Category Archives: interests

My Travel Map!

I hate to be a country counter, but everyone else is doing it so…. (note, I do not count places where I have had a layover!)

Elvina’s Travel Map

Elvina has been to: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam. Get your own travel map from Matador Network.

Crowdsourcing for Good

My beautiful friend, Serene has been training for several months to run her FIRST half marathon in Fairfield, Connecticut. She will run this coming Sunday. I can’t summarize her well enough, so in her own words:

Inspired by my recent trip to Cambodia and the incredible PBS documentary “Half the Sky”, I am running in honor of a most worthy charity, The Somaly Mam Foundation. With my run, I am hoping to raise money and awareness for the issue of child trafficking/child sex slavery. Thanks to the overwhelming support I have received, I have decided to raise my goal to $3,000 – the cost to rescue ONE GIRL, and bring her through to rehabiliation, education and reintroduction into her community with dignity, marketable skils, and economic hope.

She created an online fundraiser with Crowdrise, here is the link:

I realize this is not the forum to ask for donations but I know many of you are international school teachers and like-minded about these issues. To put it into perspective, a donation of $30 would pay for one medical examination for a girl or woman who has been exploited in the sex trade.

And now to pull this back to something that relates to COETAIL or this blog… Although Crowdrise is a for-profit website, I am thoroughly impressed how online crowdsourcing has worked in this situation. My friend set a goal, surpassed it, raised her goal and has now surpassed that. I tweeted out her mission and it was immediately retweeted by the Half the Sky movement, then retweeted again by others from there.

PS: I encourage you to read or watch the “Half the Sky” book or documentary.