Archive for Category: "volunteer"
Last February, a group of friends and I ventured westward into the remote and desolate Kunene Region to visit fellow volunteers who were living near the city of Opuwo. We spent a memorable weekend driving along empty dirt roads, around mountains and through dry riverbeds in order to reach Epupa Falls.
The first time I was involved in an international service project–in fact, the first time I traveled abroad–it was to South Africa during my senior year of high school with my church youth group. I came home after service one day where they promoted trips to a variety of places over spring break and told my mom I wanted to go to South Africa. I wanted to be a part of a service trip. I wanted to make an impact across the world and do something of value.
We came to Namibia for adventure. We wanted to challenge ourselves, to stretch ourselves, to step out of our comfort zones. We came for the personal journey of self-discovery and we came in hope that this year abroad would help us uncover a bit more about ourselves and the path we would like to follow in life.
I met Ruhaila on my first day of teaching. She was sitting quietly, arms wrapped lovingly around her dictionary, with a sassy smirk across her face. She was intimidating and looked like she was not being challenged. Great, I thought. Here I was, my first day, teaching a class not even listed on my schedule with a know-it-all sitting front and center waiting for me to teach about environmental degradation
Something we talk about all the time in my college is the concept of global citizenship. What it means to be a global citizen differs based on who you’re talking to. Some people emphasize lots of short-term travel and a high degree of adaptability while others prefer longer trips that fully immerse them in a different culture.