Home Again

By Overseas Educators Rachel & Peter Sitting on a wooden porch on a rainy afternoon in Nairobi, sipping some soups, we can’t help but notice something: it’s so quiet! Nobody around is playing cards, listening to music, or slurping passion fruit juice. The only other beings around now are just a fluffy golden retriever, an old white lab that seems to be blind, and a needy little cat. We invited… Read More

Stonetown or Bust!

By Kayleigh Lillethun NKULA FANS!! We’ve made it to Zanzibar! We’ve been here for about two weeks now and I think that we still love it just as much as we did when we first arrived. We started our Zanzibari adventure with our cultural immersion/homestay in Stonetown! Stonetown is full of tourists from all over the world (including us). It has a very different vibe than anywhere else that we… Read More

Lions, Mambas, and Illness, Oh My!

By Mary Dudley Berry Hello to all of our fans out there! As our time at Ohana Amani came to an end, the group experienced a few changes in our dynamic. We sadly said goodbye to one of our members, and happily welcomed a new temporary member. Jenny, the Executive Director of Carpe Diem, joined our group to experience the day-to-day adventures and challenges of a group semester. It seems… Read More

Peace Between Those Who Breathe Together

By Morgan Kromer Peace between those who breathe together, Ohana Amani, Peace within, Peace throughout. We helped to make a class in trees, Chainsaws rolling, Branches falling, Learninng center, Welcome space. Others helped out in the garden, Pulling weeds, Turning compost, Raspberries snacked, Orchards tended. Afternoons were filled with growth, Quiet moments, Laughter present, Some reflection, Our stories. Our day of silence was a struggle, Not for most, But for… Read More

Success Starts From Within

By Kiara D. Chavez, Tosca, Mary Dudley, and Maytal Hola mis quieridos amigos, Last week we finished staying at the Munfindi Children’s Home. It was amazing to experience bonding with the children and learning about the large presence of HIV/AIDS in the region. Tosca, Rachel and I even got the opportunity to play soccer in the rain with the older boys, best believe we were soaked by the end. While… Read More

Practicing Positive Thinking

By Rebecca Klane Halfway through. Never before have I had such a mix of awe that it has already been six weeks and frustration that we will not experience the comforts of home for another six. Time has passed quickly but it still seems like there is such a long way to go. Though not logical, this juxtaposition between positive and negative mindsets matches up well with the mixture of… Read More

Host Family Livin’

Kayleigh and Kiara relaxing on the top of a waterfall after a long hike near our Swahili School. Group photo with our teacher from Swahili school. Prepping to make pizza for our host families in Morogoro. The proud chefs. Kiara, Elle, and Tosca with their host parents. Maytal and Kayleigh with their host dad. Always waiting for a bus! (Mafinga, Tanzania) Mary Dudley learning the art of whacking beans with Read More

Habari gani ndugu?

By Maytal Agasi Habari gani ndugu? Tunajifunza Kiswahili Morogoro. Tunasema Kiswahili kidogo. Hali ya hewa ni joto na mvua. Tunafurahia kunywa chai ya moto. Tumekula mikate mingi. Miti na maua ni mizuri. How are you friend? We are learning swahili in Morogoro. We only speak a little Swahili. The weather is hot and rainy . We like to drink hot tea at tea time. We eat a lot of bread.… Read More

Hiking & Volunteering in Southern Rwanda: A Photo Story

Meeting with the director of WeAct, an organization that provides health services and entrepreneurship opportunities for women infected with HIV/AIDS in Kigali, Rwanda. Meeting with the ladies of the sewing cooperative in Kigali. Freshly picked coffee beans at the Huye Mountain Coffee Farm. Tosca learns how to roast coffee beans the old fashioned way in Huye, Southern Rwanda. Morgan enjoying the view after a hike at the Huye Mountain Coffee Read More

New Week, New Country

By Tosca van Oostrum and Maytal Agasi Last week we were in Rwanda and experienced a lot of emotions that we wanted to share with you. Apprehensive for crossing our very first land border. Thankful for better infrastructure in Rwanda. Frustrated with the language barrier. Clean due to the supposedly “free” laundry service. Intune with the nature that surrounds us (even the bugs). Shocked by the personal stories of the… Read More

Trekking Lake Bunyonyi

By Jason Tyler Hey! Hoping this finds everyone back home doing well! We’ve had an eventful past few days at SNEC and Lake Bunyonyi. We arrived at SNEC, a school for special needs students in Uganda, on March first. While there we volunteered in the classrooms doing activities with the students and helped rebuild a veranda around a classroom building. It was a lot of hard work but our group… Read More

Volunteering at SNEC: A Photo Story

Dressed up to visit the Gaddafi Mosque in Kampala. Buying produce in the fruit market in Kabale. Exploring the hills near the Special Needs Education Center outside of Kabale. Goofing around outside of SNEC. Kiara contemplating the hills of southern Uganda. Saying goodbye on our last morning at SNEC. The veranda that we helped build at SNEC. It’s not done yet, but our local carpenter friend Silas is finishing the Read More

A Warm Introduction

By Ellie and Maytal Hi family and friends! Nkula 2018 wanted to start by introducing ourselves so that you have a better idea of who you will be reading about over the next three months! Tosca – Known by the Ugandans as Jesca Vancostrum, the professional bird spotter and rhino ranger, represents Europe. She’s passionate about discovering new animals, especially black mambas and cobras. Kayleigh – A true Portlandian, Kayleigh… Read More

Nkula Arrival to Entebbe

Greetings, Families and Friends of the Spring 2018 Nkula group: The Nkula group had a night in Dubai, had a successful rendezvous with Tosca, and are now safe and sound in Entebbe, Uganda. They will now start Orientation, getting to know each other, setting intentions, and learning about safe and mindful travel. Nkula: everyone at home wishes you the very best! We hope that your journey is amazing and full of… Read More

Team Nkula Together in San Francisco

Greetings, Family and Friends of the Carpe Diem Spring 2018 Nkula group: We are happy to inform you that the Nkula group (minus Tosca, who will meet the group in Dubai….we can't wait, Tosca!) is united and already beginning to get to know one another at the San Franciscio airport.  They have quite a journey ahead of them, with a 15 hour flight, an overnight in Dubai, and a morning… Read More