May 31st, 2023
Qwlu Masha Allah
The purpose of traveling to Rwanda is my desire to learn and experience Rwanda from five of my senses, including culture, norms, the environment, and most importantly, to deeply understand Rwandan genocide survivors and their experiences and how they coped with them. I was deeply affected by my parents' experience of the genocide and felt devastated to witness and hear how dozens of people faced hardship alongside them, and millions lost their lives. I wanted to gain a greater understanding of the Rwandan genocide through this trip. Additionally, I'm looking forward to teaching, demonstrating and leading Rwandan teachers about Story Based Learning. As we learn to embrace our similarities and differences, we begin to celebrate both. By traveling to Rwanda, we will have the opportunity to learn about humanity and become enlightened and more understanding of other cultures and ways of life. As a result, we will be more open to different points of view and ways of life. Throughout life, we are given opportunities to learn a variety of perspectives and ideas that can be applied to our own context, and with that, I refer to Rwanda. As a result, I'm looking forward to gaining humility, clarity, and perspective.