CLEARANCE-028My first volunteer vacation was to Vilanculos, Mozambique. It is a beautiful Portuguese settlement/fishing village on the east coast of Africa. It has beautiful white sandy beaches and couldn't be further away from our culture. I chose this particular organization because it offered different services to the community. We would teach preschool 3 days a week, teach adult English 1 day, and rebuild huts on another day. There's so many ways this experience changed my life, some seem so obvious to me. I realized what a slave to commercialism we can be and how we spend money on the stupidest crap.  I realized how much unneccessary "stuff" we fill our lives with.  Instead of "stuff" or "crap" for Christmas or birthdays, let's give each other gifts to charity or donate time to our communities.