First Week of Teaching

In these past few weeks I have come to conclude that I have two different people living within me. The first is named Am-Erica, and she is the part of myself that responds to African circumstances with an American attitude. She is easily frustrated and has a hard time being flexible. The second I call Af-rica, and she is the…

Not Your Mother’s Blog Post

This past week has been a time of remembering in Rwanda. Of remembering a very tragic and horrendous part of their history. It has been a mere 23 years since the genocide that killed so many people and yet, there is a tangible sense of hope. Looking up and onwards, while still taking the time to fully grieve everything and everyone…

It’s the Small Things

There are two types of moto drivers in Rwanda. Those who try and avoid the potholes and bumps in the road and those who don’t. I prefer the former. Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid the bumps because you live on one long, dirt road that is mostly bumps. But you learn to just hold on to your helmet and roll…

The Traveling Learning Curve

Let me tell you: coming back to Rwanda was not as easy as I thought it would be. I figured since I’d been here already the culture shock would be less and the jet-lag would be minimal. I bet some of my well-traveled friends are sitting here shaking their heads because DUH ERICA, traveling across time-zones is always challenging no…

Back At It!

I’m back! Made the long trip here and then slept for 17 hours….jetlag is real, people. But I’m feeling alive and functional after showering and having some African tea. Dare I say it but I think I like African tea more than Starbuck’s lattes? I KNOW! It’s been nice seeing friends I made the last time I was here and…

BIG NEWS!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, today it is official: I am moving to Rwanda to teach special education at Sonrise School! I’ll be teaching a special education class in the Nursery, creating a special ed program and curriculum, as well as teaching an SAT prep class at the Secondary school. This is the most challenging opportunity I’ve ever had,…

Home

I’ve been home for about 18 days now. It’s surreal. I went to Africa for 3 months and now I’m home. I went to college for 5 years and now I’m home. We do things and then we come home. It’s surreal. We don’t always have a place we feel we can call home. Sometimes home is family, friends, or…

2 Days

When I came to Rwanda I wasn’t expecting much. People kept saying this trip would change my life but I didn’t really believe that. I knew I’d fall in love with the kids and maybe make some new contacts, but then I’d go home and move to Richmond with my friends, get a “real job” and people would finally stop…

They Don’t Celebrate Thanksgiving in Rwanda

[Yeah, they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here, but I’m still taking this time to talk about being thankful] Where to even begin. When I look at my life the question quickly changes from “what am I thankful for” to “is there anything I’m not thankful for”? I cannot even begin to express the amount of gratitude I feel towards this life.…

Kigali

Can you believe I’ve been in Rwanda for almost 3 months already?  Sometimes it feels like I’ve never been anywhere else and sometimes I just really miss the Starbucks drive-through. Although, I’d trade Starbucks for the fresh fruits and avocados of Rwanda any day! Smoothies here are the best thing I’ve ever had. ANYWAY. Let me tell you about how…