Once in a Life Time Chance - My Family Travels

Traveling is one of my favorite hobbies, which I have had the great fortune to enjoy all over the world.  The summer before my senior year I was given the amazing opportunity to travel to Africa.  In Africa I worked for a school building a kitchen and digging a trench so that water piping could be laid and the school could have clean water. The knowledge I learned from this cultural experience is immense and the information that I obtained will be useful in all areas of my life. The knowledge from learning how to make cement by hand to learning how to use different tools is a valuable skill that can benefit me.  The most valuable cultural knowledge I believe I can take away from this experience though is the workings of the Poli Village and African people.  The workings of a rural village are much different than any city I have ever visited in the United States. All food is homemade from the native peoples gardens, and their main source of income comes from chickens, cows, and pigs.  The Africans rely solely on themselves and appreciate everything they have more than most Americans appreciate anything they have.  I have learned that appreciating even the little things in my life is more important than any of the materials I have or may receive.  This lesson is hard at times to remember but when I think of the small amount of items that the Africans had and then it is easy to keep in mind that I have more in life than I truly need.  Going to Africa was a once in a lifetime opportunity that changed my life in a way I would of never expected.  The life long lessons and memories from this trip is something I will appreciate forever.

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