Kids Club Curriculum

This summer I worked for YouthWorks organizing an afternoon Kids Club in Manderson, South Dakota. I was given materials and lesson plans, but was responsible for implementing and scaffolding the curriculum for a variety of ages, skill levels, and interests. Every day we had story time, parachute games, and crafts, then on Thursday we celebrated… Continue reading Kids Club Curriculum

South Dakota Summer

After a week of training in Minneapolis, I am finally in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. My job with Youthworks is Kid’s Club Coordinator. Every week we will have youth from around the country to learn about Lakota history and culture and serve in the community. I will be facilitating a day camp for community kids… Continue reading South Dakota Summer

Where in the world is Kelly?

As of last week, I am halfway complete with my undergraduate degree in English with a teaching certificate in grades 7-12. This year was transformational for me in many ways. I spent fall semester studying abroad in Rwanda, where I took courses on the 1994 Genocide, African Religions, Economic Development, and Cultural Arts. I taught… Continue reading Where in the world is Kelly?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Part II

Continued from a previous article. Every year on the anniversary of the genocide, the Trauma Clinic in Butare sees a significant increase in patients with symptoms of PTSD. The fact that trauma increases during the anniversary periods of the genocide proves that the post-traumatic stress in Rwanda is not healing with time, but leaving deep… Continue reading Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Part II

Post-Traumatic Stess Disorder in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Part I

Three years after the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, a young girl was admitted to a medical clinic in Kigali. However, she displayed no physical symptoms. She reported feeling nausea, the sensation of insects crawling on her face, a strong smell of feces, increased agitation/fear, and vivid flashbacks of being attacked by men. “For months she… Continue reading Post-Traumatic Stess Disorder in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Part I

“Home,” Scene Three

LISA, MARIE CHANTAL, and EMMANUEL walk onstage. There is a table with three chairs. They sit. WAITER approaches. WAITER: Welcome to Cannabera. What would you like? EMMANUEL: We would all like chipati. WAITER: Would you like drinks? LISA: I’ll have icyayi, please. EMMANUEL: Tonic. MARIE CHANTAL: Fanta. WAITER: What kind of Fanta? MARIE CHANTAL: Citron.… Continue reading “Home,” Scene Three

“Home,” Scene Two

The library is a house with a classroom and a small nook of textbooks and notebooks. The classroom has several desks, a chalkboard, and a map. LISA: Welcome to Intermediate English Class. Good morning. EMMANUEL and MARIE CHANTAL: Good morning! LISA: How are you? EMMANUEL and MARIE CHANTAL: We are fine. And you? LISA: I… Continue reading “Home,” Scene Two

“Home,” Scene One

An African market: colorful kitenge, people bartering, and lots of noise, animals, and pandemonium. Two Americans, LISA and KAYLEE, are walking through the stalls. MERCHANT: Sister, welcome to Rwanda! I will make you a kitenge dress! Only four thousand francs! LISA: No, thank you. MERCHANT: Cheaper than anywhere else in the market! LISA: Maybe we’ll… Continue reading “Home,” Scene One

Colonial Subjectivism in Death and the King’s Horseman

In his play, Death and the King’s Horseman, Wole Soyinka explores the clash of modern Western and traditional African cultures and values through a real-life incident that happened among the Yoruba people of Nigeria in 1946. The village king has recently died, and in the tradition of Yoruba customs, his horseman, Elesin Oba, is expected… Continue reading Colonial Subjectivism in Death and the King’s Horseman