Tag: culture


Tour Your Hometown: Jenna of Wander the Map 1. For starters, where is your current hometown and how long have you lived there? My current hometown is St. Paul, Minnesota. We just moved back to the area a little under a year ago, but my husband and I have lived around the “Twin Cities” area for over 8 years in total. 2. For many people,...

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Can you believe 2014 is already coming to an end?! This year really flew by. One year ago I was preparing to depart for my volunteer program in Livingstone, Zambia. December 2013 marked my first Christmas away from home, making it an extra special holiday season! Something about doing the same thing every Christmas really struck me. Sure, it’s important to spend time with family...

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I recently put together this video as a memento of my time in Zambia, and to give others a small glimpse into how I spent my holidays. For more on my experiences volunteering check out my previous blog posts. Enjoy! Questions about Zambia or interested in more information on how you can volunteer abroad? Let me know in the comments and I will be sure to follow up...

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A few months ago I returned from Zambia on a volunteer teaching program. I went there to teach kids in the community. But I came back home with the discovery that not only did I teach them, but they taught me. Many of us are so concerned about having the newest car, the latest technology, or the biggest house. In reality, none of these material things...

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If you have been keeping up with my blog you will know that I recently went on my first road trip about a month ago. It was a fantastic spring break, but it also made me realize something special. Travel is not limited to crossing international borders. I am always thinking about where the next stamp on my passport will be from, but what if I...

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We each have our own beliefs, and that belief system has been shaped (and will continue to evolve) over time by our experiences and by other people, whether they are close friends or just acquaintances. I believe it is important to stand up for your beliefs, as here in the United States and in many other parts of the world everyone is entitled to their...

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Reality can differ from person to person. That reality is all about each individual’s perspective. How you view the world can shape your opinions and beliefs and determine what you see as reality. This TED Talks video is a short talk, but it conveys an important message that really struck me. Raghava makes it clear that his religion knows no barriers. And he aims for the...

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You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. Just 2 weeks later and Africa is already behind me. My time there went by so quickly, but the memories will stick with me forever. I will never forget the way the kids’ faces would light up when given a ball to play with or the first time...

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“How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving.” -James Cash Penny We taught our first lesson today: America day! We taught the kids about snow, American football, Thanksgiving, and more. They were pretty intrigued when they saw pictures of snow, and...

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