I'll soon be en route to Bolivia -- along with a few of my favorite colleagues and seven new friends -- so keeping multiple copies of my travel itinerary is absolutely necessary. I figure that this will help ensure that nobody accidentally boards the wrong plane(s).
Of course, that's the least of anyone's worries at this point. I need to finish packing. (Elizabeth Esther and Nish Weiseth beat me with the packing competition days ago.) And for many of my teammates, leaving home and their children is something really worth fearing. To hopefully lighten the anxiety a bit, I'm posting a bird's-eye view of our itinerary and agenda while we're in Bolivia.
So whether you're a reader of any of our bloggers' blogs -- or this blog -- you can see where we are, where we're going, and what we're seeing on our trip to South America. The adventure starts tomorrow! Follow our agenda on this post, and our entire trip on the Bolivia bloggers page.
Day 1 (Saturday, July 30): West Coast team members -- Lindsey, Nish, and Elizabeth -- depart from their home cities and head to Miami for the night.
Day 2 (Sunday, July 31): More of the Bolivia bloggers team begins to arrive in Miami, starting at 7:45 a.m., beginning with Carla, Joy, Jana, and Deb.
The rest of our team shows up fashionably late to the Miami airport: Rachel, Michael, Matthew, and Amy.
Together, we will depart for La Paz, Bolivia, in the early afternoon, arriving by late evening. We'll catch a few quick hours of rest in La Paz before getting up in the morning for our last leg of the trip -- our flight to Cochabamba.
Day 3 (Monday, August 1): Arrive in Cochabamba. Drop our luggage where we'll be staying and head straight out to Tiraque area development program (ADP) and devotionals at a school.
Things we'll see and learn in this ADP throughout the day: nutritional recovery, a reservoir project, food security, gender roles in the community, local economic development, and empowerment.
Day 4 (Tuesday, August 2): At 8:30 a.m., we'll head out to Colomi ADP for worship and devotionals.
Things we'll see and learn in this ADP throughout the day: the impact of malnutrition on the health of young children, how World Vision helps children with special needs, and programs of youth empowerment in the community.
Day 5 (Wednesday, August 3): At 8:30 a.m., we'll be back in Colomi ADP for the second day, this time participating in morning devotionals at the special needs center.
Things we'll see and learn in this ADP throughout the day: how microfinance helps empower families (meeting families impacted by microloans). We'll also be visiting a playground that World Vision helped to rebuild for the local school children.
Day 6 (Thursday, August 4): At 8:30 a.m., we'll head out to Viloma ADP for devotionals and a short presentation from the ADP staff there about the community.
Things we'll see and learn in this ADP throughout the day: World Vision's malnutrition treatment program in the community, the testimony of one woman and how she's been empowered, and training programs on farming. We'll also visit a family's home in this community, a learning center, and a guinea pig farm in the ADP.
Day 7 (Friday, August 5): Our last morning in Cochabamba. At 8:30 a.m., we'll go back to Viloma ADP for the second day, this time participating in devotionals with local pastors.
Things we'll see and learn in this ADP throughout the day: meet families in the community and hear their stories, meet with the community youth network, and meet former sponsored children who are now World Vision staff in the ADP.
Then, we'll catch an evening flight back to La Paz from Cochabamba.
Day 8 (Saturday, August 6): Today is Bolivia's independence day. Experience independence day with the local World Vision staff in La Paz.
Day 9 (Sunday, August 7): Our last day together. At 5:00 a.m., we'll leave La Paz and return to Miami. Most everyone departs back to their home cities in the afternoon and evening, and will be back home before midnight.
In the next nine days, we'd so appreciate your support by blogging, tweeting, and Facebooking about our trip. You can follow our entire trip, including all the posts we've already written, on the Bolivia bloggers page and ways to spread the word on our resources page. We'd also appreciate your prayers -- for peace from anxiety, for wisdom, for the right words as we blog our experiences, and for energy for the many long days ahead.
Thanks for your support. Writing you next time from Bolivia,