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cool87
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Anyone here ever been in an underdevelopped country such as Africa for a few weeks or month ? If so, did you enjoyed your trip ? Has it been easy for you, the adaptation and all?

Cause we’ve been offered at our school for next year an awesome opportunity but also one which needs a lot of thinking about. To be more precise, they have offered us the opportunity to go spend a few weeks with an health organisation in a country such as Africa in order to sensibilize the people there to health issues which are particularly important for them such as STDs. So we would sensibilize them to STDs and explain to them the basics about those, most likely what is the most important per their situation : like how to protect themselves from those.

It sounds incredibly awesome. Really. Not just because of the sensibilisation we’ll do but because this is an incredible opportunity to see a new environment and learn a whole lot of things, see how diverse cultures and people can be. Langage is not a barrier because there will be translators so we will speak in English and those people will translate English to whatever langage they speak there, depending in what country we goes.

The only thing is that it is a whole lot to think about in terms of being in a new environment. I’ve never taken part in trips like that. It’s far more different than going to USA or even Europe. It’s like a totally different environment from ours. Sure our trip is mostly well organized and I for sure won’t be alone there if I go but I don’t know I’m still thinking about it and wondering if someone ever took part in something similar or have just even taken a simple trip there and how their experience was.
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(Just as a note, cool, depending on which country in Africa you may visit, many speak French as one of the primary languages, which may come as a huge benefit to you in terms of communication, because you may not have quite the same barrier as some people who may only speak English [Smile] )

This sounds like it could be a fantastic experience, and even though I have not personally experienced going anywhere out of the country that isn't already Americanized-as-is, I could not recomend it enough from what I've heard from peers and teachers. A good thing to remember about trips such as these, as well, is they are often not about being easy, nor fun necessarily, but how much you can learn and grow as a person by witnessing first-hand the experiences of other nations who don't have the same health care we (being the US, Canda, much of Europe, etc.) do, and to be able to appreciate and understand a different culture and the way people live when faced with as many hardships as many countries in Africa have been faced with (disease, violence, famine, drought...)

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Ive been to Morocco, which i would probably call one of the more developed countries in Africa (yes? my knowledge of these things isnt great) but that was really enjoyable, not hard to adjust, you just have to be.. travel wise i guess, about safety and money and things. They also speak french there,and some spanish.

that probably didnt help much, but you know.

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Thank you both. It's something I'm gonna have to think about.

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