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Good People Along the Way

Throughout our travels, we have consistently had the pleasure of explaining our trip to various people we have encountered over the past few months. All of the people we have talked with seemed generally impressed and happy with the work we have done. "Oh, that's wonderful", "How fantastic", and "Good for you" have been typical responses we have received. Although we have met wonderful people who have been traveling with service and service learning, not many people seemed to even consider the idea of traveling with a purpose. We would meet random people in random airports as they were vacationing, and after telling them about what we were doing, you could sense a feeling of guilt or jealousy. Here they were, vacationing at their leisure, while we were volunteering and making a difference in the same area as them. While these vacationers were hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, or going on safaris, we were meeting with various NGOs and charitable organizations, furthering our knowledge, while helping others. That, in a way was the main mission of Amizade. Cross cultural learning experiences. We became knowledgeable on subjects in the international field, while helping others who sometimes desperately needed assistance. While installing water tanks in rural Tanzania, I learned first hand from local governmental officials what globalization has done for them and their communities. Hopefully, by sharing our experiences with fellow travelers, more people will know about the good work Amizade has done, and that they too are able to help people around the world.

Posted by JoeEKateD 05:04 Archived in Tanzania Tagged educational

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