My last $100

In Botswana, one would notice that some of the prices can be cheap, but if not carefully paying attention to what you are spending, you’ll catch yourself in a phone call home for extra cash. For me, I came to Botswana on a fixed income so I realized this early on. When you go out…

Cruizing… Two months in Gabs!? Already?

Can it be? It feels as if only three weeks have passed; these two months have flown by! Three ACM trips, four tests, five haircuts, and the many many friends I’ve made has accelerated my time here in Botswana! It was a cloudy start for me because I am taking two subjects that I am not…

Blended, Black, and Proud!

Have you ever wondered how it would feel to wear an invisible cloak? Well, as an African American in Botswana, it’s just as if I am wearing one. Because I am black, I look like a local and it isn’t straightforward that I’m not Motswana. I, as well as other African American students, don’t stand…

Staying Connected

Thinking about traveling to study at the University of Botswana anytime soon? Learn about some of the ways you can stay connected!

Lifestyles at the University of Botswana: My first two weeks

It’s been about a week since I landed in Gaborone (HA-BO-RONE.) Upon arrival the air was fresh; it reminded me of a nice spring day in Tennessee. Since I’ve been here, the weather has been perfect for me. It’s been cloudy in the mornings, hotter in the afternoons while I’m busy in class, and rainy…

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…

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…

Guest Blog! Making the Most out of Bots

Hey everyone!! Had enough of my same old blogging voice? Well we’ve got a great guest blog from Zach Thal, fellow Grinnellian and ACM Botswana student. Check it out! Dear Dedicated ACM Followers, Salutations from Gaborone. As some of you may have noticed, I am not Hannah Lundberg. I am a different Grinnellian who so happens…

Community Engagement (Or “Hannah is Woefully Underqualified”)

As part of my semester, I have to undertake an independent study research project paired with a community engagement volunteer opportunity. Because of my interest in religious life and pastoral work, I am working at the Holy Cross Hospice in Gaborone, a palliative care facility run through the Anglican church, shadowing and aiding their volunteer…