As travellers, we all have wish lists of places we want to see and things we want to do.

    But very few of us have a travel wish list quite like that of Seattle-based travel writer Charyn Pfueffer, who after more than a decade of writing about food and travel, has decided it is time to give something back.

    Her wish list, otherwise known as the Global Citizen Project, involves volunteering in 12 community based projects in 12 different countries over a period of 12 months.

    In other words, she wants to become, at least for a short time, a citizen of the world.

    But this, like any form of travel, takes money. So Charyn signed up with Kickstarter, an innovative website where journalists, adventurers, filmmakers, designers, artists, etc post plans with the hope of pulling in funding from individuals around the world. There’s one catch, though, to Kickstarter – it’s all or nothing funding. Each project posts a fundraising goal to be met within a specific timeframe and if it’s met, then the funds will be released. If, on the other hand the funding goal is not met, then no money changes hands (ie donor’s credit cards will not be charged).

    And this is where you and I can help. Time is running out for the Global Citizen Project funding. With less than 24 hours to go (18 hours as I write this and having just donated $40), just over $1000 is needed to met the funding goal.

    So what do you say?

    Want to give a helping hand and send Charyn on this very community based adventure?

    Even a single dollar would do. And for $10 or more, you can receive a ‘reward’ ranging from a home cooked meal to books and postcards.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is one project that will get off the ground, not only because it is about giving back to the community but also because it will allow the travel community to be involved in something bigger than just hopping on a plane.

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    Liz Lewis is a New Zealand based writer who favors wine tasting and food markets over bungy jumping and mountain climbing.