A job may have been my avenue for going to Africa, but it wasn’t the driving force. I didn’t choose the job with a minor detail being “Located in South Africa”. I chose the job because it was located in South Africa. I love Africa for it’s beautiful landscapes and warm-hearted people, and I love to contribute what skills and ideas I might have for the betterment of others’ livelihood. Though my colleague and I stayed busy in the village with our students, when we were approached by the local youth choir to assist in their marketing efforts, we agreed.
Huntington is located near private game reserves that border Kruger National Park. Employment prospects are grim in the area, and the few that are employed, typically work at the game lodges. The youth choirs aim to perform at these lodges for tourists. Several villages in our area had youth choirs to help keep kids out of trouble. The HIV/AIDS rate is extremely high, as well as teen pregnancy. And, there is no shortage of talent in these small villages, from beautiful voices to perplexing dance moves.
As part of our assistance, we made over the printed material, and did a photo and video shoot. We took the videos and put together this short montage to give game lodges an overview of what the choir can offer their guests. Here is the video of the talented youth in my village in South Africa. If you want to see the hip-shaking cultural dances, watch until at least the 2 minute marker. If you want to see a clip of a song from Lion King as well as Shosholoza, hang in there until the end!