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
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
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
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
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
Living in a different country has always been a dream of mine. I have a strong desire not only to see different places, but also to truly immerse myself in a foreign culture. When I began looking at colleges, a strong study abroad program was a must. I ended up at a school with programs… Continue reading You’re Studying Abroad Where?!