Kathleen Caswell had always dreamed of working in a developing country. But it wasn’t until the deaths of three close family members in quick succession, and the serendipitous arrival of a Cuso International newsletter one night, that she finally put her thoughts into action.
Caswell took a leave of absence from her work as a financial advisor to take a six-month posting as a business advisor with Cuso International in Myanmar.
“I felt that the work I could do to help abroad would be more worthwhile than what I could do at home,” says Caswell.
A lifelong volunteer, Caswell has worked with her local Rotary Club to support a group of Haitians in the Dominican Republic. She raised funds and supplies in Canada, and also travelled to provide on-the-ground support.
In order to continue volunteering in developing countries Caswell sold her investment business, but continues to be a tax preparation specialist. She is currently in Tanzania helping a farmers’ association become self-reliant through increased membership.
“I will definitely continue volunteering abroad as long as I have my health and energy,” she says.
When not travelling, Caswell lives in Wasaga Beach, Ontario.