“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

Akagera Safari

During the final week of my stay in Rwanda, my friends and I enjoyed a safari in Akagera Game Park. Akagera is in the east of Rwanda, bordering Tanzania. Most of Rwanda is mountainous, and is either rain-forest or jungle, but some of my favorite memories occurred in the small savanna of the east. Within… Continue reading Akagera Safari

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

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

Daily Life in Africa

Our program, Go-ED, lives on a compound in Remera, a district of Kigali, Rwanda. The compound includes two guesthouses, one for boys and one for girls. The boys’ house includes a library with all our textbooks and supplemental reading on East Africa, while the girls live in the bigger house with a kitchen and the… Continue reading Daily Life in Africa

From DC to Kigali

My study abroad adventures are finally beginning! On Tuesday, August 16th, I traveled from New Jersey to Washington D.C. for my program check-in. I met the other nine other Go-ED students from CSU Fullerton, Messiah College, and Multnomah University with whom I will share the next four months. Among the ten of us, there are… Continue reading From DC to Kigali