To celebrate our 40th Anniversary, my wife Cindy and I wanted to do something meaningful and fun, so we chose a volunteer vacation. We traveled to Africa with a purpose in mind – to help build a school in Mungano, a small village outside Mombasa, Kenya. It turned out to be a trip of a lifetime.
When you hear someone say, "I went to Mexico." What comes to mind? Cruise ships. A picturesque vista. Palm trees. Fruity beverages. Oh, and tropical weather. Yes, all the vacation-y things. You typically don't imagine your days south of the border to be serenaded by birds and your freezing cold nights set to the soundtrack of about 1 million dogs.
In this particular case, they were.
Our guest blogger today is Teresa Larsen - a dental hygienist, a long time CHOICE supporter, and humanitarian. She recently returned from an expedition to Guatemala with our partner Dr. Roy Hammond with Smiles for Life. This organization trains men and women in extreme rural areas around the world in basic dental skills. In this blog, Teresa talks about her path and her personal challenge.
“In youth we learn” – not only a popular quote but incredibly accurate when it comes to many of the bright young people that support us. Sydney is just such an individual. After returning recently from Mexico on an expedition with ASEA, Sydney developed, and blogged about, five critical findings relevant to anyone no matter their economic standing or education level. She also was quick to recognize that after all the hard work, a woman deserves a refreshing Coke.
Thank you, Sydney, for being our guest blogger this week! Her five critical findings here!