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To meet indigenous people

Ever have the urge to travel, but not in a tourist way? Just to meet indigenous people in villages and learn from them? Observe their lifestyle, and just ...see things from their point of view? Like, you don't need the "fun," expensive traveling hotels, amusement parks, etc, but you need the conversations with native people and you crave to learn about their perspective, culture, and contemplations. And perhaps live with them for a while? I so want to do this, but I wish there were no language barriers.

My dream job (I'm still researching jobs that include these qualities and haven't found one like this yet) is to be able to travel and meet all kinds of people in the world, especially people with extreme hardships and native people. People untouched by civilization/the media. I wish I could travel to different places consistently and help people out. Kind of like a forever Peace Corps as a job. I don't care how much money I'd make. I don't care about not having a stable life or about marriage. I would give all that up if only I could continuously travel within my job and have all my survival needs. The primary reason I'm concerned about a social worker's paycheck is because I'm worried I might not have enough money to travel.


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Apr. 3rd, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
Social workers don't really make a great salary until they are at master level and have a high position of authority. I am now making the same salary I would make if I had a bachelor in Social Work, which was my major for the two years I attended college in my mid-forties. Then the divorce and relocation and I never got back to it. I interned at a drug and alcohol rehab joint (no pun intended) and realized that it was not for me. I think I'd be okay with abused women and children but the drug and alcohol stuff was not something I felt I could handle.

And to answer your question: No, I have never wanted to travel for the purposes you speak of. You are young and have energy and high ideals and many people age and hang onto those admirable qualities. I, alas, am not one of them. I have reached a point where I don't want to knock myself out for anyone.
Apr. 16th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
i'd love to visit exotic places and get immersed in the culture, as well. too bad i don't have enough money yet. ^_^

actually, this job u dream about reminds me of a Cultural Anthropologist. you should look into that field. it's very fascinating.
Apr. 16th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
A Cultural Anthropologist sounds so interesting! Thanks for the suggestion.

I see you have friended me. =))) How did you find me? What made you want to add me?
Apr. 17th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
your journal seemed very positive and you were in a mutual community.
Jun. 17th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC)
I've wanted to, though not necessarily to particularly distant people. (My dream -- which I'm deferring all thought of until after college, and which is insane to begin with -- is to find people to stay with along the way, walk across the country, talk to everyone I can and see the way they see the world, and write about it.)
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