A trip I took in 2011 to Tanzania really touched me. I left for one month to volunteer in a small rural town; to help rebuild a school that was in desperate need of safe, clean, comfortable classroom environments for the children to learn. Though I knew I was going to a remote part of the world, it was still a shock to the system when I arrived; no running water, no electricity, no "conventional" toilet services and wild rodents as my roommates. I was so out of my element, and yet, I felt reassured by the work we were doing there. Our contributions was humbling because they were meaningful.
I have fond memories of the traditional songs and dances, the beautiful people we met. Three weeks later, we completed our task with aches, tears, laughter and pure JOY. I remember looking back at the school, the classrooms, the teachers and student faces, even the locals that jumped in to help out, and thinking to myself, this is what life is really about.
My experience in Western Africa, reaffirmed my belief that it’s our duty to spread love where and when we can. It is our duty to give back. I'm committed to using my time and talents to making a difference around me and around the world.