In September I set off for a four month travel stint to Africa. I am an avid traveler and Africa has always intrigued me. I boarded the plane with a bit of trepidation as I didn’t know what to expact. During my time in Kenya I knew Africa was where I wanted to begin a long dream to bring HS students abroad. During the past four months I have had many ups and downs and have seen some of the most beautiful people, cultures and landscapes in the world. But it was Zanzibar that has stolen my heart. Once I arrived October 24th I started looking at property thr very next day. I have found a peace I have never known and a love for the people here.
I have connected with a wonderful school directly across the street that focuses on education for handicapped kids. This is where we will spend a few hours a day volunteering during the week.
Zanzibar is a perfect place to get our feet wet with an international trip with purpose. The need here is great as schools are lacking supplies, many kids sit on dirt floors while learning, the families are mostly impoverished but that doesn’t impede their kindness and humbleness in any way. It’s the sweetest experience to walk around and have shoeless kids see you and yell Jambo (Hello in Swahili). Their smiles are infectious and their charisma and charm is never ending. They have nothing but they are happy.
I believe we can make a huge impact on thier lives and in return we will walk away from this life Changing experience with gratitude in our hearts.
I hope you consider having your HS students join me this summer for a once in a lifetime experience.
We will heading off to Zanzibar, Tanzania for four weeks at the end of June through the third week of July. During our time we will spend our days volunteering with the local school kids. But this trip isn’t all work and no play. The weather and beach in Zanzibar is warm all year round so the weekends and evenings will offer plenty of time to enjoy the most beautiful ocean in the world.
Dates: the exact dates of the trip will be confirmed in February but the plan is to leave the last week of June and return the end of the third week of July.
Cost: $the exact dates of the trip will be confirmed in February but the plan is to leave the last week of June and return the end of the third week of July. You can reserve a spot by paying the $1,000 non-refundable deposit and paying the balance no later than May 1st. Deposits will be applied to the total cost of the trip. Refunds can be requested until April 30th, however, the $1,000 deposit is non-refundable.
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Yes we are going to have a blast hanging out on the beach in Zanzibar. But travel has so much more to offer. When you contribute to the community the benefits begin to stack in unmeasurable and certainly intangible ways. We will be in an environment where we are spending time with kids and while we think we are improving their quality of life, something mysterious happens.
One of the things I have learned during my years of travel through developing countries is that often times first world problems aren’t really problems at all. While I have learned a great deal of patience, but more than that I have learned to put things into perspective and tease out what things in life are really important. Giving of oneself without the expectation of anything in return is a sign of real love. I want students to understand life is so much bigger than the world we live in. I want to instill in them ways to contribute on a world wide level.
Every High Schooler has something special to offer. In this program they will learn how to give selflessly of their time and learn what unique things they have that are inside of them.
In my personal experience the barometer of successful outcomes are measured in two ways. You have the immediate results which you can see right away but often times the most important outcomes are realized in hindsight and the growth that comes is ongoing.
i want kids to have a thirst for travel. I'm not talking about just going places. My intent is far deeper. Learning about new cultures, religions, languages and barriers to a successful life builds tolerance and acceptance of people.
My personal hope for each student is they find an appreciation for the life they have. I have seen kids who are severely impoverished and have nothing at all, yet they are still happy. That is something we can all learn from.
Things to consider and talking points to have with your students