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September 25, 1999 Update
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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Abeja - You think you've got problems? Try getting across the Sahara Desert sometime!

Abeja tells of the obstacles the team faces trying to get across the Sahara desert to Casablanca, Morocco. She touches on the inability to find passage on a boat, the slavery in Mauritania and the expense of a visas.

The Sahara is an immense geologic feature which has major effects on the lives of the people who live in and around it. It affects the weather and is a substantial physical barrier. The trekkers are having a hard time just finding a way around it. Are there some geologic features of note in your area, large or small, that effect the everyday life of your students?

Team - Kevin Gets a Souvenir from Africa: Malaria

The team describes Kevin's bout with malaria, watching over him at the hospital in Dakar, Senegal, and his plans to go to Israel to rest and regain his health.

Do your students know anyone who has had to go to the hospital because of a sickness like malaria? Having the support of friends and family is very important during a serious illness.

Jasmine - Lac Rose

Jasmine relates her experience in Dakar, specifically at Lac Rose (the Pink Lake). Includes references to her quest for deeper learning and teaching (the ultimate educational experience) and inspirational thoughts and lessons from her grandfather on living your dreams and capturing the moment in life.

In this dispatch, Jasmine talks about her dreams, and how, for her, traveling to far away places and seeing unusual and beautiful sights, like the Lac Rose, is her dream come true. Some people dream about experiencing far away places, but for others dreams are closer to home. What are the dreams of some of your students?

Kavitha - Jammin'.Groovin'.Diggin' the tunes!

Kavitha relates her experience with West African music in the form of a poem. Includes information on West African instruments, musicians and meaning behind music. links to the multi-media section.

Different cultures express themselves differently through music, by using different instruments, different rhythms, etc. Have your students listen to and discuss traditional music of one kind or another, either from your culture or a culture from a different part of the world.

Monica - The Ingredients of crossing the Sahara desert: Sand, Water and Landmines???
Kids' Version Available

Monica details the perils of trekking through the Sahara to get to Morocco. Landmines, lack of water and getting in trouble with the law!

The Sahara is an immense geologic feature which has major effects on the lives of the people who live in and around it. It affects the weather and is a substantial physical barrier. The trekkers are having a hard time just finding a way around it. Are there some geologic features of note in your area, large or small, that effect the everyday life of your students?

Monica - The People on the Bus Go Up and Down, Part II

Monica related the team's experience on their long (twenty-six hour) bus ride from Bamako to Dakar. Includes description of travelling conditions and the trials of reaching another destination in their journey though Africa.

Have your students had any terrible travel experiences? Have them write their stories down or share their tales with each other.

Monica - Trying to sail the ocean blue!

Monica tells us how she and the gang searched around the docks of Dakar, Senegal for a boat to get them to Morocco. They met up with a Filipino Captain and Monica recaps some of her experiences being a Filipino-American.

As Monica points out in this dispatch, America is made up of people from all over the world with different racial and ethnic identities. But every citizen is an American no matter where their parents came from, what language they speak, or what traditions they follow. This diversity is an asset. It makes America what it is. Discuss the ideas of ethnic identity and national identity. Try to communicate that this is an extremely important and fundamental issue in the world today and the cause of countless conflict, but it doesn't have to be that way.

Team - Bittersweet Recollections: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Mali
Kids' Version Available

The Team recounts its highs--and lows--in Mali, including individual stories about the desert country's people and extreme weather.

Have your students reminisce about the team's adventures in Mali. Is there any one experience that they read about that sticks out the most in their minds? Have your students email the team and let them know what adventures were the most memorable for them.

Abeja gets M.A.D.-- She's Making a Difference

Exploration of the dangers of Nestle's formula milk promotion in Africa with suggestions for how students can make a difference.

Write Nestle a letter and tell them what you and your class think of their business practices. Have a class discussion about different ways to get others to boycott Nestle products. What other companies are exploiting third world countries for profit?

 
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