Go 2018: Superheroes

Today, I was surrounded by superheroes.

One of the most impactful days of the trip was also one of the hardest.

Each year in South Africa, there are more deaths from starvation than HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined. According to FAO, Africa has the highest prevalence of undernourishment — nearly 21% of the population is affected. Today, we worked to lessen that statistic.

We teamed up with Rise Against Hunger to pack meals for local families in need. We had two hours set aside in our day and a goal to pack 10,000 meals. Challenge accepted.


With an assembly line-style process filled with a lot of celebration, good music (with epic beat drops) and meals, in two hours we were able to pack boxes filled with 10,800 meals. That’s 10,800 people who will go to bed without feeling hunger for the night. That could be 10,800 lives that might be saved, just by having a meal in their bodies. Rise Against Hunger has a goal to end world hunger by 2030, and with days like these… I feel pretty confident that they’re on the right track.

As I’m wrapping up my last post about this trip, I’m heavily reflecting on my time and lessons learned.

The people we have met over here have truly taught me what it is to live. They are happy, loving and living every moment they have. They value community and know that with help, they can get things done. The children are full of energy, joy, imagination and they play and learn without a care in the world.


Build the Future has given people an opportunity to have a next step, daily tasks and new skills that could impact the lives of everyone that encounters this organization and then impact the lives of the people those people interact with. Very rarely in life do you experience first hand lives changing right in front of you; but I saw that every day here.

I would recommend a trip like this to anyone. This challenged me in ways I never thought would be possible. I grew without even realizing it and I’m coming back to the states with such a positive, hopeful view of the world with tangible steps I can take to do my part in making it better.

Thank you again to everyone that helped me get here. Please contact me if you’d like to learn more about my trip, see more photos, or share a story of your own. Get out there and explore!


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Go 2018: Dust Storm

When thinking about traveling internationally, you think about a lot of things. You think about the weather, the language, the things to do, the culture and often the currency.

But something you can’t prepare for is immersing yourself in the lives and elements of the people and places you’re surrounded by.


As seen in my last post, Durban is a stunning, picturesque masterpiece, expertly crafted with rolling Sugar Cane fields, ocean views and landscapes as green as your mind can comprehend; but with all beauty, comes a little pain.

On a lovely mid-80 degree day with lots of sun, a cool breeze and no rain clouds in sight, it’s the perfect temperature to be outside; but where we’re working for the week, strong winds doesn’t always mean a cool breeze; it can mean dust, sand and dirt, everywhere.

When we first started working on the ground, it was a gentle, rainy day, so I was a little caught off guard by the amount of dust in the preschool and on all the toys and books. But today, I got to experience what a warm, windy day could mean for the children and staff at the school we’re working at: burning eyes and dusty clothes with a lot of extra work to keep things cleans and a lot of time hiding your face from the wind so it doesn’t get in your eyes, mouth and nose.

This didn’t stop the spirit of the kids. For them, it’s just another windy day with a little extra movement while playing to get away from the dust, but our group got to experience another day in their lives in a whole new way.


These photos were taken after only 6 hours (give or take) outside today. One day. One sunny windy day, where some of those hours were spent painting away from the wind and working in shipping containers.

When traveling internationally, come with openness. The average traveler doesn’t leave the paved path, but when you do, you gain such a better understanding of how the locals are actually living and get a peek behind the “tourist curtain”.