i2P Gears Up For Expedition Africa

Our friends over at impossible2Possible are getting ready to launch their next big youth ambassador adventure. The organization, which is dedicated to educating and inspiring students in classrooms across the globe through the use of adventure, routinely sends young people on an adventure of their own to spotlight a particular cause. This time that cause is raising awareness about the importance of fresh water in developing parts of the world and they’ll spread the word on that topic by running across the Kalahari Desert in Botswana.

Dubbed Expedition Africa 2012, the journey is scheduled to get underway on October 29 and run through November 12. It will feature eight youth ambassadors between the ages of 17-21, who will be running through some of the more remote and beautiful areas in Botswana. While they are there, they’ll be using satellite communication systems to reach out to classrooms to help educate them about the country and the importance of water there. Botswana is a landlocked country that is mostly covered by desert, although it is home to the Okavango Delta, one of the largest inland deltas in the world. That body of water creates an oasis that provides life to a dizzying array of animals, such as elephants, lions and hippos, that call the region home.

The official Expedition Africa 2012 website should be launching soon, providing more information about the adventure, the young people who will be taking part and the educational goals they hope to accomplish. As with all of the i2P projects, I’m sure this will be an amazing experience for all involved and quite interesting for those of us who follow along at home.

On a personal note, Botswana is on a short list of destinations for my next adventure as well, so I’ll be following along with even more interest.

Kraig Becker