“Traveling; It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” -Ibn Battuta

Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem
Marhaba!! Welcome family, friends and strangers to my travel blog! My name is Hera and this past summer I was blessed with the opportunity to travel on my own from my home in California to two beautiful countries in Africa and the Middle East. I volunteered abroad in the rural areas of Morocco where I educated the local community on various social, economical and health issues while volunteering in hospitals, farming projects, orphanages, dental clinics and health care festivals. On my way home I stopped by Jordan and England during the month of Ramadan. Here is a little collection of pictures, videos and thoughts of my trip abroad and where I will be sharing my adventures :)

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Oct 24
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Beautiful #Moroccan #Paintings sold on the streets leading the way to #Agadir #Beach. Apply now with @unitedforservice for December programs in #Morocco! Last day is tomorrow Oct. 25! See the world and volunteer to help! #unitedforservice #volunteerabroad #summer2012 #missit #haveafewcustomworksofart

Beautiful #Moroccan #Paintings sold on the streets leading the way to #Agadir #Beach. Apply now with @unitedforservice for December programs in #Morocco! Last day is tomorrow Oct. 25! See the world and volunteer to help! #unitedforservice #volunteerabroad #summer2012 #missit #haveafewcustomworksofart

Jan 10
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#Berber #wedding where we danced all night! Love & miss Rahat & Beyza #Agadir #Village #Morocco #Safi #Imissthattan #Summer #VolunteerAbroad @unitedforservice

#Berber #wedding where we danced all night! Love & miss Rahat & Beyza #Agadir #Village #Morocco #Safi #Imissthattan #Summer #VolunteerAbroad @unitedforservice

Jan 09
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Anonymous asked: Hey! I was wondering, how much did your Morocco trip cost altogether? And how exactly did you volunteer? did you have time to do some sight seeing? :)

Hii! It was 2500 and 1000 for a plane ticket which included my air fare to Jordan and England! I was looking for volunteer abroad programs for a year prior and the program fees alone were around $3000. As part of the trip, we had to get donors to sponsor us and I was able to pay the entire cost of the program just through donations! It was a 2.5 week trip and we stayed in a beach front village in Tildi for 6 days but did see a bit of Marrakech and Casablanca and a whole lot of Agadir and Idougnadif. I volunteered in hospital emergency rooms, public clinics (where we took height, weight, blood pressure, sugar levels), pharmacies (where we prescribed donated medication), public and private clinics (where I viewed a circumcision and a C-section and the held both children afterwards), dental clinics (I extracted 4 teeth!!!), orphanages (which helped me make the decision to sponsor an orphan as well as adopt an orphan in the future iA) as well as helped local fisherman develop farms to expand produce and generate another source of income in low socioeconomic areas! All that and I went shopping at Zara and Mango, went sailing in the Atlantic Ocean, visited the YSL museum, did more shopping, ate amazing Moroccan food everyday, experienced a Hammam (bath house) and attended a traditional Moroccan wedding with old and new friends and beautiful Muslims from CA, Kansas, New York and Illinois who I still stay in touch with today :)

Nov 24
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Excited for our Morocco volunteers to help young boys and girls in Morocco enhance their skills in Math and English :) Go TMP 2013!
bhrama: People undervalue their education. There are kids all over the globe that would love to sit in your chair. Knowledge is addicting. 

Excited for our Morocco volunteers to help young boys and girls in Morocco enhance their skills in Math and English :) Go TMP 2013!

bhrama: People undervalue their education. There are kids all over the globe that would love to sit in your chair. Knowledge is addicting. 

(via hera7)

Sep 09
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My little Moroccan cuties! Taught over 70+ kids how to brush in a rural Dental clinic :)

My little Moroccan cuties! Taught over 70+ kids how to brush in a rural Dental clinic :)

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Anonymous asked: MashAllah Hera, I didn't know you were going on this trip! May Allah bless you on this journey and bring you back safe and sound. Hope you enjoy and learn and grow. Look forward to keeping up with you through the blog. Take care and love, Ghazala Aunty

Thanks for the support & love Ghazala Aunty <3 

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f3aristheheartoflov3 asked: I can't wait to hear all about your adventures traveling! You're going to learn so much, I'm so happy for you!! Be sure to take pictures :)

Athina!!!! <3 I took so many pictures, I have to post a few here ASAP!

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light-upthe-night asked: have fun in morocco!

I had a great time, thanks so much :)

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Anonymous asked: you should make a picture blog. just pictures! I want to see all your pictures from morroco!!:)

I’ll be uploading a few here and there once I have edited the majority of them, stay tuned <3

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Anonymous asked: what happened to your facebook? WE NEED TO SEE PICTURES! omg why are you keeping us waiting:( haha

I know I’m so sorry!! I have to start blogging about my time! I wrote in a journal so hopefully I can update this blog soon!! :)