While many enjoyed the holidays at home with their families, Robert Palmer Watkins (ex-Dillon, GENERAL HOSPITAL) spent his with his family… in Africa! “I am so ready to embark on this 10-day trip to Africa today to finally visit my little sis, Kate, in the Peace Corps,” he posted to Instagram on Dec. 18. “She has been in Tanzania for over two years. I haven’t seen her the entire time she’s been gone and it’s been killing me. She’s my little baby sis and we have always been super close.”
While visiting the village where his sister was doing her work, Watkins even got to bring a little bit of holiday cheer to the kids with a special Santa’s elf costume. “Many children in this village in the Kilimanjaro region had heard of Santa but had never seen an elf like this,” he shared. “The laughter speaks for itself.”
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Visiting my sister Kate's village in Peace Corps Tanzania, I was fortunate enough to learn about Peace Corps "Second Goal." After capacity building projects, Peace Corps Volunteers are responsible for sharing aspects of American culture with host country nationals, including diverse cultural holidays. Thanks to @ugly.christmas I shared in the joy of Santa by dancing my way through the village on the shoulders of this happy elf! Many children in this village in the Kilimanjaro region had heard of Santa but had never seen an elf like this. The laughter speaks for itself.
The actor had also been looking forward to the adventure for another reason, one that was even more personal. “I couldn’t be more ready and open to taking this trip,” Watkins confided. “This past year has been a journey to say the least. I’ve experienced loss, but more gain, and the most internal growth of my entire life. I’m learning it’s okay to ask the universe and God for guidance, while also seeking out the answers, and if you just listen and allow doors to open, it’s pretty astonishing what comes next. I’m excited for those answers to come and I look forward to surrounding myself this coming year with like-minded explorers who also want growth.
“I plan to self-reflect while in Africa and come back ready to tackle 2019 full-force,” he concluded. “Here’s to checking back in with myself and cutting out the areas of my life that drain me. 2019, baby! Only positive frequencies propelling me to reach my full potential as a human, as an artist, as a man.”
Watkins also got up-close and personal with some of the wildlife, too! Check out his amazing African photo album in the special gallery below!
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Watkins was amazed by his experience at Cheetah's Rock. "Unlike a lot of places tourist go to interact with animals, Cheetah’s Rock puts the animals first and does everything to make sure the animal’s natural environment is not disturbed," he explained. "These animals were all either abandoned or injured so Cheetah’s Rock took them in and is giving them the best life imaginable. This facility is caring for their animals the right way and truly puts them first."
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This cheetah even sat still (mostly) for a group photo!
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Watkins also got to make friends with a zebra while he was visiting.
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"Looking forward to everything I’ll learn this year. 2019 let’s go baby! 🤘" Watkins shared during a reflective moment on Changuu, also known as Prison Island.
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"Def one of my favorite pics from Africa," he admitted. "These turtles on Prison Island, Zanzibar were almost 200 years old. Closest creature to a dinosaur I’ll ever pet. They were so peaceful and calm. I can’t explain it but their energy was incredible."
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After he'd already returned from his adventure in Africa, Watkins shared another photo from his trip, this time with a lemur, and joked: "Take me back!"