She will be among a group of about 50 people who will work in teams of six or seven. For safety sake, nobody is ever permitted to be alone. She is undergoing a series of shots and has been told to watch out for pickpockets in some areas.
She will travel with her group to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Thailand, Philippines, Burma and Malaysia.
"Once we enter a country, we go to individual ministry sites," she said. "The team becomes your family."
They will travel by plane, train, and bus as well as on foot and maybe even by elephant.
Aside from volunteering for free, she must raise $15,000 to cover costs of the 11-month journey. She has been saving money and selling T-shirts. She plans to send out letters asking for support as well as hold a 5-K fundraiser.
"I've met my first goal of $3,500," she said. "I must have half the money by January and the rest within the next six months."
She has taken previous mission trips to Guatemala and Czech Republic to serve others. She believes reaching out to those in need for several months will be gratifying.
"I'm nervous because you grow attached to the people you help," she said. "It is overwhelming the number of people who need help and need loved on. If I can change one person's life, they can go out and change the life of one or two more. It can be a big ripple effect."
She also believes she will be forever changed by the experience.
"The focus will be on giving to others," she said. "It's impossible not to be changed when you focus on that for a year."
When she returns home, she plans to look for another job.
"I would like a marketing job (to fit) my degree," she said. "I'm not sure what changes may happen. My goals may shift completely."
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