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Learning About KACH

Today we continued with our training by doing speed work. Our Kenyan coach Abel created a challenging workout for us to do on the dirt roads thoughhout the Kithoko community. It was a tough workout of timed intervals at race pace or “fartlek.” We jogged back to Tiriji Ecocenter as a group and enjoyed a…

Running through the morning mist

Kenya running has been awesome so far. We started the day with a great hill workout that our Kenyan coach Abel created for us – after a warm-up jog on the red dirt roads through the morning mist, we ran an awesome set of hills. When we returned to Tirji Ecocenter, we enjoyed a healthy…

I cannot believe that I get to run in Kenya

On our last day in Nairobi, we took some time to be tourists as we visited the Giraffe Sanctuary and Elephant Orphange. The morning was filled with a pure, childlike excitement, as we got to feed and even kiss the giraffes, watch in awe as baby elephants stampeded aroun in the mud, and even catch…

Introduction to KACH

Shawn and Fay report that the group had a great first day at the Kitohoka Amani Children’s Home (KACH) where they were learned about the project work they will be doing and also heard from Dr. Karambu (Executive Director of IPI). The group is in good spirits and will get a student post up as…

A Full Day

Our course instructors report the group had another full day and after spending the morning at El Desayunador providing meals for 700-1000 refugees and homeless they had a chance to explore and learn more about Tijuana with Maria, Director of Madres y Familias Deportadas. The group finished with a discussion of Haidt’s Moral Pillars.

Focus: HOPE

We started our day at Focus:HOPE. After an orientation from Tom, we got to work packaging food to be delivered to seniors in the greater Detroit area. After lunch, Tom gave us a tour of Focus:HOPE’s facilities and talked with the group about the history and growth of the organization. We then went to visit…

Return Flight Information

Bolivia Return Flight Information: Flight: AA 938 Departs Bolivia on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 AM Arrives in Miami on Tuesday, July 16 at 2:06 PM

Be Ready to Listen

And here we are, we’ve made it to the end of our journey. We started our last full day with three knocks on our door at 5:45 to head out for a morning safari drive. Although we did not see as many exciting animals as we did last night, consisting of zebras, a lion, a…

Leaving Charque

The group was tired, dirty, and ready to get back to Rurrenbaque. After three nights of sleeping in the jungle of the Amazon, everyone was eager to take a shower and sleep in a real bed. The work we did in the Charque community was fulfilling and we were satisfied with what we had accomplished,…

Humility

Throughout the wonderful time we have spent together as a group, we have all grown to understand the concept of humility in a new way. Whether it was by learning more about traditional Lakota ceremonies, that horseback riding isn’t as easy as it seems to be, or understanding that things don’t always go as expected….

Pine Ridge Commentary

On the first day of this course, we learned that the children’s camp was canceled. Bewildered and disappointed, the instructors engaged their thirteen years of experience leading the Pine Ridge course to create a meaningful program in ethical leadership. The first lesson was handed to us in the news of the canceled camp: how to…

Update from the field

We have heard from our course instructor team that yesterday “the group began a hike at 13,000 feet and reached a hidden lake at 14,600 feet, with views of a peak nearing 25,000. The altitude was a challenge, but it was a great experience. Later, we visited a nomadic family of yak herders. Traveling to…

Return Flight Information

The SStS 2019 Panama Crew will be returning home tomorrow, Monday, July 8. Their flight information can be found below: American Airlines Flight 1347 (Monday, July 8) Departs Panama City at 6:15 a.m. Arrives in Miami at 10:22 a.m.

The Inipi and Black Hills

The Inipi: we took part in a traditional Lakota ceremony called inipi, which means “to live”, and is shaped like the mother’s womb, representing rebirth. The inipi is a dark canvassed tent that is heated with many hot stones from a fire. Inside, we sit by decreasing age in a circle, and participate in prayers…

Learning Cultural Traditions

On our first morning in Pine Ridge, we stood in a circle from oldest to youngest age as tradition in the Lakota heritage. Women were on one side and men on the other. To get to know each other, we went around and said each others names. Then, we took our first step into the…

A Simple Exchange

Ring shopping has been something I was definitely looking forward to on this trip. Returning with not only a new outlook on life, but a new and fresh style that I could say was from a community right in the heart of South America. As I set out on this endeavor after lunch, I found…

B.L.I.S.S. High School

July 5th started just like any other day. We woke up bright and early at 6:45 and prepared for our day. We proceeded to Tiriji where we engaged in a group yoga session (and for me a very inflexible 17 year old boy I watched in awe as our instructor and the majority of my…

A Growing of Understanding

I feel over these past two weeks I have witnessed a growing of understanding of what motivates me and the people around me to be happy and make others happy; it is the giving of something selflessly from one person to the next. The absolute generosity of the villagers comes from their happiness of making…

Iris Rescue and Reflections on Basketball

Reid – My favorite part of the day was when we replanted the irises. This was my favorite because it was our first hard work experience. Since I signed up for this trip, I’ve been waiting to go into the swamp and get some real work in. I was sad to find out that that…

Polo Beach

The past few days we’ve had the chance to explore the local sites on Bocas. In the midst of our journey we came upon a man by the name of Polo. An eccentric man, Polo has lived on “Polo beach” for 55 years, aptly named after him. Once a millionaire, he blew all his money…

A National Holiday

Today in Panama is a national holiday. Today the new government was sworn into office. In Panama, a presidential election happens every 5 years. Citizens of Panama must be 18 years old to vote. Citizens go to vote at schools. In this recent election, four parties had good turnout at the polls. The parties were…

Day 1 – Jazz Brunch and Krishna Temple

We spent our first day exploring the French Quarter and taking in the diverse culture of the city of New Orleans. Below are reflections from Vishal and Joe on the Jazz Brunch and Krishna Ceremony and dinner. Check out the video from Jazz brunch posted to the SStS instagram account as well! Stay tuned for…

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