Africa

I spent a month in two countries in 2010: South Africa and Rwanda and have been aching to get back to the continent ever since.

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Counter to popular believe much of the continent is largely safe, not starving and contains sleepy villages with friendly people. It is also a misnomer to refer to the entire continent ‘Africa’ as if it were a monolith of one culture and people. Instead it is more appropriate to think in regions with North Africa having heavily influence from the Middle East with a mostly Islamic population, West Africa where many American immigrants hail their roots from, East Africa where much of the tourism of Africa lies, central Africa and South Africa – a true outlier in the continent.

I volunteered through the Global Volunteer Network (GVN) in Rwanda and had a truly unforgettable local experience. If you are traveling to a developing country, I highly recommend looking at a volunteer program or homestay as a way to engage in authentic travel, as well as give back to the local community. I will say that a minimum of a month is usually required to actually improve a project, although longer is always better.

Check out the ‘Africa’ tab on the right for some awesome stories and unforgettable experiences I had while participating in this program.

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