Announcement: My ND-MN Book/Speaking Tour Starts This Friday

This Friday, March 27, I’ll be in Fargo. The following day, I’ll be in Grand Forks. And after that, I have four stops around Minnesota: Bemidji, Duluth, Brainerd, and Cottage Grove. Details of the stops are below.

First, a little about these events…


I spent most of 2014 volunteering at a village school in Tanzania, East Africa.

I stayed in a small room at the school. No plumbing. No regular electricity. I lived as the other teachers and students did. And I taught computers for eight months.

LLA tour pic

This was just the start of my experiences.

I would have the chance to leave the village and travel the corners of Tanzania, as well as to other countries in the region.

LLA tour pic2

And I explored and documented the ways of life I saw each step of the way.


EA election


EA religion

Law and Justice:

EA jail4


EA romance 3

Health care:

EA hospital

Each of these areas is an opportunity to compare & contrast their ways to ours–and in the process, learn about them, us, and humanity. This is what my book/speaking tour is all about.

For the last year, I’ve been writing about these experiences right here on this blog, which is featured on newspaper websites across North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Now I’m going to share in person that which I’ve been offering on my blog.

These events are a picture/video presentation of the highlights, stories, and the lessons from my time in Africa.

In addition, I’ll share my newly-released book (and multimedia eBook) Life Learned Abroad, a similar documentation and exploration from my previous travel: a year in China.

Books in my room ready for next week's tour
Books in my room ready for this upcoming tour

For this tour, I’ve teamed up with media company Forum Communications–parent company to the newspapers that feature my writing and whose cities are the locations for the events. Starting Friday, I will be sharing Africa and China at these locations and times:

FARGO – Friday, March 27 at 7pm
West Acres Mall Community Room, Lower Level, 3902 13th Ave S

GRAND FORKS – Saturday, March 28 at 2pm
The Ember Coffee Shop, 8 N 3rd St

BEMIDJI – Sunday, March 29 at 2pm
Bemidji Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave SE

DULUTH – Tuesday, March 31 at 7pm
Spirit of The North Theater, 600 E. Superior St.

BRAINERD – Thursday, April 2 at 7pm
Northland Arboretum, 1450 Conservation Drive

COTTAGE GROVE – Saturday, April 4 at 2pm
Park Grove Library, 7900 Hemingway Ave S


These will be entertaining, educational, and intriguing looks at distance parts of the world. Students, travelers, and all curious-minded people will enjoy these presentations.

If you’re on Facebook, please RSVP here. Also, follow along the tour as I update over the eight days under the hashtag #LifeLearnedAbroad on Twitter (@brandonferdig) and Facebook (


I hope to see you as I hit the road and arrive to a city near you.


What say you?