My six months with Roots & Shoots in Tanzania has truly been one of the most amazing times of my life. As a volunteer, I have had the opportunity to experience Africa from the inside out…not as a tourist, but as a part of the culture. This is a rare and profound opportunity. The incredible students I have met have touched my heart in ways I can’t even begin to express. Helping to better our natural world through assisting with Roots & Shoots projects is just a small part of how being a volunteer has allowed me to “give back”. And, without a doubt, I feel that I have received far more from this experience than I have given. I am forever changed.