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…
Read More

My Youtube Channel Is Going Bananas: The Top 3 Videos

Turns out people dig the open, honest interview with a real person. My trip last summer through the Southern U.S. offered no shortage of such people. And whenever I could, I turned on my camera and got to know them: a self-proclaimed redneck, a woman who grew up poor and black in Chattanooga, a woman stung…
Read More

A Tanzanian Asked Me How Americans Feel About Trump. Will You Answer Him?

​”Brandon, may you write something about how people of America perceive the ideas of the newly elected president?”  This is the question I recently received from a former colleague in Tanzania. Kalistus Chonya and I worked together at a school in this East African country in 2014. We’ve stayed in touch ever since. Like a lot of people…
Read More

New Year, New Video: Portraits Of Tanzanian Villagers (And How They Reacted To Photography)

Happy New Year! Two-and-a-half years ago, while working at the school in the village of Magulilwa, Tanzania, a few townspeople warmed to the idea of having their picture taken. A couple of weeks later, I handed them their photographs. Now all of the villagers wanted one. Before I knew it, I became the village photographer,…
Read More

Video: Talking Travel Adventures On 1180 KCKQ Reno, Nevada

Last Monday I was a guest on the “Peel Off Labels” radio program, on air from Reno, Nevada. Host Paul Malikowski interviewed me–I was in St. Paul–about my experiences in China, Tanzania, and the American South. We discussed the origins of these adventures, highlights from them, and the projects I have coming up. Enjoy it below.…
Read More

Ayla Travels The World, Part 7: Visit To A Tanzanian School

First she traveled parts of Europe, then into the Muslim world in Egypt. Next on her journey Ayla continued south into sub-Saharan Africa. She went to Tanzania, where friends of friends introduced her to a school in a small village in the middle of the country. Ayla’s experiences “roughing it” in the village of Magulilwa…
Read More

For Father’s Day: Photos Of Fatherhood Around The World

In May we looked at mothers. Now we look at the other side of the coin, the yang to the yin, the rock to the water. The world seems a series of dichotomous complements, and now on Father’s Day we look at the other half of the greatest pairing of all.  As evident in the photos and from…
Read More

My Birthday At Home Sunday–and Those I’ve Had Abroad

Sunday was my birthday. To Americans, this meant a lit-up face from those who found out and them offering a pat on the back. “Hey! Happy birthday!” they said. Why do we do this? Just ’cause. It’s someone’s birthday, and that’s what we do. But this isn’t what people do everywhere. Travel has offered a…
Read More

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…
Read More

Five Ways Cultures Can Learn From Each Other: A Presentation

*This Saturday I’ll be a panelist at Global China Connection’s Midwest Conference taking place at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Titled “Global Leadership,” the conference’s aim is to “build a platform to get students more involved, early in their college life, in the real world outside college.” It’s an all-day event with speakers from…
Read More