Saturday, July 2, 2011

Vegas to Africa!

So the chief reason I shall resume blogging in earnest is to tell the tales of my Africa travels. I'm going to Mozambique! I leave tonight--see attached visual travel itinerary. :)

Drake Going to Mozambique FAQ

Q: Why are you going to Mozambique?
A: I've always been fascinated by this country. For a long time, I've wanted to go to Africa, and Mozambique in particular. After my mission in Brazil, I learned a lot about Mozambique because it's one of only eight countries where Portuguese is the official language. Turns out my interest in Mozambique is more longstanding then I thought--the other day I was searching through my old schoolwork is search of an essay I'd written I wanted to read to my kids and lo and behold, guess what I found? A travel brochure I'd made in sixth grade all guessed it!...Mozambique! I attached it below in case you want to take a look. :)

Q: What will you be doing in Mozambique?
A: I am going to Mozambique with a non-profit foundation called Care for Life. The current plan is that I will work within an area of their organization called Income Generation. This program teaches business skills to Mozambicans so that they can become self-reliant and qualify for micro-credit. I will also be in the country the same time as a humanitarian team, so hopefully I will also get to visit orphanages and teach vocational skills occasionally as well. I will also be revitalizing my Portuguese language skills, enjoying the warm winter of the southern hemisphere, and all around enjoying my summer in Africa.

Q: How long will you be in Mozambique?
A: Four weeks, July 4 through July 31.

Q: How are you feeling about your trip to Mozambique?
A: Okay, I guess.... Are you kidding?!?! I'm so stoked--I can't believe I am actually going. It is going to be awesome, incredible, and super super rad!

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask them in the comments. Africa, here I come!


  1. Oh my goodness, my favorite part is your 6th grade travel brochure. This is a major reminder of you, sitting at the kitchen table, being your over-achiever self! Cracks me up. Especially because I remember making one too, and I remember trying to space things out more and having too big of a font, trying to make it take up more room!

  2. Drake! That is so neat that you get to go to Africa--especially working for such a great cause! Thanks for posting your blog post on gmail. I will definitely be coming on to hear all about the amazing things you get to do and experience over the next few weeks. Good luck and take care!

  3. Alyx - Isn't that the story of our school lives?
    Kristen - Thanks so much for commenting, great to hear from you--I know I owe you a long email when I get back, and I'll write it, I promise. Thanks for the support!