August 6th, 2013

I have struggled to find a reliable internet connection, making posts embarrassingly few and far between. The orientation went unbelievably well. On Friday, July 26th, we met at Chelsea Piers for our first evening together. The night was full of

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June 27, 2013

BBL is lucky to have so many amazing people working there. The folks that make the center run: They work endless hours. Never seem to tire. Never fail to find a little more room in their hearts. BBL is just

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June 26, 2013

By the end of today we had given away approximately 300 boxes of books to over 50 schools and non-profit organizations, totaling over 10,000 books. It’s pretty awesome to think about how much these books are impacting this community and

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June 25, 2013

The American students are being pushed to the brink. I am amazed they haven’t mutinied! They are being so amazing about stepping up and getting the work done. We are really only two days into this experience, we are sore,

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June 24, 2013

We split the groups into four jobs, or at least, we expected to. One group of five students would be working with an organization called AGLOW (a project run by Beauty, who also hosted our cultural orientation and was the

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June 23rd, 2013

Today was one of the more powerful days I have ever spent in Maun. Another first for this trip, we had all of the students and chaperones visit a small group of local volunteers, mainly BBL staff, in the churches.

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June 22nd, 2013

This is the first time our trip has ever spent a weekend in Maun. My friend and colleague at BBL, Onkagetse Present, works closely with me planning these trips. Over the last year, he worked tirelessly to put together an

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June 20 & 21, 2013

Our third day in the bush began much like our second: early wake up, safari drive, back at camp for lunch. On this drive, we did manage to find a new pride of lion who were eating a buffalo, but

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June 19 & 20 2013

During our three days in Chobe, we saw many wonderful sights, went on a boat ride, and spent one sleepless night listening to the roars of lion slowly coming closer. On our first morning we saw the largest number of

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June 18th, 2013

On Tuesday, we began our day with a very early morning elephant back safari. At sunrise, we loaded two buses for the short trip to one of Zimbabwe’s many national parks, where we visited Wild Horizons Wildlife Trust. They take

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