A Trip Down the Amazon and Tapajós Rivers

Taking a boat from the confluence of the Amazon and Tapajós Rivers, winding through a thick rainforest canopy, there are multitudes of wildlife in all directions. Primates dangle from trees, colorful birds take flight, and vibrant tropical vegetation surrounds. There is the buzzing of insects, murmur of the river, and rustling of leaves, all sounds that make up the unique symphony of the rainforest.

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Sankofa and the Slave Castles of Ghana

Gazing upon the structures today, breathtaking white-stone castles overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, it may be difficult to grasp the tragic history that lies within their walls. Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle, located on the southern tip of Ghana, are both stops along an Amizade volunteer program in the West African country.

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Felix and the Pump

This blog entry is part of a series of blogs from Marvin and Martie Wachs, long time friends and supporters…

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The More You Stare, The More You See

One night over spring break this year, I was lying on the hood of a car in Tuba City, Arizona, in the Navajo Nation Native American reservation. Gazing up at the stars above, unobstructed by trees or buildings, I reflected on my week with new friends doing the same by my side. The stillness and peace was broken seconds later as one of our friends proclaimed, “the more you stare, the more you see.”

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