Friday, March 11, 2011

When you travel...

We enjoyed our last morning at the plantation over breakfast and reminiscing of the memories created in this beautiful region over the past few days. This country is amazing in the way that it truly captures the essence of your heart and spirit. After a saddening goodbye, we drove through the coffee trees and headed towards the city of Yaounde, where we were to spent the beginning of our day visiting the American Embassy. After a surprisingly rigorous security process, we had the chance to meet with a member of the United States embassy to tell them more about the project, ask questions about a variety of international subjects, and brainstorm ways in which we could expand on Technology For Africa's efforts. After this honorable meeting, possibilities for our future efforts seemed even more promising than ever before.

After visiting the embassy, we headed to a Catholic university where the previous Technology For Africa trip donated computers. All of the computers were still intact, and the students were more grateful than ever for another visit from the College of Charleston. We delivered our entrepreneurship and business ethics presentation to over 200 students and received even more positive feedback this time. The students were so incredibly grateful for the new SmartBoard and three new laptops and spent a much time explaining current and future entrepreneurship endeavors that are both teaching them business skills and giving back to the community. After the presentation and a question and answer session, TFA met with some of the major players in their student government, which is divided into five different areas and around 200 students whom participate in business, financial and community projects. They were thrilled to pick the brain of CofC students, receive ideas about how to improve and grow their scope of projects, and learn about SIFE(Students In Free Enterprise) and the possibilities that could be offered to them if they worked to create their own SIFE team in Cameroon! It was so interesting to see yet a third school in Cameroon and to take note of the different economic, social, and academic needs that vary among each one. The students' knowledge, passion and potential blew our stereotypes and expectations out of our realms of American perspective once again.

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page"
-Saint Augustine-

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