Africa

Lessons I learned in Africa

April 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Everyone should engage in an oversea’s volunteering project in a third-world country at least once in their life.   I left for Soundougouba, a little village in Mali, Africa on the summer of 2005, and came back 3 months later a whole different person. At that time I was 23, on the verge of graduating from a top-tier business school and beginning a great career in Marketing.   Doing this project was so opposite from who I was, a young and ambitious capitalist college girl, yet a part of me was thrilled to stumble into a whole different world. A world where greed and money wasn’t at the center of people’s lives. For those of you who never got the opportunity to volunteer abroad, here are some of the lessons I learned during that summer where I built a microcredit program, a community garden, and spent a lot of time just “being in the moment”.     Live simply “There are 3 things in life: health, sickness, and the unexpected.”  ~ Malian proverb Life doesn’t need to be complicated.  Live simply, cultivate relationships with other people and don’t forget you really don’t need all that stuff. In my village, kids played with what they found in the trash.  Old tires, cardboards and even old pots and pans. Children there are always happy and smiling.  Does our children need the […]