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Around the World in Two Years…and counting!

 

My name is Jeff. I am a Canadian global citizen who has been living his dream, travelling the world for the past 2 years. My journey started in South East Asia near the beginning of 2017. I spent the majority of the year exploring many incredible countries, meeting many local and foreign friends, and experiencing various South East Asian customs and cultures. Concluding 2017, my focus and journey shifted to the amazing continent, Africa.

Throughout this journey, I had 1 single commitment, it was to raise 3000£ for MTW, and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with a group of 7 ladies who I hadn’t met before. Our climb was scheduled for the 28th of December, we were to summit on January 2nd, 2018 (which all 8 of us did) and come back down to Earth on the 3rd. This 7 day adventure was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. We learned from one another, we challenged each other, we were vulnerable, we laughed, we supported, and we grew together. Teamwork truly made the dream work!!! One of our exercises I enjoyed the most was our daily highlight/learning. While we sat down before dinner, amongst measuring our heart rates and oxygen levels, each of us would rate how we were feeling on a scale of 1-5, 5 being high. Once our ratings were completed, we would individually offer what our highlight of the day was, as well as, what we learned from our daily adventure. As one can imagine, nothing was off limits. Answers ranged from hilarious to  heartwarming. Being that close on a massive mountain was an experience I’ll cherish forever. I couldn’t have been blessed with a better group to complete such a colossal challenge. Life long friendships were formed, and many magical memories were manufactured. Love you ladies.

Once we said our goodbye’s, I continued my journey in Tanzania, and volunteered with The Venance Care Foundation. Venance is an amazing man with a heart of gold, who is a hero and an inspiration to me. I am proud to call Venance my friend. When I finished with The Venance Care Foundation, I moved on to Kenya, and volunteered with The Chaddy Mission in Nakuru. I then returned to Tanzania to volunteer with Lescota Charity, building the Mango school. Everyone I have volunteered alongside has inspired me to be the best version of myself. I have found a perfect balance between volunteering and travelling. In my opinion, they are mentally, physically and spiritually connected. I feel when I am finished with one, the other comes calling. I am blessed to experience this, without a schedule or a detailed plan for the most part, my two passions at the moment, dictate my next move. My latest project has brought me to Ghana, where I have been assisting with a pilot farming and agricultural program. This project has also brought me closer to Medie, and Move The World….especially the Get Global program.

Ghana is a wonderful country, with some of the friendliest people I’ve met in Africa so far. Ghana has given me the gift of coming full circle with Move The World (MTW). I was fortunate enough to meet some of the lovely ladies involved with MTW on Mt. Kilimanjaro, and hear all about how MTW is impacting the lives of Ghana’s future leaders. Now, I get to experience the impact first hand. Like most African countries, Ghana has issues such as: poverty, hunger, water, sanitation, health, gender equality, social justice, etc.. Some issues are more prevalent than others, however, all need to be recognised and addressed. Admittedly, I was a little overwhelmed when I arrived in Accra, and discovered the amount of plastic waste generated and polluting the city. And with having a construction mechanical background, the gutter/drainage systems are completely outdated and substandard to what I am used to. Get Global is an amazing program designed and facilitated by MTW, which is educating and implementing ideas to eradicate many of these issues. In my opinion teaching the students about the 17 SDGs is a huge step in the right direction. The children love the program, their involvement and excitement is encouraging to witness first hand.

The facilitators that MTW have trained are passionate about the program, the students, and making a difference in their community. Get Global is going to be a success.

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