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Jen AndersonBy Jen Anderson
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Jen AndersonBy Jen Anderson
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About

About the Book:

In July 2010, I spent 28 days in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. I arrived in the country thinking (somewhat naively) that I was there to facilitate positive social change and help to change a community for the better.

Little did I know that I would be the one whose worldview was fundamentally changed.

More specifically, what changed over the course of those 28 days were my preconceived views on international volunteering, culture sharing, and what the concepts of "home" and "community" mean to people the world over. And more than anything, what I came away with was a fierce respect for the people of Tanzania - and was left with a deep desire, when I came back to the States, to share what I had learned from Tanzanians themselves, those on the front lines who had been working for decades to facilitate social change within their own communities.

In writing this book, I took most of the material from a daily journal I kept while in-country, with significant research on the organizations I worked with in Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. What the narrative has since morphed into is a personal account with additional social commentary, focusing on a different perspective of "voluntourism" (a concept not without its share of criticism as to its effectiveness and motivations). It's deeply personal, but also relevant to anyone who has ever stepped off a plane in a developing country, with optimism and good intentions.  It's a story about what we can do, but also about what is already being done while we weren't paying attention. When the vast majority of news reported by U.S. media about Africa is overwhelmingly of war and disease, the unheard stories of local heroism are all the more surprising when you see them unfolding in person. So, this is my story, in a sense... but truthfully, it is their story.

Current Project Status:

I have completed a draft and a preliminary round of editing and shaping the narrative with my editor. I am currently working on a "rewrite" with additional research, after which I will submit the draft to my editor for another review. I plan to self-publish the book, partnering with local printing companies in Phoenix, Arizona and Minneapolis, Minnesota in order to accommodate my audiences in both locations. I'm also going to be marketing to indie/local bookstores to partner with in carrying the book. I am hoping to have the book ready for publication by the end of March 2016; any donations from this Kickstarter effort will go solely toward editing, printing, shipping and marketing costs.

Risks and challenges

If successfully funded, the primary obstacle could be a delay in printing. I have recently moved back to my hometown of Minneapolis after 6 years living in Phoenix, and I am currently in the process of requesting quotes from local printing companies in Minnesota. As such, I have a working relationship with a printing company in Phoenix and currently they are my primary vendor. This may increase the time between proofing and printing larger orders, as the proof will have to be mailed to me in Minnesota.

Another possible challenge would be in finding a centralized method of distribution. I am researching indie and local bookstores as options to carry the book, and I'm also looking into online self-publishing vendors, such as Amazon or Lulu, but the setup process may add additional time to successful distribution.

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