Rwanda

Stories from Rwanda

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Rwanda.

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“Support each other as girls – it’s really helpful.”

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Growing myself in Peace Corps Response

For many years I knew that the Peace Corps would be a wonderful experience for me. 

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Image taken from the rear of the room with participants seated and Speak Up banner in front of the room

With passion and pathos, purpose and pizzazz, many a dream abounded upon a simple stage recently in Rwanda’s Southern Province.

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The chalkboard in front of Lia's classroom

Click here to download the mp3 audio file of Home Sweet Staff Room, by Lia Russell.


School’s been in session for almost a month, and the first of our three terms will end in just a few weeks. I haven’t accomplished much as a teacher in this short time, but I’ve been experiencing what I longed for and optimistically predicted early on, when the walk to school still wracked my nerves: a gradual getting used to and an increasing sense of ease.

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Marie Fitzsimmons and Kirk Peters with Frank and Anitha- school leaders

Muraho.” “You are there.” It is the greeting of Rwanda. And as it is said in Lesotho, “Ka mosa.” “Even after.”

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PCV Caroline and her counterpart stand facing the women's group during their presentation.

Many, if not all, of us have had the unfortunate experience of being dehydrated at some point in our lives. Whether the experience was when you were a child playing sports with your friends, or a self-negligent working adult who has had only coffee by the end of their workday - we have all been there.

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Baby sitting on scale looking up

On one of my first days at site, my Health Center Director (titulaire in French) exclaimed, “There is no excuse for malnutrition here!”

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A rural Rwanda house in the foreground and a volcano in the background

Rwanda’s perception and curiosity of the Spanish language and Latino culture made me more confident and in love with my own cultural upbringing and heritage.

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