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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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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Peace Corps Volunteers help Feed the Future

Imagine a world without hunger...

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A man walks down the street 
It’s a street in a strange world
Maybe it’s the Third World
Maybe it’s his first time around.
He doesn’t speak the language
He holds no currency
He is a foreign man
He is surrounded by the sound, the sound
Cattle in the marketplace
Scatterlings and orphanages
He looks around, around
He sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity
He says Amen, 

“You Can Call Me Al” - Paul Simon

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VIDEO: Making RUMPs in Rwanda

In one study of east African girls, over 50% report having missed school because of menstruation. 

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The idea originated during an action-plan session at the 2016 Peace Corps Malaria Expo. 

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Nestled away amidst one of Rwanda’s thousand verdant hills in a remote village, many might assume that around sunset, one rarely sees more than a passing flock of crows, an occasional roadside goat and maybe a few bicycles.  Such is the usual scene of much of rural Rwanda.  But don’t be deceived. 

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