I am planning on going to Burma in January 2010. It will be with David Radcliffe and the New Community Project. I'll be going on a learning tour and will need to raise around $2,600 to be able to go on the trip. I was browsing the NCP booth when I was at Conference in June and saw their Learning Tour listings in noticed that there was one to Burma in January! It all works so perfectly, because January is our interterm session and is a great time to take a trip. Most classes that are held during Interterm are trips. This Learning Tour isn't with Bridgewater College so I'll have to work with a professor in making it an Independent Study. It will probably be in the Sociology Department.
Here is what New Community Project had to say about the trip:
"Join a delegation to the fascinating and troubled country of Burma (Myanmar). Learn about Asian culture, Buddhist religion, and economic, political and social realities in one of the poorest nations in the region. Visit out-of-the-way villages as well as typical cultural sites; drive by the house of Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner held under house arrest by the Burmese government. Visit Christian groups working with grassroots development projects; experience the natural beauty and gracious people of this southeast Asian country. Spend 2 nights/1 day trekking to a Pa Loung hilltribe village to experience their culture; visit a silk garment factory and learn about worker conditions; visit communities that have received NCP grants for women's development and post-cyclone school assistance."
I am so excited for this trip and just hope that I will be able to raise enough money to go. I've been brainstorming fundraising ideas and so far have come up with: Spaghetti Dinner, asking for support from friends and family, selling things, maybe working with the College NCP to co-host/run an event. Let me know if you think of anything.
Speaking of New Community Project; here is great article that was published in my local newspaper about the Harrisonburg New Community Project.
Here are some websites I frequent that have to do with the Save Burma Effort:
US Campaign for Burma
The Burma Campaign UK