Maria Doyle is creating Giving Back Journals: Lessons Learnt from 20 Years on the Road
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patrons

20 years on the road as a traveller, roving English teacher, teacher trainer and as a big believer in 'giving back' brings about a shed load of stories - from black mail, to evacuation due to civil unrest, detention as an illegal alien, deportation and surviving multiple organ failure, I've travelled through 35 countries (to date), worked with over 90 cultures and been on 14 overseas postings before creating a second base for myself in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I’ve often said if I was any stronger I’d be forged steel, but I don’t take back a second of any of the hair-raising adventures I’ve taken myself on. Each one of those experiences has transformed me and I don’t regret a single one of them. I have lived and loved to the very fullest, taken every opportunity by the horns, slept rough, eaten with Presidents, built houses with the poorest locals on the planet, I’ve been head over heels in love and desperately heartbroken by the people who I’ve cared about the most but nothing has transformed me the way that the past 6 years have. Part of this transformation has been about getting back to what I really love doing, and that is writing, travelling, learning more about culture, and understanding the most complex conundrum on the planet - what makes people tick. 

I've got enough stories to keep a road trip entertained for hours and so this is my mission - to translate the journals and the diaries, the blogs and the emails I've collected over the past 20 years into a series of short stories, which will eventually be turned into traditional paperbacks and audio books, narrated of course by the lead character - moi! Every story brings with it a healthy dose of giggle snorting and a life lesson of some description, carefully curated and written from the heart of what those experiences taught me. 

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me 'so when are you writing the book?' I'd have enough to self publish this book 10 times over - so I'm mixing things up a bit and putting forward a proposal. I promise a new chapter every month to all those who are contributing to the cause. Not only will you read the chapters as they're compiled, you'll also be gifted a paperback when it's published, and I'm promising to pledge dollar for dollar; every dollar donated, I'm going to match - and give directly to a Giving Back Project like I do every year, to a school in need - teacher training, curriculum development, whatever the school needs to up-skill their staff and make learning something that every kid in that school is excited about turning up for. 

So. The longer it goes on, the more chapters will be written and the more schools will be helped. Who's in? Many thanks to my Auntie Pam who planted this seed a few years ago, by turning up on my doorstep with a manila envelope full of the stories I'd written over the years, saying 'Maria, write the book'. 

Create quality learning experiences; create real change in the world. Create stories that change lives and make the world a better place to be.
Tiers
Books, pens and teaching resources
$5 or more per month
$60 a year will help me buy teaching resources for the schools I help out. You'll also receive new chapters every month as they're written, and a signed paperback when the book is published. 
Teacher training workshops
$10 or more per month
$120 a year will help me put on teacher training workshops for the schools I help out. You'll also receive new chapters every month as they're written, and two signed paperbacks when the book is published. 
Goals
13 of 100 patrons
When I hit 20 patrons, I'll donate 2 days of help to a school in need - be that teacher training, curriculum or resources development or supplying basic teaching and learning materials.

When I hit 50 patrons, I'll donate another 5 days, and when I hit 100 patrons, I'll donate another 10 days of help.

I will bear all the costs of the getting the training to the schools; the money donated will go towards providing the physical resources needed.
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20 years on the road as a traveller, roving English teacher, teacher trainer and as a big believer in 'giving back' brings about a shed load of stories - from black mail, to evacuation due to civil unrest, detention as an illegal alien, deportation and surviving multiple organ failure, I've travelled through 35 countries (to date), worked with over 90 cultures and been on 14 overseas postings before creating a second base for myself in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I’ve often said if I was any stronger I’d be forged steel, but I don’t take back a second of any of the hair-raising adventures I’ve taken myself on. Each one of those experiences has transformed me and I don’t regret a single one of them. I have lived and loved to the very fullest, taken every opportunity by the horns, slept rough, eaten with Presidents, built houses with the poorest locals on the planet, I’ve been head over heels in love and desperately heartbroken by the people who I’ve cared about the most but nothing has transformed me the way that the past 6 years have. Part of this transformation has been about getting back to what I really love doing, and that is writing, travelling, learning more about culture, and understanding the most complex conundrum on the planet - what makes people tick. 

I've got enough stories to keep a road trip entertained for hours and so this is my mission - to translate the journals and the diaries, the blogs and the emails I've collected over the past 20 years into a series of short stories, which will eventually be turned into traditional paperbacks and audio books, narrated of course by the lead character - moi! Every story brings with it a healthy dose of giggle snorting and a life lesson of some description, carefully curated and written from the heart of what those experiences taught me. 

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me 'so when are you writing the book?' I'd have enough to self publish this book 10 times over - so I'm mixing things up a bit and putting forward a proposal. I promise a new chapter every month to all those who are contributing to the cause. Not only will you read the chapters as they're compiled, you'll also be gifted a paperback when it's published, and I'm promising to pledge dollar for dollar; every dollar donated, I'm going to match - and give directly to a Giving Back Project like I do every year, to a school in need - teacher training, curriculum development, whatever the school needs to up-skill their staff and make learning something that every kid in that school is excited about turning up for. 

So. The longer it goes on, the more chapters will be written and the more schools will be helped. Who's in? Many thanks to my Auntie Pam who planted this seed a few years ago, by turning up on my doorstep with a manila envelope full of the stories I'd written over the years, saying 'Maria, write the book'. 

Create quality learning experiences; create real change in the world. Create stories that change lives and make the world a better place to be.

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Tiers
Books, pens and teaching resources
$5 or more per month
$60 a year will help me buy teaching resources for the schools I help out. You'll also receive new chapters every month as they're written, and a signed paperback when the book is published. 
Teacher training workshops
$10 or more per month
$120 a year will help me put on teacher training workshops for the schools I help out. You'll also receive new chapters every month as they're written, and two signed paperbacks when the book is published.