Teacher training was what I was most wary about on this delegation. Despite me being a theatre major I thought I was going to have a hard time with the teacher training because even with what we knew about the teacher training a lot of it had to do with thinking on your feet and that was quite frightening. But honestly it ended up being one of my favorite parts on the trip. Once I got in the mindset to believe that the Rwandan teachers wanted to learn from me (which they did) & I knew what I was talking about (which I did) I went with the flow, had fun, and taught with my fellow teacher trainers Imani and Lucas, which also helped because we worked off of each other and if someone hit a rough spot in the teaching the others would make up for it, so it went smoothly. After undergoing various exercises with the teachers and then watching them put their body and action into their stories it was so refreshing to witness. Not only did they take what we taught them and applied it, but they enjoyed it, and I feel that is so important when it comes to teaching and learning because it makes you want to learn more and tell your story which is the ultimate goal.
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My name is Lisa Shaw and I am a junior theatre major at SUNY Buffalo State College. I love reading, watching movies, and anything that involves music. I’ve always wanted to travel around the world, and Rwanda is a great place to start. Combined with the love of helping people, making them happy, and wanting to travel, I believe that I can really make myself useful on this delegation and bring back what I will learn from Rwanda to my community. Everyone needs to know they have a voice. My village and I are just here to show them a way to use them.