In the months leading up to our trip, we contacted our friends and families in an effort to raise money to donate to Ubuntu to support the work they do for people living in absolute poverty. We then traveled to South Africa to do some hands-on work with Ubuntu. This included working with children, planting a garden, learning about Ubuntu’s mission, and helping to spread the word about those in need and Ubuntu’s efforts to help them. In addition to gaining new perspectives on our lives, we also learned how we can help our community, both individually and with communities like that of Ubuntu. After a few days with Ubuntu, we went to a school and worked with Mava to plant a garden for a local school in need. This experience was rewarding for several reasons. Among these are the contact we had with the children at the school and the tangible labor we provided in an effort to help the school become more sustainable. Mr. McAdoo and the rest of our chaperones helped bridge the gap between the generous workers at Ubuntu, the children, and the students. Over the course of this trip, we realized just how lucky we are to live beyond subsistence, as we now appreciate the fact that others do not have what they need to exist healthily and safely. None of us will forget our trip to South Africa, the people we met while there, and the experiences we shared with each other.
– Zach, Class of 2013