Back in the day, when I had a ‘real’ job (read, worked for someone else) I always hoped to travel to interesting places, especially overseas. There was a lot of paperwork and permissions to be gained, and for one reason or another, never eventuated.
Then I quit and started my own business. That was in 1996 and every year since then I have traveled overseas with work. It wasn’t my plan. It just happened that way. In some years it was just a single trip. It was enough. Now, I do more work overseas than in Australia.
I always wanted to visit Africa. When the opportunity came my way to work in Uganda (Uganda!) I couldn’t believe my luck. What I didn’t count on was the depth of admiration I would have for the local Ugandans I worked with and for the sense of purpose when I met orphans such as these – orphaned by an aids epidemic that continues to ravage much of Africa. This is why I do the work I do.