After announcing my retirement from my job after 23 wonderful years as the Assistant Director of Center Stage Dance Company my initial announcement was that I was going to teach dance to underprivileged children. I even went so far as to going to meet with the Peace Corps folks. Ultimately I changed the plan to volunteering in a tropical location.
My son is a kiteboarder who had wanted to go to this awesome kitecamp in Caberate Dominican Republic. He wanted to travel there when he was 17, I was actually going to let him travel there with his 18 year old sister as his guardian until my mother squelched that idea.
After researching places to volunteer I found this amazing event called Kiteboarding for Kids founded by Laurel Eastman of LEK Kites.
I told my kids about my idea and my son informed me that a kiteboarding event would not want someone my age, so I made him and my daughter volunteer as well.
Contact with Laurel Eastman and all of the KB4Kids team was effortless. I channeled all of the funds that would have been used giving me a retirement party and gifts to the event, had several garage sales and set off with my two favorite people in the world on an adventure.