I've frequented a lot of forums in my 18 years. Some on bikes, some on computers, some on flight simulators, some on entheogenic substances. I'm posting this question to all forums , present and past, so as to get as many ideas as possible from the widest range of people. Thanks:
So recently a friend and I have been talking about how fed up we are with how we’re living right now. White, bourgeois living with all of the wonderful **** associated with that. Tennis practice after school, student government meetings, you know the drill.
Well, we’re both going to college next year, having each sent in our deposits a few days ago (mine to Whitman College and hers to Oberlin College). Both colleges have options where we can defer both our scholarships and admission for one year.
We have been thinking hard about this, because we’re not sure if we want this college, grad school, career, family, worry about gas prices life. We’re each intensely sad about not having lived during the sixties when so many people turned on and dropped out, and we’re scared that if we don’t do that now, then when can we?
At first our idea was to just say “**** it” to everything we knew and travel the continent Kerouac style in search of interesting souls and ideas and places. Alas, we both feel like this leaves to many connections to our past, still relying on the power of the dollar (our parents dollar, really).
This is long and rambling and not really getting anywhere, so I’ll just get to the point.
We would like to leave the country, work somewhere else, somewhere non-western. Maybe somewhere in S. Asia or S. America. I’m all about living in a small town, working in a pub or general store, or whatever there is. Actually, the most intriguing idea is a dawn till dusk work on a farm somewhere.
I know that there are a lot of “volunteer” programs out there where we would give them a bunch of money, they would set me up with a host family and a job and I’d be mainstreamed through someone else’s culture without ever actually having lived it. What I’m writing to all of you is to ask for any ideas. If anybody knows how to go about finding a job in say Nepal or India or Brazil or Bolivia or anywhere at all really. If any of you know a family somewhere willing to take in two young, energetic, American kids who would be more than willing to pay for their lodging in both labor and money and love, then we would really appreciate it.
Also, if you don’t have any suggestions, I’d love to hear your ideas on all of what I’ve just written. These are all very new ideas to me and it’d be nice to hear what others think of them and other’s experience with doing something like this.