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

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