Archive by author: Maureen LittlejohnReturn
A Toronto-based traveller, writer and communications specialist, Maureen combines her wanderlust with a drive to do good in the world. When she is not gazing at the Northern Lights in Norway, sweating in a Mexican temazcal or stroking the soft fur of lion cubs in South Africa for a story, Maureen can be found sharing her expertise and building the capacity of people in developing countries. From buying produce in the local markets to checking out a new city's hidden nooks and crannies, she revels in soaking up the culture and savouring the cuisine. Her award-winning articles reflect her natural curiosity and love of life, no matter where she happens to be.
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Ethiopia is an extremely nice place

Ethiopia is an extremely nice place

HARAR, ETHIOPIA — In this land of extremes, you can stand in the hottest place on Earth — The Danakil Depression in the country’s northeast sector — and watch as the thermometer rise to over 50C, as my travelling partner did. Or, as I experienced, you can freeze in its higher elevations when the mercury dips below 0C.
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A Wild Weekend in Swaziland

A Wild Weekend in Swaziland

Swaziland was not on my bucket list. I didn’t even know where it was when I first heard about a volunteer position with the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse. But, during my stint as communications officer with the organization, my eyes were opened to the jaw-dropping beauty of this tiny kingdom of 1.2 million, tucked between Mozambique and South Africa.
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Ghana a paradise for eco-tourists

Ghana a paradise for eco-tourists

ACCRA, GHANA - Last year,I found myself living in dusty, dirty Accra. I was volunteering with Crossroads International and working with a local partner called Pro-Link, doing communications for their projects in maternal health and HIV/AIDS education. Our office was in a bleak industrial zone and I was ready for a break.
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Botswana is Larger than Life

Botswana is Larger than Life

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA - I love elephants. I have ridden them in India and played with them at sanctuaries in Thailand. So I was thrilled when on a journey through Botswana our small plane began its descent to the Okavango Delta airstrip and I could see clusters of the gentle giants munching contentedly on tender shoots growing in the marshy waters.
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