I have been gone for almost 13 days now and have been in South Africa for 11 or 12 of those days (I think). South Africa is beautiful. The landscape is an immaculate mixture of mountains (Tsi Tsi Kamma...??), oceanfront, fields, and forest. I like to think of it as all the geography of the United States in one area. The past days have been extremely busy and I feel like I have experienced a lifetime of adventures in such a short period of time. The group dynamic is similar to that of lifelong friends, even similar to family. We all get along very well and have learned so much about each other in the time we've shared.
We started our journey at Ingwe, a forest adventure and team building retreat. We had TBB orientation seminars intersperced with once-in-a-lifetime adventures, including Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, and Africanyon Kaloofing. The time at Ingwe crafted exciting expectations for everyone and reassured me that Thinking Beyond Borders is going to be an amazing, life-changing experience.
Yesterday our group packed up and left Ingwe and moved into our host family's homes after a brief overview of Plett Aid and the townships we would be living in. The townships are much different than Ingwe, but they're more representative of what I originally thought of Africa. There are many small houses close together and kids and cows and dogs and chickens roaming the street! You can feel the energy of people laughing and playing together, but there is also a calm air that flows through the township. The lifestyle is relaxed which is a refreshing change from even my suburban area in the states. My host family is so friendly and inviting and the house is spotless and very modern. I was initially surprised to see the wonderful conditions of my home for the next 7 weeks, but of course I'm not complaining! The bed is nicer than mine at home! I'm so excited to start working for Plett Aid, shadowing home care providers, helping in the clinics, at the wellness center, and providing support for a local primary school. I will do another update soon to go into more detail about my amazing experiences, but I need to process all the information and get into the normal routine for the coming weeks before I produce any thought provoking blogging. I'm having an amazing time and I'm safe and taken care of, for all of you worried out there ;-)
Peace out for now!
An attempt to document my journey through 5 countries, 3 global issues and billions of people