I Want To Go To Africa


I want to go to Africa. Someday. Soon. Maybe next summer. With my kids.

When I mentioned this, my daughter started complaining that she didn’t want to go anywhere. Sure, she wants to go to Africa, but with her friends. Can you say “spoiled”?!? Clearly, I have some work to do!

I have a friend who started an orphanage in Africa. Yep, he just up and started an orphanage. Pretty impressive, if you ask me. It is called Zion Care and you can read all about how it started and how you can contribute if you want to help.

My plan is to make my spoiled kids work at the orphanage in Africa for a week or so and then selfishly ruin them again with some kind of fancy safari. Preferably with comfortable beds. And yummy food.

Each time a $5 bill comes into my wallet, I am taking it out and putting it in a jar. (This is not an original idea – the $5 Savings Plan has been going around the blogosphere lately. Taking spoiled children to work at an orphanage in Africa is a totally original idea.)

If you want to copy my idea of going to Africa, feel free. I know I am not the only one with spoiled rotten children. The more spoiled rotten children working at an African orphanage the merrier! Or if you have another goal to save for, that’s fine too.

Starting August 1, I propose we have a little $5 saving competition. Sign up with a comment telling me you are “in” and what your goal is. At the end of the month, we will see who has the most $5 bills saved. We can each send the winner a $5 bill as a prize. If no one else signs up for this contest, I will be sending the winner (me) a $5 prize!  It’s a win-win for everyone!

(Unless of course, if it turns out that I am accidentally running some kind of illegal Ponzi scheme and I have to go to jail. Then I lose. Please let me know if you think this might get me sent to jail. I will immediately cease and desist all gaming on this site. Thanks.)

So, are you “in”? What’s your goal?

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  1. I no longer remember the context of the conversation, but I remember turning to my son and saying (with jaw dropped), “You realize you are incredibly spoiled, right?” To my relief, he ducked his head a bit, gave me a bit of a chagrined semi-smile, and said, “Yeah.” Gave me hope for the future and solace for my parenting. But I, too, have been wondering what kind of experience I can give my kids to help them see how privileged they are. I’m not sure I can sign on for a trip to Africa, but this gives me a nudge to look for something closer to home.

    1. annie kip says:

      Among all of the things we need to get done and places we need to be, it is so hard to find time for community service and volunteering. I have friends who do a great job of getting their kids down to a soup kitchen to work every so often. I am also glad that our high school requires a certain number (30, I think) of community service hours from each student. I think if we are aware of needing to teach the kids t think about others, the opportunities come along.

  2. I’d love to go to Africa but only if I can home swap!! This is an excellent contest but I won’t win – I never have cash in my wallet! And, I don’t believe your kids are spoiled for a second, dear friend.

  3. Taylor Beckett says:

    And…by the way….you might want to use the terms “interesting” or “exotic” when describing the food on the safari. Yummy is particularly subjective here.

    1. annie kip says:

      Thanks – sounds like I should manage my expectations!

  4. Taylor Beckett says:

    South Africa was a life-changing trip. You MUST go. I think you grab a gaggle of girlfriends and leave the kids at home :-)

    1. annie kip says:

      I wish I could just travel for weeks. Seems like such a waste to get all the way there and not see as much as we can. Your photos from Soouth Africa are amazing!!! They are part of what inspires my desire to go there!

      1. Sue Perdomo says:

        I was reading your blog-what an inspiration! I finally got to go to S. Africa over the holidays. I never expected to be able to take a trip that major but it just goes to prove that there is life after divorce. :)

        1. annie kip says:

          I am so jealous!!! I am still plotting my way there. Someday!

  5. Lynn Bowers says:

    I want to go to Africa too!!!!! Emily and Taylor are there right now in Tanzania. They are building a library and working at a local school and of course going on a safari. They are loving it!

    1. annie kip says:

      Wow – the orphanage is in Tanzania!!!! I hope they are having a great trip. Too bad you couldn’t go with them!

      1. Lynn Bowers says:

        I think part of the reason they ae loving this trip so much is that there are no parents. I do wish I was there with them though. I can’t wait for them to come home and tell me all about it and show me their pictures. I think it has been an amazing experience for them.

        1. annie kip says:

          That sounds amazing! I would love to hear more about it when we are able to catch up! They are lucky kids!

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