Three days until our departure, three books to read on the planes, and three planes until we arrive in Uganda for the Backpack Journalism adventure.
This summer’s trip will be my second Backpack Journalism trip, but my first trip to Africa. Last year’s to the Dominican Republic (DR) was incredible and and so much fun that it drew me back for another one this summer.
When people ask me why I wanted to go to Africa, my response was “Why not?” I love seeing new places, cultures, people and experiencing something few people may get the opportunity to.
That is what I got out of the DR, new experiences and new perspectives after seeing an entirely different culture. Being able to bear witness to the people we encountered and have the privilege of telling their story is something I can never forget and will be forever grateful for having the opportunity.
I am about to embark on a journey where I meet the people that you only hear about, the hometown heros that make the difference in people’ lives without asking for recognition. People who work for their community for the sole purpose of giving back.
That is why I want to go to Africa, to meet these people and to hear their stories that have changed lives. I know that I will be changed, but howâ€¦ that I am not sure about. Time will tell and this blog will likely be a way for me to work it out through words.
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