Re: My trip to Rwanda
I am really glad I went. Not only have I always lived in the US, I have always lived in Kansas. The past few years, I have really noticed how this area, and my town in particular, is a very sheltered region. There is no diversity of people here, but the high school I attended has a boarding program that hosts a number of international students. One of the best decisions I ever made was befriending several of them, even if no other US student did. I may have lived in Kansas my whole life, but I learned so much about the world simply by hanging out with other kids from across the globe.
When I returned home from my trip, I was somewhat disappointed. I was bursting forth with stories of what I saw and did in Africa. I came into work after 3 weeks of being gone, and people were honestly more excited about one of the programmers getting a new car than hearing about life on the other side of the globe. From what I garnered, people thought it was no cooler than taking a trip to Florida or Nebraska, but I guess you can't be excited for someone.
I am extremely glad I got this opportunity, and if anyone else has the opportunity to travel to Africa, I would tell you to do so in a heartbeat, just be careful. It is a beautiful continent with some great people.