If you’ve made it to this page, you probably already know the lowdown on the situation. I’ll be off on–for lack of a better, less cliché term–the trip of the lifetime from September 4th-December 18th, spending three and a half months in Uganda and Rwanda with the School for International Training.
The program is based out of Gulu, a town in northern Uganda, which was severely effected by the recent years of violence perpetrated both by the guerrilla group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army, as well as by the Ugandan government. We will also be spending time in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, and in Kigali, Rwanda, with a few excursions scattered in between.
As for my formal educational courses (that’s what ‘study’ abroad means, I guess) they are as follows:
- Post-Conflict Transformation Study Seminar
- Acholi Intensive Language Study
- Field Study Seminar
- Independent Study Program (last month only)
I’m excited to finally be able to integrate what I have been learning these past 2 years at Tufts, as well as what I will be learning in the SIT classrooms, with real, interpersonal experiences. I’m trying to go into it knowing that all my expectations will be challenged, but that’s a rather difficult frame of mind to truly comes to terms with.
I’m not sure how reliable/consistent my means of communication will be, but certainly feel free to contact me either by leaving comments here, or on facebook, or through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will try my best to write back.
So, if you’re reading this, I probably know you, and will be thinking about you at some point during my three and a half months abroad…and if you’re reading this and I don’t know you, I hope you enjoy anyways–sorry I won’t be thinking about you too, but that would be creepy.