every dollar goes along way. I think the exchange rate is 85 shillings to the dollar. Raffy Girardi and co have already been so generous as to help donate chalk and some other supplies for these kids and we are so thankful! I’m hoping their generosity is contagious. If you’re interested in helping, please email me at or send your donations via paypal to the same email address.

Asante sana <3

Heading Out!

After about 2 months of setbacks, I can finally say I’m on the way out!

I didn’t want to write this post until the day before my flight, but I figured I’d be too busy getting last minute things taken care of to sit down and write anything, so I’m going to…

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Why I am here

Hello all! My name is Felicia Montenegro and I am baout to embark on a journey to Uganda to work as a teacher in the town of Kampala for a month. On this blog I will be documenting my trip mostly visually with sprinkles of verbal enlightenment of my adventures so that you to can partake in the venture to the other side of the earth. Hope you all enjoy and get something out of any of this.

Hello, friends and family! I am hoping to take a gap year before college which I will spend working, and, if I can afford it, travelling. I plan to work as an intern at the Farm Sanctuary in California for 2-3 months. This organization rescues and rehabilitates animals from abusive situations,…

Trying this again…pretty please! Literally 5 dollars would help. My gap year will be 100% work and volunteer work, not a vacation- your donations will be helping me to help others. Thank you, much love!

Oh my god.  This is actually happening.  This might actually happen.  I am freaking out.  I talked to my dad.  He’s not okay with it, but he understands.  As he said, “So you’ll be going my little girl and coming back a grown up.”  Hopefully.  As long as they have a placement for me.  Kenya, three months, women’s education program, in March.  Oh my god.  I’m not good with growing up.  And changes.  And stuff…happening.  Especially stuff like this.  Important stuff.  Life decisions.  I’m not good at making them.  Hell, I can barely decide what t-shirt I want to wear.  Oh my god.  

Oh, the anticipation!

It is a little over a month that I’ll finally be going to india! Words cannot describe my excitement. I’ve never considered myself a good writer buuuut I at least consider myself as a great thinker. While my words may not inspire as much as my ideas, I cannot wait to explore a different world unknown to so many here in the United States. For those of you who do not know, I am going to northern India in a community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, to work in a monastery to teach young monks english. I am doing this with a well known program called International Volunteer HQ who has lots and lots of programs all over the world! If you ever want to go abroad and volunteer, this is the first site you should check out. One of the things that I am especially excited about, I would have to say, is the people I will be working with/teaching.  I hope this doesn’t offend anyone but I never truly considered myself to have a religion even being brought up with a catholic/christian family. If one is to have a faith, they should truly be able to connect to it on a deeper intellectual level and I never particularly felt that certain feeling within me even when I used to go to church weekly for years. I just cannot trust the history of where religion comes from and the way rulers and kings would use religion as a threat or as a weapon. It should have never been that way. So, If I were to have some sort of faith or religion, it would simply be to be a good, kind, and giving person. Period. While I am not searching for something to believe in, it will be great to explore buddhism and its concepts of good will and how it doesn’t shun other people’s faiths or what makes them happy; To learn what a life or harmony and nature looks like.

Counting down the days until April 4th:)

Our Instagram of the Month for August comes from Eugenia Xiao on our Orphanage Work project in Ghana. The beautiful smile on Charity’s face won us over big time!

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