Three Essential Considerations for Storytelling in West Africa

A veteran storyteller reveals her mistakes in last summer’s storytelling.

Each summer the Samaritan House Children’s Center offers a customized Summer Education Program (SEP) for our group of young African kids. Each morning, the SEP begins with prayer, learning new songs, and a favorite of the youngsters, Auntie Dannie’s Bible storytelling. I focused on telling the story accurately, but this year I missed two of the three essential considerations for storytelling in West Africa.

Most of our summer gang re Three Essential Considerations for Storytelling in West Africa

Most of our summer gang

Five Air Travel Questions Answered RE: Connections and Seats

The final post in the series of real-life experiences shared by a triple-decade veteran of international travel.

The final episode in this three-part series invited the readers to direct the text. Here are the five air travel questions answered re: connections and seats. If you’re not planning to fly anywhere and don’t know anyone who could use the information, you might enjoy reading the adventures.

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Passengers taking their suitcases at baggage claim area (Courtesy of 123RF Stock Photo/Konstantin Yolshin)

Five Basic Factors to Consider When Selecting Aircraft Seats

More than thirty years of international travel provides real-life examples to assist newbies in choosing the right seat.

Online booking of flights is not only convenient and fast; it allows passengers to reserve their specific seats. Unsure what option to choose? Here are five basic factors to consider when selecting aircraft seats.

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Five Essential Considerations When Booking Connecting Flights

A thirty-year veteran of international travel shares examples of what to avoid, complete with real-life illustrations.

Booking flights online provides the adventure-seeking internet surfer hours of fun, hopefully resulting in the dream trip at the lowest possible price. Whether making all arrangements in the comfort of home or waiting for that call-back from the travel agent, check out these five essential considerations when booking connecting flights.

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Charle de Gaulle airport, in Paris, France. (Courtesy of 123RF Stock Photo/Michael Spring)

Nothing quite says “nightmare trip” like badly arranged connecting flights.

Three Critical Cautions for Newbie International Volunteers—Part III

The final post in the series by a Thirty-two-year veteran offering insights for the first overseas deployment.

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Excitement reigns as you work through the checklist for that first overseas assignment. You learned a few phrases in the tribal language, trying to absorb everything about the new culture found in the mission brochure. To prevent some incredibly stressful moments that first year, I’m sharing these three critical cautions for newbie international volunteers—Part III.

The final post in this series may prove the one you benefit from the most. I’ve found it essential in every country where I’ve served. Some months, the issues popped up on a daily basis; at other times, I’d be taken by surprise.