Labrador youth headed to Tanzania for month of volunteering
A group of 10 aboriginal youth from the Labrador communities of Nain and Hopedale are headed to Africa for a month-long volunteer experience they’re sure to remember.
Mary Andersen said the opportunity is something she couldn’t have imagined.
“You take the chance when it comes because you never know, it may never come again. Like, where does someone like me from all the way in Labrador get to travel all across the world to Africa? That's amazing,” said Andersen.
A whole new world
Bertha Saimat, who's also headed to Africa, said she’s never left the province before and isn’t sure what to expect when she lands on a different continent.
“I Googled it [Africa] and I watched some videos and my God, some of them are freaky, and some of them are cool and breathtaking,” she said.
Lisa Dennis, an occupational therapist with the Nunatsiavut government, said the idea for organizing the trip came from a board assignment two years ago.
“One of [the students] on her collage … she put on hers, among other things, she put her dream was to go to Africa,” she said.
“So I go, 'you want to go to Africa!?' I was like, I thought that was pretty cool, you know? And that she even allowed herself to dream it, to even verbalize it is another thing.”
The students will take off from the Happy Valley-Goose Bay airport Friday morning for the month-long excursion.