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Being one that has run away from home since I was 16 because I heard the call of the wild in the wind, I fully support you. At least you have a plan. I just knew I had to go. I had a full family support system as well. Went to good schools etc. so no problems there. I definitely say follow your heart, for that is what belongs to you and you have to live with it. Not to mention the fact that if you take the other path, this opportunity may never pass before you again. Personally I think you will gain many riches in more ways then one and I have to applaud you on that. This path you wish to take may not be a easy one but it will fulfill your dreams, and that may very well be your calling and where some of your first grains of wisdom will be planted.
There are not many 16 year olds with a persepective on life like that. I guess that makes 2 of us. In my mind I put it like this. People are getting so caught up in their everyday lives and activities that they are forgetting the very things that make us human in the first place. All they can think about is what they are going to do after school and what other people think of them.
Your dream is to help end poverty in this world correct? But you have to get to the root of the cause. That root is governmental corruption. That's my dream. To end governmental corruption all over the world. Sounds a little far-fetched? I am well aware that I have to give up a part of myself to achieve this goal. I have to give up sympathy and any morals I have. This is the only way my mission will be accomplished.
You describe even the poorest people as being richer in family life and society than we in the developed world. I agree with you wholeheartedly. So then, I question, is your purpose of wanting to go over there and "help" them? Would you be going there to learn from them or teach them something???? I think you should think about that before going, or else, just go and see the world and learn from it, without having any presumptions of being able to teach them anything. Be humble in your travels and in your dealings with the people you meet.
Child Protection Programme Start-up Consultant, Central African Republic
Posted: 25 November 2010 Deadline: 17 December 2010
Job type: Contract Salary: TBD
Location: Central African Republic
Organisation: War Child - UK