A few weeks after returning to Canada from my volunteer experience in Tanzania, I took part in a cooking class as part of a team-building exercise. I couldn’t help but contrast this scene with another cooking experience; one that took place in the quiet backyard of a modest Tanzanian home, surrounded by banana trees. This kitchen came equipped with a fire pit, a few well-worn pots, some woven baskets, and simple wooden utensils. Here, a dozen or so Tanzanian "mamas" taught two North American women how to cook a meal for 60. No electricity, no recipes, no appliances.
Sometimes, we get a letter so touching that we want to share it with everyone. Today is one of those days! University of Michigan Professor Victoria Johnson sent this glowing review to CCS founder and executive director Steve Rosenthal after she took her International Nonprofits class to volunteer abroad with CCS trip in Morocco.
A couple of months ago, Cross-Cultural Solutions received an email from CCS Kilimanjaro volunteer Cinde Dolphin. She said, "The experience in Kilimanjaro touched me deeply, along with volunteer Jill Holroyd. We had the opportunity to work with Mkombozi, a women's micro-loan cooperative. We stay in touch with the Mkombozi members, and have developed a website to educate others about the amazing work they're doing."
Is it June already? A lot has happened since my last blog post in September 2013.
Kirkwood Community College completed a campus-wide application process for the Cross-Cultural Solutions program. We selected seven outstanding students and one faculty member from the English Language Acquisition (ELA) Program.
I will never forget the moment I stepped off the plane and into Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca. Jet lag seemed to be dragging my body into the floor beneath me and I struggled to read the signs around me.
This was my first trip overseas, the first time I would ever travel on my own. All I had ever known were big American cities like Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC. I think that was part of what drew me to Morocco – it was so different from anything I had ever known.