So… I’m going to India with World Vision.

So… I’m going to India with World Vision.

Yeah… So it’s all a bit weird and wonderful. My beautiful friend Eden very kindly (and unbelievably) put me forward for a blogger trip to India with World Vision (and quite surprisingly they were willing to take me!) so in just three weeks I’m on a plane to New Delhi with Eden from Edenland, Kelly from Be a Fun Mum, Mischo Baranovic and the gorgeous Joy from World Vision.

I’m incredibly humbled and excited to be given such an amazing opportunity. Yesterday I met with our trip organiser Joy and the World Vision media whiz Janet to get a briefing on my trip. The whole point is for us to go and visit their projects in India and share our experiences with you guys. My main areas of focus will be child labour, children living in poverty and women’s rights. I cannot believe how well they managed to set me up with issues that are so close to my heart and I can’t wait to learn more about the projects and share them with you. 

I’m going to get a little soppy on you here for a minute and tell you all how much I love you. My readers are my world and you guys are awesome. Intelligent, respectful, hilarious. I’m so excited and nervous and grateful and it’s all because of you guys. You had me at hello.

If you have any genius ideas for structured coverage of the trip, I’d love to hear about it.

At the moment I’m all ‘MIMED INTERVIEWS IN THE DARK! INTERPRETIVE DANCE FUNDRAISING VLOGS! THE WORLD’S LONGEST HANDSHAKE!’ I’ve kind of lost the plot a bit.

Love you.

 

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.

47 Comments

  1. Alison 2 years ago

    Sounds like an absolutely amazing opportunity! I’m looking forward to reading all about it.

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      Hopefully I’ll be blogging every day!

  2. Sarah Von 2 years ago

    I am so, so excited for you and proud of you. You’re going to have such a great time!

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      Thanks lady! That made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  3. Clare 2 years ago

    Awesome news! I spent 4 months of 2011 living in India & it totally blew my mind. Enjoy each moment. C x

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      I’ve only heard wonderful things about India. Can’t wait.

  4. Nadine Armiger 2 years ago

    Don’t be shy about posting LOTS of photos! :)

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      We have a professional photographer, Misho on our team so it will be awesome! I’ll take plenty too!

  5. Nessbow 2 years ago

    That’s fantastic news. Congratulations! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store…

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      I’ll be blogging every day (hopefully we’ll have internet!) so there will be plenty to read! :-)

  6. What an amazing opportunity hun. Well done – you girls are going to do us so proud. Safe travels and I look forward to reading about your experiences. xx

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      Thank you so much! I’m delighted by how supportive every one has been!

  7. JicyJac 2 years ago

    I know already that the stories you share will make me cry, World Vision do such great work.

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      Oh no! I’ll try hard not to get too sad on you. x

      • JicyJac 2 years ago

        Don’t fret, I meant cry in that I’m a sook and any story involving kids will set me off. It is great to see how women and children that were in hopeless situation are given the tools (education, practical support, micro loans), to lift themselves out of poverty.

  8. Anonymous 2 years ago

    Wow, this is amazing! This view of India would be amazing – through your eyes and writing lens! Travel safe!

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      I was a bit worried but everyone loved my New York posts so I think it’s safe to say that Smaggle readers are all vicarious travelers.

  9. edenland 2 years ago

    I am ridiculously excited, and completely afraid. BRING IT, WORLD!!!! Xxxxx

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      I’m SO FREAKING HAPPY I GET TO GO WITH YOU! IMMA GONNA SMASH YOU!

  10. Sugandha 2 years ago

    That is AWESOME news. Being Indian myself I always wish I could do more over there especially for women’s/girls rights. Am so so happy that you get to go. Do good stuff :)

  11. Anonymous 2 years ago

    Congratulations Carly! Well deserved. You will be awesome. :)

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      Thank you! I’m so overwhelmed by all the support. :-)

  12. Natalie Mulford 2 years ago

    Ohh, congrats!!

  13. kathryn 2 years ago

    When I first read this my thoughts were – shouldn’t they be spending the money on helping people rather than blogger holidays but then realised it’s probably a very low cost way for them to get attention for these issues.

    Enjoy your trip. My sister recently went to India and loved it.

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      Honestly, I thought the same thing but my mate Eden went to Africa last year and I was completely sold. I’ll make the investment worth it for them. I promise. x

  14. Harlow 2 years ago

    Yay! Looking forward to living through you vicariously! Hope you have a lovely time and take all of the necessary precautions…and that you manage to magically avoid getting the runs…which I’ve heard is quite a challenge for those travelling in India!

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      I have a giant bag of gastrolite all ready to go! :-)

  15. Emma 2 years ago

    A brilliant way for World Vision to reach out to your audience, and with something you care deeply about = perfect. Cannot wait to vicariously learn with you, and have my eyes opened a little bit more about these issues!

  16. Amanda 2 years ago

    What an AMAZING opportunity! THIS IS SO EXCITING!!! I can’t wait to read ALL THE THINGS.

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      I’M GOING TO WRITE ALL THE THINGS!!!!

  17. Carly, can’t wait to meet you in person! Bring it!

  18. Eve 2 years ago

    I look forward to your blog notes…what a great trip this will be. I am sure you will not only be affected by your experiences with world vision but India overall. I have been a sponsor through World Vision of a little girl from Honduras for a number of years…I am interested to hear your side of it all :) x

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      Oh good on you! I love hearing all about my readers sponsor children. x

  19. Nicole Avery 2 years ago

    How exciting! Look forward to reading all about it!

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      Thank you! Very nervous. I want to do the trip justice.

  20. Fiona Dolan 2 years ago

    This is so great, what an amazing opportunity. I would love to see profiles of the people you meet. Local people, people from World Vision, anyone. I think putting a face to a cause is always a good way for it to really hit home. Congrats!

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      That’s hilarious because profiles is what we’re currently discussing will be my medium while I’m over there! There’s a back to school project they want me on next year too where we profile students in different countries.

  21. Hayley 2 years ago

    What an amazing opportunity! India is fascinating, I can’t wait to explore it myself. Eats lots of thosai – yummmmm!! Can’t wait to read all about it.

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      It’s pretty insane! Can’t wait! What’s thosai?? I’ll keep an eye out for it!

  22. Cathg1g2 2 years ago

    Great opportunity for you and all of us that support World Vision and want to see women and children to have their rightful place in the world.
    I was in India four years ago visiting a friend and despite the poverty and chaos what struck me was the industriousness of the people and their vibrancy.
    I would take your place in a blink of an eye to have this experience to make a difference

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      I just couldn’t turn it down. :-)

  23. Christina @ Hair Romance 2 years ago

    You’ll be an amazing ambassador lovely. I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see this trip through your eyes. Post lots of photos and have a brilliant time xxx

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      Smaggle 2 years ago

      I’m going to go hardcore on the photos. Thanks love! I’ll do my best!

  24. katepickle 2 years ago

    Can’t wait to read all about your trip and get to know what WV is doing in India!

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