40 Hours to Africa

by Anna Wilcox

Anna is participating in ISU’s service learning trip to Uganda, the same trip Ambassador Morgan Bobb wrote about last summer.  She is traveling with several other Honors students, including Stephen Todey, who spent last summer in France.

Well today is the day! I’m currently sitting in the Des Moines airport about to start a 40 hour trek to Uganda. After a stressful couple days of packing and making sure everything is in order we are about to board the plane. I am participating in the school garden service learning trip through ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. There are 8 ISU students going and we will be working with about 20 students from Makerere University which is in Uganda’s capital of Kampala. Together we will be working in the school gardens, teaching fifth and sixth graders, and working on various different group projects focusing on things such as nutrition, health, and more obscure things like bee keeping which I will focus on! I have been waiting for this day for a whole semester and its finally here!

I am excited/nervous about my first experience abroad and luckily we have four great ISU professors along to lead us on this trip. Even though I had to wake up at 2 am to be at the airport today and I’m running on about two hours of sleep I couldn’t be more excited! Here are some pictures from packing and my early morning at the Des Moines Airport:

Wilcox 4Just looooove packing

Wilcox 570 SPF + 70 SPF + 70 SPF = 210 SPF

Wilcox 6Peanut butter is a must for any trip to Africa

Wilcox 7Ready for adventure

Wilcox 8Trying on the beast

Wilcox 1Ready to go at 3:00am this morning

Wilcox 2Some of the group leaving today

Wilcox 3*Whispers*: Choose your adventure at Iowa State!

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5 comments on “40 Hours to Africa

  1. Roger says:

    Be safe, Anna, and have fun! Anxious to hear all the details when you return.

  2. Amy Messbarger says:

    Hope I can follow your adventure on this site.

  3. jean says:

    Anna Dear….I believe Jill is already missing you Cuz she was wanting to find throwback pics of you two……..take care xoxo

  4. Kay Ogren says:

    Enjoyed reading about your trip ! It will be a great experience.

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