Goodbye and Hello

After 50+ hours of travel time, I’ve arrived in the States!  I left at 10 pm CT on Thursday evening and landed in St. Louis, Missouri, at 1 am Sunday.  It was a long journey but not a bad one. On Wednesday before I left, the office threw a joint goodbye party for myself and…

1,449 Kilometers.  7 Cities.  6 Days.  5 Schools. 

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to conduct fieldwork with a colleague and two consultants.  I learned a great deal from this experience and am extremely grateful that it worked out for me to go.  Originally my TOR stated that I would be leading teacher training sessions for one of the NGO’s projects.  However,…

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String(s Attached)

  “Mr. Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place.  We’re asking you for 67 minutes.” -The Mandela Foundation   The world celebrates Mandela Day on 18 July, Madiba’s birthday, via an unanimous vote by the UN General Assembly in 2009 to declare the day a holiday.  Nelson Mandela was a courageous…

A Lecture

Through work last week I had the opportunity to visit the nearby University of Witswatersrand and attend a linguistics lecture there.  Two researchers from Cape Town travelled to Joburg to share their findings about the use of English in township schools. The apartheid government created townships as a means of segregating the black, coloured, and…

France v. America v. Germany

Last weekend, two of my coworkers and I decided to go on a safari.  We gained permission from our supervisors to take an extended weekend and booked our trip. Our adventure began at O.R. Tambo, the international airport where we were to pick up our rental car.  Bidvest wanted to give us a Toyota Avanza. …

Field Work

About a week ago, I had the opportunity to travel to the field for the first time.  It was an amazing experience and my first time visiting the more rural areas of South Africa.  Until that point I had only been in the Johannesburg office writing reports and working on various projects, so traveling was…

The One with All of the Acronyms

Hello again! [Side note: I wrote this in Word last Wednesday and then our internet promptly went out.  I have had very intermittent access since then, mainly through my phone.  I’ve also been in the field (read: the bush), which I mention below as a possibility of happening.  It actually did happen, and I’ll write…

The Coffee Adventures and a Holiday

Welcome back! So much has happened in the last week.  In fact, when I sat down to write this on Saturday morning, I wasn’t entirely sure where to begin and was in desperate need of coffee before I attempted to put any of my haphazard thoughts into words.  Therefore, I yelled to my flatmate from…