I was born and raised in the mid-west, with a long but interesting detour in New Orleans… and am on my own at a crossroads in life. I am living with no permanent address and my personal belongings fit inside my suitcase and a backpack. I spent the past year and a half in Europe. I am now back in the States, continuing my gypsy ways and preparing to work and teach at Gyeonggi English Village in Paju City, South Korea.
I am raising funds to support this time of transition in my journey and to fill the gap of my basic expenses until I receive my first paycheck in Korea, which is about a month after I arrive. I will leave for South Korea once I receive my work visa in about 3-6 weeks.
The Beginnings of Gypsy Woman
I bought a ticket to Europe in April of 2011. I had lost all of my personal belongings to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and then again in 2010 to a leaky storage unit. My cat ran away, my car broke down beyond repair, and I had to move. It seemed it was time to take a leap and do something... different.
I traveled first to Germany. I had a connection through my practice of Reiki, a traditional Japanese healing art, at a Seminar Haus owned and run by Reiki Masters. I was welcomed there and stayed for an extended visit working in exchange for room and board. With very little money in my bank account but a desire to extend my time and life lessons in Europe, I discovered the website helpx.net. Helpx is an online listing of hosts all over the world who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them in exchange for food and accommodation. Through helpx, I was able to extend and diversify my time in Europe.
Teaching English in South Korea
While traveling in Europe I began to question, what is next? Appreciating the beauty and lessons of travel, I wanted to continue on my journey. The practicality of life and finances demanded that I explore ways to earn an income. I began researching positions teaching English as a Second Language and was delighted to find the job listing at the Gyeonggi English Village in South Korea. With my background in Education and interest in experiential education, I was attracted to their non-traditional and fun style of teaching and camp-like setting.
I took a leap, applied and was offered a position. I returned to the States about three months ago to begin the long process of acquiring a work visa for South Korea. That process will be complete in the next 3 - 6 weeks and I will be on my way!
Coming Home to Me
The upheaval and change in my life continues to reinforce that no matter where I am, I can always practice coming home to me - coming home to that which is greater than any house, or set of belongings or location. Not always easy.
I rely on spiritual practices including the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition of Reiki. I am a yoga student and participate in the activities and practices of The Art of Living Organization led by Indian Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. I am also a member of the Buddhist group Soka Gakkai International. These spiritual practices form the backbone of my life, no matter where I travel. The organizations behind them foster a sense of community and home all over the world.
I have also been challenged, nurtured and supported by the people and programs of Landmark Education, particularly the Wisdom Course and Community. I was in the Landmark Forum in Houston,Texas the weekend that Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. They are steadfast supporters of "anything is possible" and gave me a platform from which to learn and practice "taking leaps" in the face of uncertainty.
Request for Funding
The lessons and growth of travel have been rich and plenty, but after traveling and living very simply in Europe for a year and half, it is time to “replenish the well.” I am seeking funding to support this time of transition in my journey and fill the gap of my basic expenses until I receive my first paycheck in South Korea, about a month after I arrive.
Here is my budget:
$250 - For Food/Household products from the States to Bring to South Korea
$300 - For Shoes/Clothing purchases in the States for a year of working and living in Korea (I am told the largest shoe size in Korea is a 7)
$250 - Vitamins and Personal Items from the States to Bring to South Korea
$350 - Living Expenses until I depart for South Korea
$150 - Travel Money for Trip to Korea (airfare is paid by GEV)
$200 - Emergency Money/Incidental Expenses
$1000 - Living Expenses for First Month in Korea (as estimated by staff at GEV)
Total funds requested: $2500
To express my Gratitude to contributors, I am offering distant Reiki treatments. Reiki is a traditional Japanese healing art and can be offered hands-on in person or sent to a person or situation remotely anywhere in the world. To learn more about Reiki, visit my blog at www.nancieteresa.wordpress.com/services. All Reiki treatment perks will be offered within 4 months of the completion of my campaign.
Thank you for considering a contribution to my campaign. A donation of any size is earnestly appreciated and will be put to good use. It is also wonderful if you can share this campaign with others who might enjoy and appreciate my journey.
Any contribution is an important link in the continuation of my lessons and travels. I have grown personally more this past year of travel then I ever could have imaged in my life in the States. Traveling has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone, to engage more in the world, and to be present to what is happening NOW. It has invited me to be open to differences of MANY kinds and has allowed me to feel more confident and at ease with myself... step by step and day by day.
Thanks so much for spending time with me and my campaign and considering supporting the next step in my journey.
To learn more about me and my journey you can visit my blog at www.nancieteresa.wordpress.com