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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BHM 2019

I recently finished reading former First Lady Michelle Obama’s stellar memoir, Becoming. In it she expressed her feelings about being an African-American in Africa when she visited Kenya with President Obama. Mrs. Obama writes: 

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A pixelated image of Elaine's hand ringing the bell

In C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, in the Voyages of the Dawn Treader, to be precise, Aslan the Great Lion declares: “You have returned for a reason.  Your adventure begins now.” 

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Peace Corps Volunteer Alex Wang, a Maternal and Child Health Volunteer in Southern Rwanda, and his health center are in the process of building 25 latrines using a Peace Corps grant for at risk families. We sat down with him to find out more about the project.

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A bean field and landscape with housing near the back of the image

Our cohort, Education 9, landed in Kigali just over a year ago.

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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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