Long time CWF volunteer, Jaydin, has been taking notes; and now he’d like to share them.
Jaydin is crowdfunding a unique travel guide, written over the past year or more, and plans to use any proceeds to fund further training, and volunteering with CWF! The goal is $5100, which Jaydin says will allow him to publish the book, complete the current semester, complete a CELTA, and return for another semester at CWF!
The rewards include digital and hard copies of the book, postcards from Cambodia, Special Thanks in the book, in-book advertisements, and even a dedication.
Lets hear from the man himself to explain what its all about:
“Over the past year, I have met many volunteers coming and going from CWF. Quite a few of you have met me, and may have seen that I am currently crowdfunding a project – a travel book. The book was a work in progress for a number of years; I spent quite a while drifting after my last close relative died, knowing I needed to serve people in life but not quite sure how to do this. The book grew organically on the road; day-by-day I mindfully noted each problem I faced, how I solved it, and how I could help others avoid the same issues. I think it’s unique because most travel advice guides are overviews of travel created in retrospect, not the mundane nitty-gritty of the passing moment. By crowdfunding the publishing of those moments, I hope to fund future semesters teaching English at CWF (some of the staff are already worried I will never leave).
I knew about crowfunding from my interest in writing, hearing of unknown authors raising sizable amounts of money for mediocre book launches. I initially went to Eleanor after my first semester and offered to run a campaign as a straight fundraiser for CWF and was surprised to learn that direct donations cannot be accepted, as CWF is not a registered NGO, rather a Non-Profit.
One year later and I’m still here, feeling just as at home in front of a class as the first day I taught, but considerably poorer. I did consider funding my volunteering directly with crowdfunding, though a lot of people have issues with that. I think a lot of Westerners are uncomfortable with the idea of directly funding volunteering, perhaps for a number or reasons. One, if friends and families are the main donors, then it’s not just so much different to just asking them directly, this has probably been the case with many previous volunteers – yet if strangers jump on board and donate – then it’s a kind of begging, which is looked down on in the West (though not in Buddhist culture). Perhaps there are preconceptions of ‘deserving’ causes and people, a kind of reverse-thinking of the tuk-tuk drivers who shout and clap at me from every streetcorner as soon as they see my race.
Instead, I decided to crowdfund my book, so it is basically the same as I’ve always done, donate my own time and resources to CWF, and choosing to do this rather than keep the profits the book might generate can hopefully inject enough meaning into my days that I can continue long into the future.
I think if people are upfront about their intentions, then folk can spend their own money on whatever they want. If some eighteen year old manages to persuade the internet to fund a long drug-fueled trip of partying around the world, then who are we to judge? And if, more sensibly, you want to fund a middle-aged drifter to live a life of Buddhist simplicity volunteering at CWF, then there’s this great campaign currently running on Indiegogo…”
If you’d like to support Jaydins campaign, head over to his Indiegogo page to check it out!
In the meantime, how about an excerpt, Jaydin?