SoDak Must-Sees

Living on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, I am only a few minutes from the Badlands and a little over an hour from the Black Hills. I recently got the chance to explore both beautiful national parks, as well as some other places that have captured my heart. Here are just a few… Badlands… Continue reading SoDak Must-Sees

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?

“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

Volcanoes National Park

In my final weeks staying in Rwanda, I traveled to Volcanoes National Park in the northern province of Rwanda. My camping site had a brilliant view of the volcanoes, which mark the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The best part of camping was the view at night. The stars in VNP… Continue reading Volcanoes National Park

Cultural Arts

As my time in Rwanda is coming to a close, I am now more than ever appreciating the cultural arts of this country. The past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to visit various art centers, cooperatives, and businesses to learn to dance, sing, and create as the Rwandans do. Throughout my experiences, you… Continue reading Cultural Arts

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