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Val Cape Town South Africa

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Valencia Tuitt

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I will be embarking on a volunteer trip to Cape Town South Africa working with the organization African Impact. The focus of my trip will be to support, aid and learn in any way I can in rural villages outside Cape Town in South Africa.

South Africa, the Rainbow Nation, is a diverse multi ethnic country located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa.

Although the economy is one of the largest amongst other Sub-Saharan African countries it still has relatively high poverty and unemployment levels. Most troubling is the number of people infected with HIV/AIDS. South Africa has the largest population of HIV/AIDS patients in the world.

Although there is a tragic history and many sad stories told about the day to day living conditions in South Africa the residents will tell you that is NOT what they want their final legacy to be. Nelson Mandela worked tirelessly to improve his country's position and there are many organizations, on the ground, focused on making things better as well. One such organization is African Impact! They are present and on the ground, in disadvantaged communities, supporting schools, medical clinics, and family programs. They have partnered with other organizations, worked with local government and communities in a collaborative effort to provide the services that best serves the disadvantaged and have been recognized for their efforts.

My program is called the Cape Town Over 30's.

I've been very fortunate to have a blessed life and want for nothing. As a child my family was very active in community volunteer efforts. It was never a question of why and how, it was the norm to always contribute whatever we could with funds but more often we gave with the might and strength of our minds and hands.

Being passionate about children, youth education/empowerment, and in my efforts to continue my family's legacy, I currently volunteer with the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital Sibling Program and iMentor.

This will be my first volunteer trip and I KNOW it will not be my last! Travel is another of my life's passion and being blessed with the opportunity of combining the two can only be described as "kismet" and I will be forever humbled and grateful!! LUCKY ONE!

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