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Day 15- To Be Grateful

Some may believe that change cannot happen in two weeks and that views are not altered by glimpses into the harsh realities of others. As the end of the QU 301 South Africa experience comes to a close I offer challenge…

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Day 15 – Taking Time to Look Back and Reflect

As I look back on this trip of a lifetime, I am thankful for the new friendships and unforgettable memories I made. I never thought I would get out as much as I did from this trip. Learning about South…

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Day 14- The last reflection

This is the last update that I will be writing on our QU301 South Africa blog. I remember our first class when we met up like it was yesterday. even though it was so long ago – and so much has happened….

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Day 8- Creating A Catalyst of Community Pride

Let me begin by stating something that I overheard Tamarin saying without knowledge of the impact her words had on my attitude and perception of my actions. As we stood around sweating, dirtied and exhausted wondering what our next move…

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Day 8- Creating Gardens to Build a Stronger Community

Today was the second day of the service projects. On the first day, Melanie and my project at Melkbossplaas 1 and 2 was cancelled because a Reverend from a church that owns the property, would not let us build a…

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Day 8 – The Two Faces of Poverty

  We’re closing in on the second day of the service projects and we’ve finally been able to see some progress! For example, we are almost done with Kristyn and my service project – the Varkplaas Community Garden. I thought…

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Day 8- Service Projects (Second Day)- Varkplaas Garden (PHOTOS)

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Tamarin Simpson Talks About Varkplaas Garden (VIDEO)

Tamarin Simpson of The Tippy Toes Foundation Talks About Planting Garden in Varkplaas- 2013 from QUSouthAfrica on Vimeo.

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Day 7- One Tough Cookie

Today was our first day doing the service projects, and it was definitely a tough day! It started out when we were at Melkbossplaas (the first garden we went to today) unloading the trucks and then we found out from…

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Day 7- Clearing the Varkplaas Garden

Today was an exhausting day. I originally thought the day would not be as hard as it was, but that thought immediately changed as soon as we arrived at our first stop, Melkbossplaas, where we encountered our first obstacle. We…

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