Tuesday July 24, 2012: Handing out blankets, School dedication ceremony, drive back to Nairobi
With all the track jersey’s I brought, I realized that many would not fit the younger kids as they were larger sized so I hooked up the cooking staff with some Solvay apparel, while the others were going to be handed out to other communities later after we had left.
After breakfast a group of us headed out to the other IDP camp on the other side of the school with the intent of distributing hand-made quilts that where brought over as gifts for the mothers with small children (aged birth-2). They had done this last year as well and were overjoyed to see some of the mothers still using the same blankets.
The mothers and families were so happy to receive these to keep their babies warm at night. Even though it never approached freezing, the body still acclimates and when a near 100 degree day ends in a 60 degree evening, this large drop in temperature can cause discomfort and even hypothermia, thus the need to stay warm.
As I was walking around in shorts for the most part many times while in Kenya so far, many locals were seen with long pants, sweatshirts and even scarf’s and hats at times.
We headed back to the school with the mindset that the school dedication ceremonies would take place, but such as is life in the developing world, it did not start on time and we walked around a bit and Russell Brunson and I did a couple videos together…Again, he is the reason I am here and why am I so grateful. His Dot Com Secerts X marketing course allowed me the come as I won the contest they were having to come help build the school with them and World Teacher Aid.
Here I am reflecting on some of the trip this far
I was also able to give out many of the Solvay Concert band shirts I was given by our school to the working crew at the job site…Again, because these were larger shirts, they went to adults there. It was great seeing them there all wearing the same shirt and then later when they were all working together wearing them like they were their new coveted uniforms.
Kenyan Women receiving quilts from World Teacher Aid Donors
Kenyan House showing need of repair
Kenyan Work crew at World Teacher Aid site waiting for kits and Solvay T-shirts
Handing out Solvay Concert band t-shirts to Kenyan work crew
Handing out more Solvay Concert band t-shirts to Kenyan work crew
Handing out even more Solvay Concert band t-shirts to Kenyan work crew
Handing out yet even more Solvay Concert band t-shirts to Kenyan work crew
The Kenyan World Teacher Aid construction crew with their new Solvay Concert Band t-shirts
Dave Gardner and the Kenyan World Teacher Aid construction crew with their new Solvay t-shirts
Kenyan Science Teacher and Dave Gardner on World Teacher Aid trip with new Solvay t-shirts
Photographer Neil Ta with a really big camera
Cooking crew at the Kenya World Teacher Aid school camp site with Solvay Track jersey’s
Kenyan women selling their woven grocery bag, shoulder bags
Tent set up for the World Teacher Aid Kenyan school dedication ceremony
Dave Gardner and Russell Brunson on the World Teacher Aid Kenya trip through Dot Com Secrets X
Because things were going to be delayed we all decided to head back to the campsite one last time and have our lunch and make sure everything was packed up and ready to go back for our return to Nairobi.
After lunch we headed back for the ceremony to dedicate the school. What could have taken a half an hour was many hours as many people from all over the country wanted to speak. Not only did they speak “for but a minute” but they also spoke it Swahili in addition to English, thus doing their speech twice so that all in attendance could attend
We were a little curious as they continued to refer to us as the “donors” instead of properly recognizing us as World Teacher Aid. They also gave prominent respect to WTA’s contact in Kenya, which she rightly deserves, but it would have been nice to have heard them mention Stu and especially Amy McLaren who really spearheaded this whole trip and all the donations that came along with it
We ended up leaving much later than originally anticipated and had to travel later in the evening than we had wanted to due to the fact that not all drivers here follow proper protocol and the vehicles and streets are not in the best of conditions, compared to driving back in the United States.
After what seemed like a long ride home we were able to get back to the hotel in Nairobi where we checked in and headed down to the buffet dinner. We all chatted away as we ate before retiring for the night somewhat early. I think I was able to get online for a little while and sent a quick message or two home letting them all know what I had been up to and that all was safe thus far and that I was still having a wonderful time and happy to be there.
Monday July 23, 2012: Painting at school and donation giveaway where Lacrosse met Kenya
The tent cot was actually not too bad to sleep on for this first night here, most likely due to the fact that the jet lag had set in and I could most likely sleep anywhere at this point. There was an opportunity to run with some of the Kenyan’s who were training for future Olympics, though I ended up sleeping through their departure. I think I would have been able to keep up with them for about 100 yards and then it would have all went downhill from there!
Instead I had a nice relaxing morning talking with those that remained behind as we waited for breakfast. Our goals today consisted of more work at the school as well as going through all of the donated materials to bring to the school and teachers.
At the building site I was able to get back in the swing of painting as we were put into one of the new rooms being finished. The local workers hooked us up with 6 inch brushes, where I would have loved to have had my 18 inch roller, tray and extendable pole and diluted the paint with some water to make it stretch a little further.
We were basically doing a primer coat and I ended up on one of the ladders (if you could call it that as it was more like a couple boards nailed together with no right angles in site!) painting the top portion with Mike, while many others helped to paint the lower levels. When the ladder was in the way, though it left a small square that could not be painted, so I mastered my jump painting technique to get a layer where it needed to be. Thanks to watching the Masai videos from the previous World Teacher Aid trip, I got the idea to take this method on.
Once we were done painting, while others were doing similar odds and ends jobs we all headed back for lunch and to go through the massive collection of goods we had brought over. I myself had at least three bags of good, such as lacrosse sticks, clothes, sporting equipment and more that we were all organizing to determine where it would go.
I had envisioned being able to distribute each and everything, but the reality of the matter is that would take forever and would also present some chaos in the process with the mob of students wanting things. World Teacher Aid had it all set in how we would approach the situation.
Large piles started to build that consisted of sporting equipment, schools supplies, clothes and miscellaneous items which we then packed up again to bring to the school
As we were fortunate enough to have the students in school sessions, we were able to see the schools rooms that had been built with the help of World Teacher Aid and all of their donors. The kids were definitely full of energy and suspense in regards to what type of goodies they might pick out. David Frey was getting them all ramped up in each class having them hoot and holler and later when they were all lined up outside the rooms in their respective classes by throwing a football around with them.
Before they all headed out of their rooms though, each student received a tote bag which contained a composition notebook, pencils, markers and more that were donated by Armand and Marianna Morin. The looks on some of the faces was absolutely breathtaking. Smiles, joy, jumping up and down with excitement was truly amazing to see on these kids.
Once we got things squared away in each room, we had them all line up at the doorway and three at a time, they were able to come in and pick out something that they liked as well as some candy and a sticker. My mother, who works with Disney Vacation club, helped with literally thousands of stickers that were soon being seen on shirts and foreheads all over the school. We only gave out a couple rolls of stickers while we were there so they will have plenty to hand out over the next years.
As the kids picked what they wanted, another group of three would come in and see what remained. The joy and excitement on their faces was amazing and very contagious. When we see what little they are joyous, for while many back in the US take most things for granted, it makes you really change your whole mind frame in regards to why you might do what you do on a day to day basis. As a teacher back home, most kids would frown or complain when you gave them a bag full of school supplies.
David Frey starting to rile the kids up in Kenya
Brooke Justin and Garrett with Happy Kenyan students
Kenya students Waiting for the donated items from World Teacher Aid
Scott and Garrett of Trust Guard wait to pass out donations in Kenya
Kenyan students awaiting world teacher aid donations
Stu, Russell and Mike talk over the donation strategy in kenya
Kenyan classes lining up before the donation from world teacher aid
Kenyan students with their school supplies from World Teacher Aid
Happy students waiting to see what is inside the donation room with World Teacher Aid
Excited students waiting for donations from World teacher aid in Kenya
Excited to enter the rooms in kenya with World teacher aid
Anticipation on the face of a young kenyan student for World teacher aid donations
Smiling Kenyan boy after getting school supplies and donations from World Teacher Aid
Two Kenyan students looking at a lacrosse stick donated by World teacher aid
Kenyan student holding lacrosse stick donated by Charlie Lockwood of Gait/DeBeers Lacrosse
Lacrosse sticks donated to Kenya by World teacher
Lacrosse Meets Kenya through World Teacher Aid with Dave Gardner of BasicLacrosse.com
Happy Kenyan students after getting donated items and school supplies from World Teacher Aid
I had a large section of a sticker roll left over and started giving them out to a few kids who did not seem to have them yet, when I became mobbed with kids grabbing and pushing to get their so they could put one on themselves. Some of them were grabbing for more when already given one and some of the respected elders (carrying the sticks) helped out and even they got some stickers to take back to their families as well! It was an interesting scene to say the least.
As one of my main goals was to try to bring over, introduce and leave some lacrosse sticks at the school, I was able to have them grab the two bags of sticks and it soon become utter chaos…Sticks were going all over the places and balls were flying in every direction. I was able to stick with a couple of kids who seemed to be able to grasp the concept rather quickly and were able to throw and catch the ball a couple times.
As we were limited for time, I was only able to spend a few minutes showing them how to do a groundball or throw properly and some were trying to do it underhand. They seemed excited and when I was able to get some group shots and make a short video thanking those that donated, I was caught off guard and pleased at the same time, when the headmaster also made a statement of thanks in regards to introducing a new sport to their physical education program that will change it for the future. I could not have asked for a better ending to the video as it was unrequested.
Just as in my experience overseas before as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Solomon Islands, I can only hope that while I am not there, the materials continue to be used and taken care of to the best of their ability…I guess it is incentive to get back there again to see how things are progressing in future years.
After all the excitement of the donations and seeing the extreme joy on the faces of the kids, it was time to head back for dinner and more networking. It was funny as I had previously asked one of the younger people in the group what he wanted to do in college and he mentioned computer science. I responded that this was a perfect place to be with the connections he could make here in regards to marketing and working online and he came back with something like, “I know, but they talk about it all the time!” which I found somewhat humorous.
I was more than ready with ears wide open to listen and grab any ideas I would to improve my online marketing business and could not dream of ever being in such a great group of people who are succeeded online and sharing their progress with the world in many ways, whether it be through knowledge or helping to build schools and feed students. The fact that they make more money than most people is one thing, but the fact that they also give back to the communities around the world puts them above everyone else in the online community.
I challenge those of you with lots of success to experience this as well and build your own room in Kenya as part of World Teacher Aid!
After dinner we all hung out around the fire and one by one talked about a defining moment in the trip thus far. One of mine of course was the basic fact that I was there (even after the plane delays) with much thanks going out to Russell Brunson and Dot Com Secrets X as I had won his contest and came as his guess…which you can do as well as he in bringing more students in upcoming years…All you have to do is join DCSX HERE and take action when he tells you to!
I have always found that when I take action, I get results…simple process.
After we all decided it was late enough, Mike and I talked some more business ideas/background in the tent before heading to sleep ourselves a little later this night.
Sunday July 22, 2012: 7:00 am departure to Nakuru with Danny/Church welcome, school hole digging
I had been changing the time on my clock and phone to reflect local time zones as I flew around to the other side of the world. I thought I had set it all to go off at 5:30, which would give me plenty of time to shower, check my email and grab a nice buffet at the poolside, which Amy McLaren had highly recommended. I was somewhat dazed when the alarm was not going off and I fell into a deeper sleep.
It did go off though at 6:30, due to my not actually changing the phone settings correctly for the time zone, which gave me only 30 minutes to do everything I wanted to do in an hour. I was able to rush through everything though and showed up a couple minutes after 7 where my driver was now waiting reading the newspaper to take me to Nakuru and to meet up with the rest of the group.
We first headed out to pick up another American, Danny, from Texas, who had been working with a couple groups setting up businesses and had been connected with Irene as well. He filled me in about a lot of the area and how people were here. Hearing this reminded me of my times in the Solomon Islands and Belize. The people are living in the poverty level, but still always looking to get better one way or another.
We enjoyed the country side and I soaked in the Great Rift Valley, but did not see too much animal life yet…this would come later on Safari for sure.
When we finally arrived at the school the main group was not there, but touring one of the Pipeline camps where many displaced people had resettled with their mud/stick houses (though with Tin roofs) as well as a plot of land with which to grow crops. They soon came one by one from across the way along with many of the community members towards the church area we were waiting by.
I finally got to meet up with the group, much to my relief!
World Teacher Aid Donors Brooke, Mark, Rachel and Bill
World Teacher Aid Church Service
World Teacher Aid Churc Service with Women Dancing
World Teacher Aid Donor Scott at Church Service
World Teacher Aid Donor Russell and Collette
World Teacher Aid Donors at Church service
World Teacher Aid Donor Collete holding an Kenyan baby
World Teacher Aid Donors mingling with the Kenyan Community at Nakuru
Helping to build a school In Nakuru Kenya
Checking out the School building under construction
Assessing work to be done in the school building
Armand, Mike and Russell waiting for building instructions in Nakuru Kenya
Holes we dug for posts to support the overhang at school in Nakuru Kenya
World Teacher Aid Donor Collette with local Kenyan students
World Teacher Aid Kenya Connection Irene getting her hair done
Slinging Mortor for the World Teacher Aid school in Nakuru Kenya
Armand getting a well deserved rest after digging a deep hole in Nakuru Kenya
Slowly I was introduced to about half of the group, included the people who made this all possible for me, Russell Brunson and his wife (from Dot Com Secrets) as well as Stu and Amy McLaren (from World Teacher Aid) as they got right into a church service, praying in both Swahili and English. There were times or prayer and times of song, times of dancing and playing the drums and times of quiet. Stu gave a short speech as well and then we headed out as a group, otherwise we might have been there for a few hours more.
We walked back to the camp area where our tents were set up and I was able to introduce myself to the rest of this all star marketing group who had given so much to help this community build school rooms and start feeding programs.
People like David Frey, Armand Morin, Stu McLaren, Russell Brunson, Mike Lopez, Bill Harrison, Mark Jenney, Justin Bowen, Scott Brandley, Garrett Pierson and Ellyn Badder to name a few along with some of their guest which included business partners, relatives and spouses and children.
We had a quick lunch and I was able to get my gear settled into the tent I was sharing with Mike and I got to know some of the group better before heading to start our first work day at the school.
I grabbed my work gloves and changed my clothes quick and we walked back to the school. In my mind, I had envisioned lots of heavy lifting and strenuous work to feel as though I was earning my keep here in Kenya, though this really never came on my part. With the help of Marianna, Mike and Armand we were on hole digging duty. They were setting posts to support the overhang in front of the school room and needed some holes dug to fit them in and set with concrete. Me and Marianna ended up digging four holes which seemed pretty easy overall as the ground was mostly dirty/clay and not too many rocks to worry about.
There was a lot of down time as people were figuring where to put the holes and then setting the posts so we all were able to look into what some of the others were doing. Jobs like slinging concrete/mortar into the stones, leveling floors with a piece of wood, mixing cement, carrying water, painting and other small task were taking place at the same time as playing with the kids, which was one of the most important parts of being there.
Show them how much you care!
They may remember that they got help in building a school, but what sticks the most is the relationships that develop.
Take Russell Brunson for example…He is a trained wrestler and figuratively got his butt kicked over in Kenya by a group of little kids. All kidding aside, he spent quite a bit of time running around and having them jump all over him. When he headed back at the end of the day, it looked to me as though he had been drained of his last bit of energy after a grueling match with someone twice his size. All in a day’s fun though.
I ran away from some myself in games and held many little hands along the way. They would just come up to you as a total stranger and grab your hand or a finger in hopes of developing a relationship…or in an attempt to “have my gloves!”
We had yet to give all of our donations out that we brought, but they were not shy at all to ask for things that we had like our sunglasses, hats, shoes and more as they had such a need for these. With an easy “I need them still” they were quick to move onto another subject.
After a few hours at the build site, it was time to head back to camp to clean up and get ready for our dinner…Most of our meals included rice, potato, cabbage, beef/chicken and a type of curry which I was ready and willing to eat all of when the chance presented itself.
We all got to know each other more as we sat around the table and later the fire sharing stories from the day as well as our past. As many of the group are involved in online marketing and related professions, much of the discussions were based on this field, which was to my enjoyment as I was ready to absorb whatever bits of information I could. Being a sponge was a side goal of this trip in addition to helping out in building a school and bringing over supplies and sporting equipment.
Many of us headed to the tents to call it a night much earlier than I am used to going to bed, but after all the travelling and jet lag, I was ready as well.
Saturday July 21, 2012: Arrive in Kenya around 6:30pm to Hotel
The arrival in Zurich was smooth and helped out by the stewardesses as they got me a spot closer to the front of the plane with about 30 minutes to go before landing as I had about 30 minutes to make my connecting flight. I quickly rushed through TSA check-in and found the appropriate gate where again my flight almost came to a screeching halt. Apparently, I did not have a seat on this plane…Nice of the girl back in Newark, NJ to fill me in on this small detail. She had told me they would need to print me a boarding pass there as it was a different airline, nothing however about not having a secured seat.
I was asked to wait aside as I watched numerous people come through the line…and of course, I could not access the internet to save my life at this point to get in touch with anyone…fortunately with much moving around and even more once inside, I was able to get on the plane to Nairobi.
I think I really would have had a breakdown if they had not allowed me to get on the plane…I just could not believe it kelt turning out like this up to this point, but it all worked out in the end.
I watched a couple more movies as the plane was decked out in larger screens and the ability to pick and choose what you wanted to watch. I ended up watching “WanderLust” which reminded me a lot of the relationship I have with my wife at times and also watched Hunger Games and a documentary on the Great Migrations, which included the Wildebeests from Kenya/Tanzania, so it was fitting as I was headed there.
The flight was smooth overall, though I was beginning to feel dehydrated and nauseous and thus happy to get off the plane. Obtaining my visa smoothly and finding all my luggage within a few minutes was a sign of good things to come. After having everything seem to go the wrong way thus far, they now seemed to be heading in the right direction.
At least for the time being as my driver never showed up (which Amy had arranged in advance), though someone called the hotel for me and arranged a different transport. There were many other people there looking to pick people up with all of their many signs.
Kenya Taxi Drivers Waiting To Pick Up Arrivals
I talked to the driver most of the way back and soaked in the night scene of Nairobi…Traffic, garbage around, people walking all over, nearly getting hit by cars going through roundabouts and turning here and there. Apparently this system works, though as he said people usually do not get hit, which I found somewhat hard to believe.
Once I got the hotel, I checked in, put my bags in a holding room bringing the others upstairs and headed down to get some dinner. I ate at the Spur restaurant in the hotel and had a great chicked skewer meal, with fries and a Tusker beer which was not too bad.
I felt as though I needed to (and could) relax some now that I was finally here. I just listed to the conversations around me as I stuffed myself as I was now feeling better and followed it up with an ice cream as well before heading back to my room.
I was able to get online before this and did some more letting people know at home that I had safely arrived…I tried to do it more, but just could not keep my eyes open before heading to sleep around 11pm.
Friday July 20, 2012: Flying to Kenya via Newark and Zurich
So at 4:30 am I left my house again and headed to the airport, this time being able to get on a plane and make my first flight. This caused me to have an approximate 10 hour layover in Newark, but at this point, I just wanted to be one step closer to my destination. I hung around, played online, ate some greasy mushroom swiss burger and sweet potato fries that was really good and played around some more before the flight that eventually took me to Zurich.
Sweet Potato Fries and Mushroom Swiss Burger at Smash Burger
I had actually re-arranged my flight yet again, as I was scheduled to go through Amsterdam, then Nairobi, arriving at 10pm on Saturday, but would now get in at 6:30 pm that day.
The flight to Zurich was fine from my recollection (as I am now going back over the trip having arrived in Brussells for a layover on my way home) and we arrived around 8:40 am.
Thursday July 19, 2012: Flying to Kenya (supposedly as ended up being cancelled twice!)
The day started out as planned as my dad picked me up at the house to bring me to the airport to begin my trip of a life time as a guest of Russell Brunson, as the winner of his Dot Com Secrets X first annual trip to Kenya. This was a trip associated with World Teacher Aid, which was headed by Amy and Stu McLaren (WishList Member software) to go help continue the building of a school in a community in Kenya that they had been visiting for the past couple years.
Things looked good this day until I got the airport and realized that the first flight out ogf Syracuse, connecting to Newark was already delayed. Not a problem as I was a bit early and the delayed flight would still get me to my connecting flight with time to spare. But then of course it was delayed, which would force me to miss a connecting flight. We scrambled around to get me on another flight which instead of arriving the next night around 10 pm (Friday) would now bring me to arrive at 6:30 am the following morning (Saturday) via Washington, DC, London and Nairobi.
As fate would have it, 20 minutes before we were to board the plane, they cancelled the flight heading to Washington, which just about put me in a nervous breakdown.
I had talked this trip up to so many people, collected donations from friends, family, school businesses and more and felt as though it was coming crashing down on me where I would not be able to go and result in the whole ordeal to turn out as a failure.
Fortunately I was able to connect via email to Amy McLaren who said I just needed to focus on getting there and they would arrange transport for me to come out and meet them when I did arrive.
So again, I headed to re-arrange my flight plan, now for the next day, arriving a full day after the rest of the group and missing the first days events together. I was very frustrated about the whole situation, but my wife came and picked me up and reminded me of the fact that I would still get plenty of good time in Kenya to help out and go on safari as well.
I went home and re-arranged the flight in the morning again with the help of customer service for United Airlines as I did not want there to be any issues with flying to Newark first thing in the morning. Newark apparently has been notorious for delaying and cancelling flights.
Before I headed off to Kenya with Russell Brunson and World Teacher Aid back in July 2012, I was able to go to another Chamber of Commerce leads breakfast. Here we get together for about an hour and share how we can help the group and ask how the group can help us.
I gave some background to the trip itself as well as how I could help them/ask how I could be helped from others. Next thing I know people were giving me contributions and supplies for the trip. Check out some of the great pics and chamber members/companies below that helped me out with things like cash, sporting equipment and school supplies!
Sollecito Landscaping (Jim Sollecito) helps Dave Gardner go to Kenya
Total Wellness (Neena Mitchell) helps Dave Gardner go to Kenya
Cam’s Pizzeria (Tony Calascibetta) helping out
Smile Therapy (Tim Smith) Bringing Smiles to Kenyans!
D & S Disaster Kleenup, Inc. (Denise Wallace) helping with school supplies
As I sit in the airport, ready to leave on my long anticipated trip to Africa, I have already started with a delay, which will put me close to missing my connecting flight.
I was blessed to see that I was able to get my first two bags for free, whereas normally they would charge $100 a bag to Kenya, as the United attendant helped me check in and get squared away…He was on the phone talking all over the places trying to get the appropriate codes to add the other bags in, when after a good 35 or more minutes he had the damage!
$200 a bag for all additional bags over the first two. Seeing that I had two extra, my credit card just took a punch in the gut for a $400 baggage fee, which puts me back in the $100 per bag category.
Want to help offset the cost of the bags with me? Just look over to the top right and see you can donate, or you can get some great items in exchange with my Kenya Believe This Marketing Event HERE >> http://KenyaBelieveThis.com/BeADonor
I am viewing it with good Karma of course as I will be able to bring some great items over with me to Kenya. I have had some help thus far in donations from wonderful people that led me to filling 4 large duffle bags in a short time span.
Here is a sampling of what has been provided from my community and family:
about 20 plus lacrosse sticks
60 plus t-shirts
100 or so track and field uniform tops and/or bottoms
2 big vinyl duffle/equipment bags (what I put the goodies in)
lanyards and keychains
balls from all different sports
paper, binders, pens and pencils
about 10,000 Disney stickers!
Caribeener clips and safety whistles
and last but not least CASH!
It is awesome that I am able to bring over about 150 pounds worth of equipment, supplies and goodies for the students and communities we will visit over in Kenya. All this as one person is kind of cool and I wish I could have brought more over. Those couples who are going in our group could bring in the two bags each for “free” and be set!
All contributions and aid is greatly appreciated by myself, World Teacher Aid and the people of Kenya.
If you participate, please allow a time for response as I will of course be in Kenya and will process all packages upon return.
I will be posting when I can, but there will be limited access to internet providers….but I will be doing a series for sure when the trip is complete. Here is a preview of what we will be doing though.
1) Helping to build a school room in Nakuru community
2) Visiting communities and orphanages
3) Going on a safari with the Masaii Mara tribe!
It will be a jam packed 9 days in Kenya and an experience I will never forget and highly anticipate…if I can only get out of the airport!
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Stay tuned for more…I will post when I have internet access as much as I can!
A lot of work and effort goes into getting ready to leave the country. Due to the fact that we do not necessarily want more diseases coming back into our country, we are highly suggested to get certain vaccinations and boosters. Other countries as well do not want us coming across their borders without certain precautions be completed.
A couple weeks ago, I continued this process that started over 15 years ago when I first went to Belize and a couple years after that to the Solomon Islands, where I served in the Peace Corps. I completed the Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B series of shots as well as took Malaria preventative meds.
I started the process a couple weeks ago with getting a yellow fever vaccine as well as the oral typhoid vaccine and picked up another malaria prescription as well as one for an antibiotic in case of an intestinal issue while going to Kenya.
Just the other day I added to the mix and got my Polio and Tetanus booster to travel to Africa to help build a school. I also had a blood sample drawn to be able to run tests (Titers, I believe they are called) so that they could see if the Hepatitis A/B antibodies were still present in me at this point and whether or not I would need an update.
I also left with a couple more prescriptions, for an antibiotic more worthy of chest/respiratory infections and for small scrapes and wounds. So now I have to of course bring them to the drug store and get them all filled.
All this to go help build a school in Africa and definitely well worth it. Talk about a trip of a lifetime, where I will be able to lend a hand in completing part of a school while we are there for a few days in July 2012! We will also be travelling some to the community and to spend some time with the Masaii Mara with a Safari trip in our 9-10 days of jam packed excitement.
Be sure to check out my other posts where you will stay updated to what is going on in the trip.
To help out in my quest to bring materials and goods over to the school and children, either click the link on the top right of the page to donate any amount you want, which helps pay for the purchase and shipping of selected items, OR, if you want to get some great Marketing materials for yourself or someone you know, check out the “Kenya Believe This Event” I am having here:
The other day I was home and folding the laundry while listening to my ipod. This sort of makes the house work a little lighter, especially as I am listening to marketing audios and not just music. So the pain of not being at my computer is lessened becuase I can still learn and improve my knowledge.
This is the key to becoming more valuable in online marketing. Educating yourself. The more you educate yourself and improve your knowledge database, the more likely you are to be able to solve someone else’s problem.
When you reach that point, people will start seeking you out and not the other way around. Do not take this to mean that you can now stop learning as learning is a lifelong process and will always take you to higher levels, whether in your current job or the one you are aiming for.
By just sitting back and hoping for the best, or changes to come, they never will. You mush take action to grow and educating yourself is the best way there is. Often you can do this in school or college, but you can also self teach yourself through courses online or book and guides which are all of course much more cost effective than going back for another degree.
I have spent a lot of money online in courses, software, hosting advertising and much more and still have not reached what it cost for me to do my undergraduate or graduate degrees. Assuming you act on the content, you can make good with spending a fraction of what you might spend for a degree that will not guarantee you a job anyways.
That is why I am working to provide you will some great materials to set you on the right path and help out school children become educated as well. I have partnered with top level marketers such as Ben Jacques, Omar Martin, Mike Filsaime, Daegan Smith and more to bring you some of the best products out there over the last couple years that still hold much weight in the growth of your business.