LearnServe South Africa '17 Blog

LearnServe Teacher’s Blog: Final Thoughts from South Africa (7/14)

July 14, 2017 What’s next? Where do we go from here? I am pleased to report that we are all back safe and sound in the USA!  Our 16/17-day journey in South Africa has come to a close and we now must answer the question, “So, what now?”…

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LearnServe South Africa 2017: The Greatest Gift of All (7/8)

July 12, 2017 As I reflect on today, I want to say that I gave the boys I interacted with the “Greatest Gift of All.” I gave them someone their age to talk to that we as teenagers desperately need.  The struggle of dealing with emotions is common…

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LearnServe South Africa 2017: Table Mountain (7/3)

Today was full of adventures and excitement. Although today was very tiring, the group and I enjoyed ourselves and got closer to some new friends like Push, Mike, Ashley, and more. It was a very jammed-packed day where the group experienced the type of opportunity…

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LearnServe South Africa 2017: Safari (7/9)

July 11, 2017 On Sunday, we explored many things in South Africa. We left downtown Cape Town from the backpackers to travel two hours to the Aquila Resort for a 2 day, 1 night Safari!   At Aquila, we went on our first game ride.  Our driver, John, blessed…

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LearnServe South Africa 2017: Last Day with the Homestead Project (7/8)

Today was our last day working with The Homestead Project. It felt good to work with those kids and be able to teach them some of our games. Also, some of the kids were saying some positive things about what we did for their home.…

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LearnServe South Africa 2017: The Message Trust (7/7)

My day Friday went very well; I enjoyed every part of it!  The experiences throughout the day helped me reflect on how I would like to help people, and also how to be a better investor and entrepreneur. During the beginning of the day, we…

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LearnServe South Africa 2017: The Homestead–Grassroots/CYCC (7/6)

After today’s experience in working on developing The Homestead–Grassroots/CYCC, a starting area for kids who come from abandoned homes and/or lives affected by “gangsterism,” I felt kind and generous for helping kids less privileged than me fix their soccer field, clean their garage, and build…

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LearnServe Teacher’s Blog: Growth (7/10)

Yes, it’s super late here in Cape Town, but the good news is that it’s not too late back in DC!  I just can’t go to bed tonight without recapping our last few days in Cape Town since we completed the Homestead service work. The

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LearnServe Teacher’s Blog: Pushing Through to Make a Sustainable Difference (7/8)

July 10, 2017 At this point in the trip, we are on the tail end.  We have made it through our hump (days 7-10) and are now in the homestretch.  For those of you who have been on extended travel trips, you know what happens in the middle.…

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LearnServe Teacher’s Blog: July 4th in South Africa (7/4)

July 7, 2017 This year marked the second time I’ve spent the 4th out of the country traveling with LearnServe International and my young men in the Eastern Men of Excellence program.  And so at the end of this reflection, I would like to pay tribute to 5…

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