Fund Drive For Tanzania School — Culminating On The 50th Floor

Remember 2014?  That was the year Russia annexed Crimea, the year of the Ebola outbreak, the year Germany won the World Cup, and the year I spent at the small village school in central Tanzania. Three years after I brought computers to Magulilwa, the secondary school continues to thrive as an educational beacon in this…
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A Norwegian In Tanzania: Ayla Visits A Secondary School

From February 20-28, Ayla–by way of mutual acquaintances (and Minnesota’s connections to Scandinavia)–visited the school in Tanzania where I volunteered in 2014. Our organization Change it Forward-Tanzania as well as the leaders at Magulilwa Area Secondary School made arrangements for Ayla’s arrival. The adventurous 20-year-old from Norway came to Magulilwa as part of her global trip…
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Arriving In Port-au-Prince (from A Croatian Woman Visiting Haiti)

We continue our series of travel stories sent in from friends and readers of The Periphery. We’re seeing the world through many people’s eyes and giving anyone the chance to share their adventure! This week’s story was sent in from fellow writer Visnja Murgic. Visnja is a Croatian woman living in Canada, who now shares with…
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Holidays In China Part 1: Our School Halloween Celebration

This is first of four posts about how I spent the holidays when living in China 2010-2011. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years: each offered a blend of America and China. This first post was written five years ago, November 2010, after the school where I worked put on an extravagant Halloween celebration involving students–and us teachers…
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Teaching English In Cambodia

My second day in Battambang, I decided to rent a small motorcycle. There is no better way to cruise a foreign city in the tropics–faster than walking or biking and more exposed than riding around in a car. You take in the city buildings, the market, the sellers and shoppers, the commuters on their bicycles,…
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Visiting Our Sister School In The Hills Of Thailand

  On the morning of May 7, we awoke in our half-star hotel in Thoeng to fulfill the core purpose for our school’s travel to Thailand: meeting our sister school in the rural north. As we had done the day before, we loaded up the vans, left town, and rode the windy, up-n-down road to-and-through the hilly countryside.…
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My Last Day In Africa

Eight days. Six cities around North Dakota and Minnesota. Six awesome audiences with which to present about Africa and China, discuss about the ways of life there and here, and all of it to grow in our understanding. Thanks again–all who came out and all who offered support–for making my recent book/speaking tour such a…
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Visit To An African Slum

An African slum. What comes to mind? I was given the chance to visit one of these extreme environments. And for the next two weeks I’ll show you photos and video of the conditions, the lives, and the institutions of a slum in Kampala, Uganda. *** Earlier this day, my guide at the Gaddhafi Mosque had…
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Urban Africa 2: The City Jail

Oh we went to town last week. Taking the bus from my village, we first entered the outskirts of Ipigolo… …and then climbed to the hilltop city,  Iringa. Also wheel-like, Iringa has spokes in all directions. And today I show you some other interesting areas of this near-to-me, mid-sized African city including a residential neighborhood,…
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A Special Thank You To Donors: The Opening Of Our Tanzania School Computer Lab

I came to Magulilwa Area Secondary School (MASS) with a lot more than my luggage. I brought along twelve laptops to contribute to the school’s new computer lab. The summer before, I had teamed up with Change it Forward Tanzania, a non-profit based in Minneapolis, to raise money for the lab and laptops. Here is…
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