As a child Alisha Robertson never dreamed of seeing and doing what she's accomplished already. It was two books Robertson read that really made her want to give back.
"A couple of books really influenced me as well The Blue Sweater and Half The Sky. Really amazing books in regards to the issues going on in the world today. In both of those books there is a call for action and I just felt really touched by those books and I decided this was my time, this was my call to action," said Robertson.
Over the year Robertson has traveled the world seeing first hand those in need in third world countries.
"Being face to face and actually befriending and being one with someone who maybe they don't have food every day. I have a friend who once told me everyday I am searching for my life, but the way he meant it was I am trying to survive and I don't know if I am going to have food tomorrow," said Robertson.
Though it has taken time for her family to get a better handle on why she travels, they have a better understanding of what she hopes to accomplish.
"And so I'm really comfortable now with her doing all this. It's a good cause, it's a very unselfish cause because you know she is young, and that's what she's chosen to do and I'm really proud of her," said Pam Guilliams, Alisha's mother.
I am just a normal person. I worked and I saved and I don't have anything special that anybody else doesn't have. So I just hope that they find motivation that if they want to do it they can do it," said Robertson.
Alisha is only home for a few more days before jetting off to Africa to work in South Sudan in a local orphanage. If you would like to read more about her travels check out her blog.