St. Mary grad to spend three months volunteering at South African orphanage
Kristin Frasca captures life on film with her camera, but the lives of South African orphans have captured her heart.
Frasca will fly to Cape Town, South Africa, on Sept.13 to spend three months volunteering at an orphanage.
Frasca, 21, is a 2005 graduate of Sandusky Central Catholic and is studying photography at Columbia College in Chicago.
"It took me about three months to find a program that was right for me," Frasca said.
She finally decided on AVIVA, a British volunteer organization based in Cape Town.
The flight from Cleveland to Cape Town will cost more than $2,000 and will last more than 19 hours.
"What I fear most is getting attached to the kids, because I'll have to leave," Frasca said.
She will volunteer 3-5 days per week in an orphanage that houses babies, newborn to 24 months, who have been abandoned, neglected, or orphaned by AIDS.
"It'll give me a chance to meet so many people from around the world," Frasca said. "I think it'll be a really great opportunity for self-discovery."
Frasca said her parents, Richard and Mary Jo Frasca, were initially opposed to the trip but have ultimately supported to her decision.
"At first nobody was really supportive; they were worried about my safety," Frasca said.
"I thought she was crazy at first," said Stephanie Frasca, 18, Kristin's sister. "But it's for a good cause. I support her."
"It's a good time in my life to go," Kristin Frasca said.
She said that the most surprising thing about planning the trip was how much it will cost: nearly $5,000.
"I've been saving up awhile for this trip," Frasca said, confident in her investment.
Even though she will be traveling by herself on her first trip outside of the United States, Frasca was all smiles when talking about her upcoming adventure.
"I'm just thinking positive," she said. "That's all I can do."