Words and photos by Julie Barry
I cannot believe I am going to Cambodia. As I sit at my desk trying to tie up loose ends, this thought keeps ringing through my head like a mantra. I am equal parts excited and anxious. I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to travel to this country, honored to have the chance to work with the Cambodian Children’s Fund as a representative of the VELCRO® Brand, yet nervous about the extremely long trip and not sure of what to expect, once I land. At least I will have 30 hours of travel time to get my mind in the right place!
I have always had a desire to do more, give back and feel fulfilled by what I do every day. I had no idea the voyage that would begin here at Velcro Industries last November but I know I am where I was meant to be. Traveling to Cambodia to meet and work with the children and families of the CCF is an opportunity of a lifetime that I am certain will change my perspective, as all meaningful journeys do.
I hope that I can help to make a small difference in the lives of these children I will come to meet. I see photos and read articles on the CCF’s Facebook page and questions are pulsating through my head: Will the things I learn and see touch me to the point of breaking down, will I become attached to the individuals I meet and work alongside?
Of course, I should probably address the typical traveler questions first… do I have everything I need for next week? It’s time for me to start packing!