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If I were a boy…

AN UPDATE: I now have FORTY students. Can you imagine? The first day, there were 19. The second day, there were 30. And now … there are FORTY. I thought just having nineteen students would be challenging since they are all at different levels in their English, but forty??? Definitely not what I expected –… Read more »


  It’s hard to believe that it’s only been two weeks since I landed in Kigali. I have experienced and learned so much that it feels as if my time here has been much longer. Did I really take my first taxi-moto just 12 days ago? Was it only last week that I ate my… Read more »

Learning From Teaching

I taught my first full class today. EVER. I’ve TA-ed, I’ve subbed, I’ve taught for part of a class period – but TODAY was the first day I’ve ever walked into a classroom with a prepared lesson plan in hand and heard students greet me as “Ms. Teacher.” 🙂 The following 3.5 hours were terrifying,… Read more »

Stop and Stare

I figured I’d include a post about all the non-education related highlights of my stay thus far. So I’ve compiled an eclectic assortment of thoughts, notes, and pictures to give you an idea of what life’s been like outside of the school! Frustrating Transportation: I confess that I only half-believed my contacts when they told… Read more »

First day at the Learning Centre

  Kagame is EVERYWHERE! A view of Kigali My first full day in Kigali: I wake up late, completely jet-lagged and tangled in my mosquito net Run to the “shower” which is really a(n unpredictable) trickle of lukewarm water from a rusty faucet head. No curtain. Seriously consider chopping off all my hair to save… Read more »

MURAHO from Kigali!

First plane to Rome I am FINALLY in Kigali 🙂 🙂 Just getting here has been such an adventure and I met so many wonderful people on the way! Sitting next to me from Washington Dulles to Addis Ababa was the sweetest Ethiopian lady who encouraged me to stay in Ethiopia with her. Most interesting… Read more »

Turn that frown upside down!

After two missed flights/connections, hours on hold waiting for my travel agency to rebook a flight, an overnight stay at Lansdowne Resort in D.C., and an hour waiting for Ethiopian Airlines to relocate my luggage – I am finally sitting at Gate D23, where I am supposed to be, getting ready to board Flight 503 to… Read more »


“Ms. Lydia, David won’t leave me alone and he drew on my paper! Will you tell him to shut up?” “Ms. Lydia, can I use the bathroom?” “Ms. Lydia! Ms. Lydia! Cynnie’s on facebook and she’s texts and webcams all the time. You said I couldn’t do that, why can she?” While I tell David… Read more »