This trip will be a little bit of business and a little bit of pleasure. I will be travelling with my boyfriend Alex and our plan is to start in Kenya at the Olooloitikoshi Girl’s Rescue Center, where we will be teaching, volunteering, and working on some construction projects. I will also be doing interviewing and researching for a writing project I am working on about female circumcision in the Maasai tribe. Next, we will head to Samburu in northern Kenya, where we will visit the Umoja Women’s Village, go on safari, and perhaps find some small mountain to climb. From there, we will trek back across Kenya and cross the border into Tanzania. We plan to spend a night or two in the Kilimanjaro region and visit another school for Maasai girls. Next, we will head to southern Tanzania to visit our good friend Sarah, who is in her last year as a Peace Corps volunteer. We will spend about two weeks with her, helping out in her school and travelling to nearby ‘insiders’ spots that she knows about! Lastly, we will take a puddle jumper across the Indian Ocean to Zanzibar, where we plan to indulge in historic tours, search for monkeys in the Jozani forest, lay on the beach, swim in the ocean, and- keeping with the theme of the trip – visit a couple of women’s cooperatives on the island. We plan on being back in plenty of time for the summer hiking and backpacking season!