Note: Hobo OK Richard Trillo the Editor of “The Rough Guide to West Africa,” is in love with West Africa. When I choose a guidebook, it feels good to know the Editor loves the countries I am visiting. When searching for dreams, better to follow a path laid down with love.
I interjected some ideas about how to create a spider web network of small trips to the various West Africa cities, whereby groups of tourist could share a van and go visit.
I was laughing about the need for a clean toilet by Mark and Taia or is it Taia and Marc; nonetheless, they presently have a real and present need for cleanliness. West Africa has some of the cleanest Hotel rooms on the planet, and somehow these two found the worst rooms in Togo and volunteered to pay for the experience… Hehehe
I am listening in sales mode, thinking, what these two want, what could I sell them besides super clean toilets and it kept creeping into my first conscious level and out of the lower sub-conscious levels. These two have a real need to volunteer in Africa.
I am semi-frustrated with this need, as I think a desire to save the world is somehow misguided and try to say more or less, - Africa does not need saved. -
They do not want to save Africa, however they volunteered some ideas.
--- We are overwhelmed in the USA with the idea that Africa needs help. We want to give back, we feel we need to give, we are so lucky.
Ok a fuzzy need, not clear and defined, however you word this need it is not important, they are not going to be happy until they give some good energy to the people of Africa.
Ok, I will put this word Volunteer on the list of things to help provide in a Hostel. Aagh!
This is like saddling up next to a horse thief, then riding along with the horse thief as he steals a few horses, than when the Marshall says, - Did you help him steal them their horses? - I would say, - I had no idea what he was doing Marshall; I was just riding my horse with him. -
The problem for me is this, when I think Volunteer Organizations, I think Horse Thieves, I am not fond of the idea of helping the bad ones, by just riding along, as maybe people will think I am a Horse Thieve by association.
I will help these wanna be Volunteer in Africa find ways to get a good Karma rush by Volunteering in Africa.
I keep offering the one idea, - You can go give them certifiably crazy naked people walking on the beach here in Lome some clothes and a shower. -
I can only think of one thing, maybe two, but with some work, I am sure I can find 10 or more good volunteer projects in Africa to satisfy this fuzzy need of tourist and travelers to Togo to Volunteer in Africa.
To be a Volunteer in Africa is good, to give back what you was given in noble, however go walk up to proud people and say, you are poor is bad manners.