Your Questions About Africa Tours From Usa

Mandy asks…

how many hours would a flight from south africa to the USA(example miami) take?

im a HUGE DRAKE lover and id really like to go to one of his shows from his “Away From Home Tour”…so halla back people :-)

Juan answers:

I’d guess 11 hours ar so

Helen asks…

Why do people from U.S.A say, “I went to Africa for vacation” as if 1) Africa is a country, and?

2) They toured all of the 53 countries there? Why does’nt someone answer the question with “Really, which country there?” I wonder why people from USA think and or believe Africa to be a country.

Juan answers:

I don’t know, but it does become annoying. I lived in Tanzania for a few years, and when I came back I got stupid questions like, “What language do they speak in Africa?” When I asked them which country they meant, they said “Africa” and many truly seemed believe that the whole place is full the same homogenous people. I finally just started telling them that in *Tanzania* they spoke Swahili, English, and some of the 120 or so tribal languages.

Educating people in that can be difficult. They don’t want to talk about it, because they do not like to show their ignorance. If they begin to talk about it then they will prove how much they *don’t* know.

Then there is the whole cultural “politically correct” problem. So many believe that everyone in Africa, all countries, are black even today. Unfortunately there are people who don’t know how to deal with that — I’ve seen too much of that in the past months since coming home.

History classes in the USA also do not teach much of anything about the African countries, so the education system is still impaired.

John asks…

Global Travels and Tours Limited has requested money– how can I be sure that they are who they say they are?

A travel agency has requested money from a friend for a visa and health insurance before they apply for a flight to the USA. How can we be sure that they are not just taking advantage of us. This travel agency is located in Republic of Benin- Africa

Juan answers:

It is a scam or – in the best case, it is merely over-pricing.

It is common in Africa that “agents” or travel agencies claim they have contacts at embassies that for a fee can secure an applicant a visa. However, this is not true.
Your friend should save the middle-man and apply herself in person at the US embassy.

As for the health insurance, your friend can take one out herself without having to go through a travel agent.

Unless you know your friend VERY well, it could anyway all be a scam …

Maria asks…

Why didn’t Michael Jackson win the Nobel Peace Prize?

January 10, 1984: Michael visits the unit for burn victims at Brotman-Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles.

April 9, 1984: David Smithee, a 14-year-old boy who suffers from cystic fibroses is invited to Michael’s home. It was David’s last wish to meet Michael. He dies 7 weeks later.

April 14, 1984: Michael equips a 19-bed-unit at Mount Senai New York Medical Center. This center is part of the T.J. Martell-Foundation for leukemia and cancer research.

July 5, 1984: During the Jackson’s press conference at Tavern On The Green, Michael announces that his part of the earnings from the Victory Tour will be donated to three charitable organizations: The United Negro College Fund, Camp Good Times, and the T.J. Martell-Foundation.

July 14, 1984: After the first concert of the Victory Tour, Michael meets 8 terminally ill children backstage.

December 13, 1984: Michael visits the Brotman Memorial Hospital, where he had been treated when he was burned very badly during the producing of a Pepsi commercial. He donates all the money he receives from Pepsi, $1.5 million, to the Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children.

January 28, 1985: Michael and 44 other artists meet to record “We Are The World”, written by Michael and Lionel Ritchie. The proceeds of this record are donated to the starving people in Africa.

1986: Michael set up the “Michael Jackson UNCF Endowed Scholarship Fund”. This $1.5 million fund is aimed towards students majoring in performance art and communications, with money given each year to students attending a UNCF member college or university.

February 28, 1986: After having had a heart-transplant, 14-year-old Donna Ashlock from California gets a call from Michael Jackson. He had heard that she is a big fan of his. Michael invites her to his home as soon as she is feeling better. This visit takes place on March 8th. Donna stays for dinner and watches a movie together with Michael.

September 13, 1987: Michael supports a campaign against racism. He supports efforts of the NAACP, to fight prejudices against black artists.

October 1987: At the end of his Bad Tour, Michael donates some personal items to the UNESCO for a charitable auction. The proceeds will be for the education of children in developing countries.

February 1, 1988: The Song “Man In the Mirror” enters the charts. The proceeds from the sales of this record goes to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a camp for children who suffer from cancer.

March 1, 1988: At a press conference held by his sponsor Pepsi, Michael presents a $600,000 check to the United Negro College Fund.

April 1988: Free tickets are given away for three concerts in Atlanta, Georgia to the Make A Wish Foundation.

May 22, 1988: Michael visits children who suffer from cancer in the Bambini-Gesu Children’s Hospital in Rome. He signs autographs and gives away sweets and records to the little patients. He promises a check of 100,000 pounds to the hospital.

July 16, 1988: Before a concert at Wembley Stadium Michael meets the Prince of Wales and his wife Diana. He hands over a check of 150,000 pounds for the Prince’s Trust, and a check of 100,000 pounds for the children’s hospital at Great Ormond Street.

July 20, 1988: Michael visits terminally ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital. At a unit for less critical patients he stays a little bit longer and tells a story.

August 29, 1988: At his 30th birthday Michael performs a concert in Leeds, England for the English charity-organization “Give For Life”. The goal of this organization is the immunization of children. Michael presents a check for 65,000 pounds.

December 1988: Michael visits 12-year-old David Rothenburg. His father had 5 years earlier burned him very badly in an act of revenge against his former wife.

January 1989: The proceeds of one of Michael’s shows in Los Angeles are donated to Childhelp USA, the biggest charity-organization against child-abuse. In appreciation of the contributions of Michael, Childhelp of Southern California is founding the “Michael Jackson International Institute for Research On Child Abuse”.

January 10, 1989: The Bad Tour comes to an end. Under-privileged children are donated tickets for each concert and Michael donates money to hospitals, orphanages and charity-organizations.

February 7, 1989: Michael visits the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California. Some weeks earlier a 25-year-old man had fired at the school’s playground. 5 children had been killed and 39 had been wounded.

March 5, 1989: Michael invites 200 deprived children of the St. Vincent Institute for handicapped children and of the organization Big Brothers and Big Sisters to the Circus Vargas in Santa Barbara. After this event he invites them to his ranch to introduce his private zoo at his Neverland Ranch to them.

November 13, 1989: The organization “Wishes Granted” helps 4-year-old Darian Pagan, who suffers from leukemia to meet Michael. Michael invites

Juan answers:

No matter what great opportunities he sought out, he was a child molester. Even if he wasnt (which of course I dont believe) he was always insanely inappropriate with kids.

PS… None of these examples, nice as they are, have anything to do with promoting peace. They are acts of service (or promotion) but that is different than promoting PEACE. So the prize wouldnt have been appropriate anyway.

William asks…

How to have good education?

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Juan answers:

I’m missing something here. What is your question? I can’t imagine that you think you get a good education by learning about former President Bush’s dog.

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