Friday, May 21, 2010

11 Days Until America! (And how you might be able to help me with a project idea...)

by Kara

Mark and I will be departing from Mongolia on May 31 and arriving in America on June 1 for our one-month vacation! We're both really excited! Other than simply going to seeing our friends and family we have a lot to celebrate in June: my best friend Shivali is getting married and I'm a bridesmaid, Mark's brother is getting married and Mark will be the Best Man, my brother is graduating high school, my dad is turning 50, and it will be our 3rd wedding anniversary!

Coming back to the US also gives me the opportunity to bring back 35 helmets for my helmet project. This helmets were generously donated by an individual and are waiting at my parents' house. It's going to be interesting trying to get them all back here, but between the two of us, we think we can manage it.

I also have another idea of something I'd like to bring back...
After returning to Mongolia this summer I'll be spending most of July and August at my work's summer camp. I'm a little overwhelmed at the prospect of working and speaking Mongolian almost 24/7 but I think that overall, it's going to be a really fun experience. I don't usually get to spend very much time working directly with children here, and this will offer me plenty of time to do that. I'm going to help teach English, life skills lessons, games, sports, etc.

Here's my idea:
I'd like to bring back some digital cameras to use at camp. While some people have cameras here, they are still pretty rare. I've become the official photographer for my work and have taken at least 1,500 photos for them! They want me to take pictures of everything! And kids almost always love having their picture taken and if I let them use my camera, they have a blast. I'd like to bring back some cameras to use in activities at camp this summer. It'd be a real treat for the kids and I think they'd have a lot of fun. Plus, we could use the cameras after camp, during the next school year in a photography club. There are very few extra-curricular opportunities for kids to participate in and this would give them a new, fun thing to participate in. It's especially good for kids who aren't good at sports, since sports is one of the few things kids can do here in their free time.

I was thinking that maybe some of you have gotten a new camera in the past few years and have an old one lying around that you might be willing to donate. I'm not looking for new cameras and they don't have to be fancy - just something that works, has a screen you can view the photos on, and maybe stays charged for more than 5 minutes at a time.

If you'd like to donate an old camera, let me know! We'll be in the US until June 28. Thanks!


brad said...

Have an excellent, safe trip back to the U.S. -- I miss you both!

Dan said...

Thanks for sharing your year with us. Will you have a chance to stop by SYM when you're over here? Maybe on a Thursday night?

Kara Estep said...

Thanks Brad! We miss you too. Come back to Mongolia.

Dan, I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it to SYM on a Thursday, but maybe!! Say hi to everybody for me!