An university friend of mine is going to Africa to volunteer in the new year. She has no plans on when/if she will be returning yet. She is busy raising the last of the money now. I think she's incredibly inspiring - she's raised the money through friends, people at her church, friends of friends, family etc and has even started a Facebook campaign.
This is what she has to say, "When I was 13, I read two books set in Africa that would change the course of my life - “The Power of One” and “Tandia” by Bryce Courtenay. These books put two dreams in my heart – the first, to become a lawyer. The second, to go to Africa. The purpose of both – to change the world.On 11 December 2008 I will be admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court...On 11 January 2009, I will leave...for Kenya to work as a volunteer for three months with World Youth International".
Amazing. You go girl.