Nanci Theoret, 10:37 am
For participants, voluntourism is the ultimate way to experience a country without a guidebook. The trips tend to be more immersive and meaningful; travelers report a more authentic experience. According to voluntourism.org, a nonprofit committed to educating, empowering and engaging volunteers and host communities, Africa ranks among the world’s top three volunteer destinations. Most voluntourists spend one to two weeks, participating in educational and training programs, construction projects and working with children.
Nanci Theoret, 8:24 am
A U.S. company is playing a role in bringing much-needed electricity to Africa. After completing a turn-key $5 million solar-panel manufacturing plant in Ethiopia, Florida-based SKYei now plans to build two hydropower plants in Tanzania. “We train locals and that differentiates us from other companies,” said Roland McLean of SKYei. “It’s been our experience that we can always find good local help. We pay more and wreck the local wage scale.”
Nanci Theoret, 12:04 pm AFKI Original
“We’re shipping good-old American products to Africa,” says Tim Truax, a production manager in Venice, Fla. “A lot of American companies pulled out of Africa, including Sherwin-Williams. We’re using their paint and will bring them back into Africa.”