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August 25, 1999 Update
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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Abeja - World Class Lesson in Hospitality from the People of Mali

Abeja, Jasmine and Kavitha are welcomed into the home of a local family in Bamako, Mali. They enjoy days of rest after a strenuous journey from Ghana.

In the courtyard of Baboal Thiem in Bamako, Mali where Kavitha and Abeja visited, the people are very religious. Religion is a big part of the culture and the people do many ritualistic things such as only eating with the right hand and praying five times a day.

Notice how the people gave their guests knives and forks to eat with. Consider the many different "rituals" we have in our culture. Have each student divide a piece of paper into two columns. On one side, have them write down customs or rituals we have here in the U.S. (this may be done as a large group). In the other column, students should write down the rituals their own families have. Ask the students to share these with the class, or with a small group. If Dabel and her family came to visit a family in the states, how do you think they would be treated?

Jasmine - Jasmine is Jammin' in Africa

Kid's Version Available

Jasmine has arrived in Mali, find out how she is adjusting to life in Mali. Meet her new friends and find out which Odyssey member has the craziest laugh.

Find Bamako, Mali in Africa on the map. Find San Francisco, where Jasmine's plane took off from. Ask students they would prepare for such an adventure? Would they be scared? Excited? Both? If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go? Why? Have them research their destination on the internet and list three new things they learned about the destination that they didn't know before.
Kavitha - Someone To Watch Over Us

Kavitha and Abeja overcome adversity, running out of money and having no place to stay on their journey from Ghana to Mali. Sheer luck -- and the kindness and generosity of strangers are the main factors that help them through

Discuss with students if they believe in luck? Look how far the generosity of a stranger can go (as this dispatch showed). Discuss what generosity and kindness to strangers means in our country. Can they afford to be that generous, or are we forced to be more cautious for our own safety? What might we learn from Oliver, the student on the bus, the owner of the hotel, and Dabel, the student in the bank?

Kevin - After All, Fare is Fair!

Kid's Version Available

Kevin relates the team's experience in Bamako as tourists, specifically "white" tourists. He describes the trials of bargaining for taxi prices and struggling to be treated as the locals, rather than as tourists

Discuss with students if it's fair to make tourists pay higher prices? Think of some of the places in your country that draw a lot of tourists. Are the restaurants, hotels, and trinkets more expensive in these places than they would be in a local area? Why are prices so much higher for tourists? Consider how it could help the city or country's economy.

Monica - A Letter Home One Year Later

Monica talks about her travels to Mali, the hardships of buses, her upcoming birthday, and her first impressions of Mali's capital, Bamako. She also speaks a little French, talks about literacy, Islam, and the ancient empires of Mali.

Have students consider what they doing a year ago? What new things have they learned and experienced? What new people have they met? Have them write to themselves, a family member or distant friend about these changes.

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