How many times have you thought or said, “Sometimes, I just want to quit my job and ___________.
For Stephanie Price, her job was copywriter at Y&R in New York. And her __________ was helping earthquake survivors in Haiti.
After volunteering for a couple of months immediately after the disaster, Steph came back to the States to work full time. But a year later, the experience in Haiti still hadn’t left her.
Then, instead of taking another leave and volunteering for a month or two, Stephanie did what so many of us have fantasized about.
She quit her job to follow her heart. And in Steph’s case, her heart told her to move to Haiti to help rebuild people’s lives.
Today, she is working with a school that teaches English to Haitians for free. Turns out, there is a shortage of skilled labor in Haiti, and jobs in restaurants, hotels and offices all over Port-au-Prince need workers who speak English.
For a while, English in Mind Institute was being funded by a British NGO. But they’ve since pulled out of Haiti and are no longer backing the school. So Steph has created this IndieGoGo campaign to help them raise the $10k they need to stay open through the 2013 school year. Books, supplies, and teacher’s salaries are all covered in this amount.
From the campaign:
There are plenty of English schools here in Haiti, but they’re expensive. We don’t believe that learning English should be a privilege of the wealthy. Even though some of our students are willing to pay, a vast majority can’t and we believe it’s important that we keep our doors open to all.
Since I worked with Steph in 2004, my life has taken about a dozen sharp turns. But none of them have been so sharp and so intentional as hers. I’m just floored by her commitment to her brothers and sisters in Haiti. Her heart inspires me. And I hope it inspires you, too.
Contribute to Stephanie’s “Keep English in Mind” IndidGogo campaign here.