Oi Gente

When the plane finally landed in Rio de Janeiro, I couldn’t help but wonder what kinds of memories I would be leaving with in 5 months. It has only been a week since I’ve been here and it has been everything I expected and more. The first day included unpacking and settling into my new…

A Much Delayed Wrap-Up Blog

This morning I was closing tabs on my computer and discovered that I never posted my wrap-up blog! Whoops! Here it is, over a month after I got back from Botswana. Enjoy! Well, the semester is over, and I am finally back in the U.S. starting off my internship for the summer. It has only…

Daily Life: Laundry

We’re rapidly approaching the end of the semester. I leave in FOUR days!!! I went to church for the last time here this morning, and one of the elders asked me if I would read the passage next Sunday and I had to tell her “Oh, I won’t be in Botswana next Sunday” which is…

Independent Study: An Artistic Reflection

Written by Jade Riley For my Independent Study Project, I chose to do an elaborated artistic reflection on a story I started writing three years ago, A Dilemma Born of Blood and Fire. My reason for doing so was primarily to give myself a reason to make sure I stayed up on some kind of…

Chicago Perspectives

Throughout our time in Chicago, each student in the program has had their own unique experience from what they have seen, to who they talked to, and what they have done. Below are a few images provided by Kyana Bell, a student from Colorado College. As an independent study, Kyana created a profile on Back…

CPS Teacher in Little Village

Throughout this semester, I have had the honor to engage with many phenomenal individuals that care deeply about the communities that they serve. One person in particular, as they would like to remain anonymous, has decided to share their insight with us about their journey within the Chicago Public School (CPS) system, serving 5th graders…

Youth Incarceration in the U.S.

This semester, I had the opportunity to volunteer with and learn about an organization that allows youth that are incarcerated the exposure and platform to study performing, visual, and literary arts. Free Write students are given the platform to become the “narrators of their own stories and authors of their own futures.” Throughout the semester,…

CPD: Bridging the Divide

In early April, the ACM Chicago Students had the opportunity to visit the Chicago Police Department (CPD) Headquarters. We met various members of the Bridging the Divide program. From what we’ve gathered, Bridging the divide is a platform created amongst police officers and the community’s youth. According to the YMCA Metro of Chicago, “program was…

My Last $100

ACM asked the communications assistants to keep track of how we spent $100, or about 1000 Pula for me here in Bots. I decided I was going to be super on top of it and made an excel sheet to keep track of all my expenses for a little while, but of course I don’t…

A Picky Eater in Botswana (Daily Life: Food)

This blog gets this title because it is the exact phrase I Googled approximately 30 million times in the months leading up to my departure for Botswana. It was my biggest worry going into the semester, and I figured now was the time to write a blog about food. This one goes out to all…

Joburg, Cape Town, Rhinos, Meeting Dignitaries, and More!

I’ve missed writing about a lot of things going on here, so here are some headlines of exciting things that have been happening. Here goes! We went to Joburg! Almost a month ago now (has it been that long?) we went to Johannesburg for the weekend with the whole ACM group. We went to the…