East Africa 3 Month Packing List

Clothing: Dresses x2 Shorts x2 Tanks x3 T shirts x5 Work pants x4 Cardigan x2 Trekking Pants x1 Leggings x1 Half leggings x2 Elephant Pants x1 Long skirt x1 Socks x14 Underwear x14 Swimsuits x1 Sleepwear Sports Bra x3 Reg Bra x2 Hoodie  Zip up sweater Rain jacket Sarong Hat

Culture Shock

You’ve been lucky enough to venture off into a new culture, and experience that culture with such depth that your home has become a distant memory. Without even realizing it, your life has changed drastically. You’ve become accustomed to this new environment and all the social norms that come with it. That is until youContinue reading “Culture Shock”

International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ) Review: South Africa

From what I understand, IVHQ is the umbrella organization to many local NGO’s. In this sense, it’s great because your supervisors are locals and therefore have more inside knowledge. The downside to this however, is that the quality of each IVHQ program will vary. As I have only volunteered with IVHQ in South Africa I can’t beContinue reading “International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ) Review: South Africa”

Adventuring in South Africa

How does sky diving in Cape Town, getting a birds eye view of the ocean, beaches and table mountain sound? Or what about bungee-jumping off Bloukrans Bridge at 216 m, one of the worlds highest bungee jumping sites? Even better, coming face to face with a great white shark, or climbing one of the 7Continue reading “Adventuring in South Africa”

South African Travels

South Africa may not be your number one travel destination, but I am here to tell you that it SHOULD be. I understand the reasons that stops someone from boarding a plane to South Africa. A) it is literally far away from everything. Unless you live in Zambia,  Botswana, Zimbabwe or one of the other manyContinue reading “South African Travels”

10 reasons why you should volunteer abroad

1. Cultural exposure. By volunteering abroad you gain a wider perception of the country you’re in. You are not only interacting with locals, but you are interacting with them on a level that is much more complex and sophisticated rather than the more often superficial interactions you would have with them through other means ofContinue reading “10 reasons why you should volunteer abroad”

My response to the best day of my life

When I first started writing this post I realized how difficult it is to explain this day. The nostalgia I feel for this point in my life is so real and so strong. I have no way of connecting back to this moment, it’s not something materialistic or objective, and it’s not a place I canContinue reading “My response to the best day of my life”

75 Daily Occurrences That Make Me Privileged

With continuous education and cultural exposure, I have been constantly reflecting on everyday privilege that I, and most of the other people around me, experience. In the spirit of being “stressed out” that I have a million assignments to do, classes to attend, work to go to, volunteer commitments, and ‘somewhat’ of a social lifeContinue reading “75 Daily Occurrences That Make Me Privileged”

Quotes from my Kenyan Travels

“After about an hour we have to stop because the van had broken down, right beside the water buffalo” “I just came back from the killing of the goat. It was really sad but I think it’s something everyone needs to see. It’s ignorant of us to just eat meat everyday and not know how that meat became food”
“My heart hurts because I’m in an air-conditioned plane, and going to the bathroom on sanitary toilets. It hurts because I’m seeing all the little things we take for granted and my journey home has just begun.”