Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires

Smoky Mountains

A few hours later and we arrived in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! As we entered the town it was like we were in some childhood dream. There were so many fun activities for kids to do, or adults that want to … Continue reading

Road Trip 2014: Nashville and Onwards!

Broadway Nashville

This year I spent my final spring break on my first ever road trip in the company of great friends. The first stop was Nashville, Tennessee. The first night there we started with dinner at Saint Anejo for some delicious Mexican … Continue reading

Shake Up Your Perspective

Reality can differ from person to person. That reality is all about each individual’s perspective. How you view the world can shape your opinions and beliefs and determine what you see as reality. This TED Talks video is a short talk, but it conveys an important message that really struck me. Raghava makes it clear that his religion knows no barriers. And he aims for the same with the children’s books for iPad that he creates. By simply giving the iPad a shake, the parents of the child in the story can change from a lesbian to gay to straight couple. Raghava believes in not limiting children to one single “bias,” and rather teaching them multiple biases in which the world is viewed.

“Teaching perspectives is the best way to teach creativity.”

He goes on to say that by teaching perspectives, kids will be able to put themselves in the shoes of someone who is different from them even at an early age. Misunderstandings tend to occur because of differing perspectives. If we understand how to acknowledge the viewpoints of others (even if we do not necessarily agree with them), we can transcend boundaries and get much more out of our experiences internationally as well as right in our own hometowns.

Little Matters,
Marissa

7 Packing Essentials For Volunteering Abroad

Do Something

Preparing for a volunteer abroad trip can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming. Above all, it is important to do your own research based on the work you will be doing and the location you will be traveling to. I … Continue reading

The Journey Home: Pitstop in Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich Switzerland

Another long layover on our way home meant another journey through a new city for the day. When we arrived in Zurich, it was still dark outside. We decided to head to Starbucks first to have a small breakfast before … Continue reading

Sundowners at the Royal Livingstone Hotel

Zebras at the Royal Livingstone

Our last day in Livingstone arrived so quickly, but we definitely made the most of it. We started out the day by visiting the Curio Market. Thinking about it in terms of US$, the prices were cheap regardless so it … Continue reading

Everything In Africa Bites, But The Safari Bug Is Worst Of All

Impala

The morning involved waking up at 5 am and cleaning the mud off our feet with the muddy puddles of water. Good enough for the day! We had a cold breakfast to have something in our stomachs and ventured off … Continue reading