I'm writing this still giddy from a Skype call I had at 9 o'clock this morning.
It was my birthday yesterday. I turned 22, an age I have never been before. In the past few days I had been reflecting on my 21st year and daydreaming of my hopes for my 22nd, which brings me equal measures of blissful uncertainty and less-than-blissful anxiety.
After spending effectively all my free time since January either planning my trip home or working out what to do when I get there, I decided to take a long shot. I believe "photographer job oaxaca" was what my frustrated fingers slapped into the Google search bar. But there it was, sitting pretty at the tippy top of the search results, Fundación en Vía. Here's a small description I pulled from the site of what they do:
"Fundación En Vía combines tourism, education and micro-finance to fight poverty in Oaxaca, Mexico. By providing interest-free micro-loans to help women start or expand their small businesses, we facilitate social change, and generate real impacts and authentic cultural experiences."
I found "Volunteer Photographer" and the next 30 mins of manically constructing a desperate email, begging for a place, is a blur. I considered myself wildly under-qualified, but this just wasn't going to be one of those opportunities I let slip out of my hands.
At the end of a fairly lengthy skype-call this morning (which I just about woke up in time for) they told me I was very welcome to join them there this August. My role will be to document the progress and development of women in the program, provide general support and strengthen the relationships between borrowers and En Vía. I'll also be given a lot of space to initiate my own projects and opportunities to write for them, which is a bonus I had no idea about and is super duper jazzy.
Oaxaca is easily one of my favourite cities of all the ones I have visited in this world. Beautiful, beautiful people who showed me such kindness and inclusion in an objectively gorgeous setting. This opportunity to spend more time there with an organisation which aligns with my ethics and interests so well is truly truly an honour. I am beyond excited.
So this year is shaping up to be pretty ambitious. I often talk about how lucky I am to be able to do this kind of stuff, but as it's my birthday, I feel like I've afforded myself the compliment that this isn't just luck. I worked fucken hard to get to this point, and this isn't even the point, I intend to make this is the glorious beginning of a more glorious something-else.