Life in Muhanga

During my time interning with JAM International, I lived in the Shyogwe sector of Muhanga district, Rwanda. Located to the southwest of Kigali, Muhanga is much more rural than the city I’ve come to call home. Living in a village surrounded by more cows than coffee shops took some getting used to, but after a… Continue reading Life in Muhanga

JAM International

I spent the month of October interning with JAM International at Fred Nkunda Technical Secondary School in Muhanga, Rwanda. At the school, students can choose to study in one of three vocational areas (in addition to earning a diploma): Hotel Operations, Motor Vehicle Mechanics, and Construction. JAM also offers a vocational training center where students… Continue reading JAM International

Venture to Kibuye

This weekend I visited a beautiful town called Kibuye nestled on the shore of Lake Kivu, one of the Great Lakes of Africa. My Peace and Conflict Studies professor, Pastor Anastas, took our class there. Since we were leaving Kigali on the last Saturday of the month, we had to leave at 4 a.m. and… Continue reading Venture to Kibuye

Worship in Africa

In my five weeks here in Rwanda, I’ve had the opportunity to visit several churches in Kigali. Here is a brief summary of my experience of at each church: Charismatic Church The first church I went to was a small charismatic church on the outskirts of Kigali. It was by far the most traditionally African… Continue reading Worship in Africa

Camping in Nyungwe Rainforest

One of my favorite words is serendipity – finding something valuable one didn’t know one was looking for. I never knew camping and hiking in the Rwandan rainforest was on my bucket list, but this weekend, I discovered a desire I never knew I had. On Saturday morning, I took a six-hour bus ride from Nyabugogo,… Continue reading Camping in Nyungwe Rainforest

Rwanda Memorials

My Peace and Conflict Studies class recently went on three field trips to genocide memorials in Rwanda: The Kigali Memorial Centre, and the Ntarama and Nyamata memorials. The Kigali Memorial Centre was very much like a museum, while Ntarama and Nyamata were churches where people had been killed. The main exhibit of Kigali Memorial Centre walks you through Rwanda’s… Continue reading Rwanda Memorials

Azizi Life

Yesterday my program went on a field trip to a village called Azizi in Gitarama, Rwanda. We got to experience a day in the life of the local women. We began by peeling cassava, a potato-like vegetable grown in the village. After peeling, we put them over a fire to cook for lunch. While our… Continue reading Azizi Life