Part of the oath I made as a traveler was to do some volunteer work abroad wherever a lending hand to help is scarce. Of course the type of work, the company I volunteer with, and the location will vary depending on several factors, but seeing as though Habitat for Humanity is already an organization very close to my heart, I’d love to do another build with them…in Africa.
My first Habitat build took place in Anchorage, Alaska back in 2010, and to this day, it is still one of my fondest memories. As cliche as it is for me to say, that trip was life-changing in the most positive ways and played a huge role in my decision to travel around the world. When I was initially trying to decide where to go for my first Habitat trip, Africa nearly won the vote until I considered it would be best to start with a domestic location. Now that I’ve gotten a feel for the activities that go on during a Habitat trip, I know I’d be comfortable doing a build with them anywhere overseas. Specifically speaking, I’d like to do a build in Kenya, Zambia or South Africa.
So why Africa? In my own eyes, the people of Africa are the most in need of some generous help, and it is the most undiscovered territory by Americans. The media paints this dark picture of Africa like it’s a land of disease, war, and heat like we’ve never known, but we’ll never truly understand what goes on there unless we see it for ourselves. Habitat is a great way to visit Africa for the first time in the safety of a group and a controlled environment before working up the courage to explore on your own.
Ideal Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Projected Price: $3000 USD
Actual Price: TBD
Date Completed: TBD
Every Monday, I will reveal one thing on my bucket list that I hope to accomplish one day (get it?), and hopefully, you’ll feel inspired to share one item on yours. Let’s share dreams and encourage each other to cross one off as frequently as possible.