“Do what you love and love doing it.
Eventually you’ll find yourself exactly where you want and need to be.”
– Pamela Sendee
At two years old, I experienced my first journey to Thailand with my mother. By the age of six, I knew I wanted to honeymoon in Greece. Finally at eighteen, I bought a plane ticket to Africa to travel for six weeks.
I’ve wanted to travel my whole life. Travel is not only a dream, but a passion, and little did I know it would become my greatest life journey. (Tweet this)
Who Am I?
My name is Pamela Sendee, an adventurous soul with restless feet and a globally curious mind. My mission in life is to live to the absolute fullest and run wherever my heart takes me.
I started to travel at 18 years old. My first trip was to Hawaii to visit a friend. My second trip…six countries in Africa over 2 months. It’s safe to say I was hooked, and clearly out of mind in the best way possible.
Since my adventures as a rookie traveler, I’ve traveled across 30+ countries on 6 continents. I now reside in Cape Town, South Africa as my home base.
I enjoy life with my travelholic partner, Phil, and my South African puppy, Journey. What an appropriate name, right?
What I Do?
During my last year of high school I took an “Introduction to Careers in Teaching” course and discovered my love for education.
My first trip to the continent of Africa changed my entire life the moment I walked into the Mosi Oa Tunya secondary school in Zimbabwe.
The Head Master of the school guided me through classrooms, proudly showing off the success of his institution as I was being personally introduced to students and teachers.
The passion for education these students and teachers shared was an eyeopening experience which left me awestruck.
Each and every individual yearned for a quality education more than anything, and the commitment and passion behind the eyes of all the Zimbabwean students I met that day left a mark on my life I’ll never forget.
Arriving home after those 2 months of traveling, I immediately immersed myself into the world of global education.
Eight months later, I founded Humans of Change, an international education nonprofit which works to alleviate poverty and create sustainability through education.
Humans of Change has since built a school in a rural village of Kenya for 10,000 students.
How I Got Started?
Travel is less about how much money you have now and more about how much you’re willing to commit to accomplish a goal in the future.
Ten years before I started traveling, my family opened up a Thai restaurant which eventually became the foundation to earning my way to travel.
Once I graduated high school, I realized I had the freedom to set my own daily schedule for work and school.
My goal was to stay on track with my education while also earning enough money to travel for 6-8 weeks of the year.
I committed to going to school full-time, taking about 20-23 units per semester, while also being employed full-time working 40-45 hours per week.
My commitment to travel and school meant spending most of my nights waiting tables and earning tips as best as I could, and days glued to a table in a coffee shop for 6-7 hours in one sitting.
My lifestyle didn’t consist of movies on the weekend, parties, or brunches with friends. Each penny I saved from cutting down on unnecessary daily expenses pushed me closer towards my goal of traveling the world.
The result was the ability to travel to multiple destinations in a single year and return home with valuable life-changing experiences.
I try to keep my Bucket List as updated and true to heart as possible. I weed out all the small things like “skydive in Switzerland” or “eat exotic foods in Vietnam” and really try to understand what it is in life that I want to accomplish not only as a traveler, but a human being who wants to leave a positive influence on the world. If there’s anyway to get to know someone on a deeper level, their BL would be a good start.
- Build 100 schools
- Create a nonprofit organization
- Travel the world
- Have a dog
- Live by the beach
- Shape a healthier lifestyle (eating, exercise, organic products)
- Inspire others
- Be on a taping of Ellen Degeneres
- Learn 3 languages
- Live on another continent
More about my journey here: The Power of Change
Life is short; do what you want to do, live each day to it’s fullest, and find your passions.
This is my visual diary of doing all that and more.