Southward bound to Africa
"I've lived in the North my whole life so I'm a little nervous about it being hot all the time, but I'm sure I'll get used to it," MacDonald said.
MacDonald will travel first to Revelstoke, B.C. for three months, then on to Namibia, in southern Africa, in September.
"I'll be participating in the field of eco-leadership," MacDonald said. MacDonald was one of 400 youth from across Canada chosen to participate in the international exchange program this year.
Canada World Youth is a national, non-profit organization which coordinates international education and exchange programs for youth.
Find her calling
MacDonald, who graduated from Sir John Franklin high school in 2004, hopes to find her calling and a path of study for university which she plans to enter next year.
Until then, the 18-year-old must raise $1,950 for her trip. She is collecting bottles and has planned car washes for July 23 at the Yk Arena and one for Aug. 7 at the Co-op.
MacDonald said her family is also very supportive.
"My mom encourages me to apply for everything available to youth. She's really excited. It will be my first time away from home for six months and my first time off the continent."