Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wanderlust - The Fourth Stop

I entered a contest via Two Backpackers to be sponsored for my dream travel adventure.  Please take a minute to vote!  You can vote once a day until April 26th at 3:00pm.  For the remaining days of the contest I'll be writing about my top travel destinations.  

That man is standing at the edge of the Victoria Falls in Zambia.  In the dry season you have access to Devil's Pool, a natural rock swimming pool right at the edge of the falls.  

I would like to do exactly this:

Aside from housing one of the great natural wonders of the world, Zambia boasts two national parks filled with wildlife as well as a rich and very diverse cultural heritage due to the numerous tribes that call this country home.  Drums are a major part of Zambian music and dancing is a huge part of any celebration or event.

A traditional dancer performs during ceremony, Lusaka, Zambia, October 3, 2006. [© AP Images]

Another reason I would like to travel to Zambia is because I would like to volunteer with Zume for Zambia.  From their website:

"In January a children's village in Lusaka Zambia opened that rescued 22 orphans whose family systems have been wiped out by AIDS.  When completed this village (including homes, clinic, school, etc...) will house 197 orphans...  A film team is partnering with humanitarian project leaders to create a race that will give orphans a chance to train for and challenge American children to a race. In a “health to heal” campaign, American students will be training and getting healthy in order to run. The money raised through pledges and sponsors will help build the village and create awareness of the crisis they face." 

I would love to be there for this race and to put some time into volunteering with this project.  This is something I will be following closely.

Zambia Reel 2009 from Jeff Johnson on Vimeo.

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