I'm pretty excited. I've been thinking about doing this since I graduated from college in 2004, and I'm about ready to make it a reality. I spent 2+ year during college working at an after school program w/teens with disabilities, and no other job I've had has touched me as deeply. Had I figured this out earlier in my education, I probably wouldn't have ended up with a BA in Communication Studies-Public Relations I've spent the last 4 years working in "corporate" jobs-enterprise software consulting, admin for a environ. Consulting firm, a awesome non-profit working in fundraising and now an internet advertising company. All fairly lucrative careers, but pretty uninspiring.
Starting mid-winter (Feb or March), I'm planning to start the NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc.) instructor self-course. Once I finish that, I'll do my instructor training hours at a NARHA facility back in California after we move home. I may find that I can't make enough money to live on doing this, but I'm hopeful that between that and my freelance writing/other skills, I can make it work. I was telling my bf about it this morning, and he seemed confused as to why I was worried about making $15-20 an hour. Enter blushing and mumbling about having a family.
So anyway, I'll be getting to combiine two things I love most in this world, horses and working with people with special needs, and that's so freaking exciting.