Sorry for the lack of updates!
We went on a monkey trek and it was the first time that I ever went hiking in a rain forest. It was a surreal moment to just listen to the nature, it was actually very calming. I was scared of the bugs but to my surprise, I didn’t see many. The monkeys that we were looking for were the Collobus Monkey. They look like a judge. It was incredible to see monkeys in their natural habitat and not in a cage at a zoo.
We had the wonderful pleasure to immerse ourselves into a rural village in Buffalo's sister city, Muhanga. We went to the village for a morning of family chores, a simple, home-cooked lunch, and an afternoon of learning how to craft. We carried water jugs to the spring and back up to the hill, helped out in the garden, peeled sweet potatoes for our lunch and pictured to the left, we cut grass and carried it to the cows. This experience made me open my eyes to appreciate the things I have at home. These Rwandans are incredible human beings.
Liz and I had the distinct pleasure of educating these wonderful teachers. For two days we taught these educators drama based education. We taught them games they can play with their students to get them moving and engergized. The subject assigned to Liz and I was Math. One of the educators taught the whole group a math lesson on the order of operations. Let me tell you, these folks are super smart, he had me engaged more than any of the teachers I had growing up. From there helped them create a story using their body and vocals about the math lesson. Liz and I also got to go to one of the teachers classroom they day after training finished. I felt so proud to see all of our hard work put into action. I have learned so much from this portion of our trip. I will definitely be stealing some things I saw into my classroom.
This is the classroom we got to visit after our teacher training days.
Sean Murphy is a Childhood Education Major with a concentration in Social Studies at Buffalo State College. He is very active in the Buffalo theatre community and has performed with many local theatre companies. Sean studied musical theatre in NYC and has worked at Walt Disney World as a Character/Parade performer. He is beyond excited for this extraordinary trip to Rwanda.