Category Archives: Cierra B.

Goodbye, until we meet again

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Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I will miss you until we meet again. – Unknown Living in Namibia for a month was an extraordinary adventure. It is difficult to say goodbye to all the people we met while we were here, especially the learners. For the past four […]


Wild and free

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If you are looking for a beautiful weekend excursion, Etosha is the place to go. From the accommodations to the wildlife, it was one perfect safari experience for everyone. We were welcomed at Mondjila, our weekend lodging, with warm greetings and freshly squeezed pineapple juice. These little touches were appreciated after our five-hour drive from […]


What do you know about teamwork?

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Unexpectedly, but gladfully, I taught grade 8. When teachers are absent from school, the communication is not always clear when a teacher will be gone. This was the case for grade 8’s life skills teacher. The School for the Visually Impaired does not have the resources to call for a substitute teacher, so while the […]


Five steps for success in Swakopmund

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Do you want a crazy weekend Pointers?! Well, look no further than Swakopmund, Namibia. You will have to opportunity to climb the second tallest dune in the world, partake in a braai, skydive into the desert, quadbike over dunes and ride on the Kalahari Ferrari. Step 1: Dune 7 Be prepared for a 1066 feet […]


It’s Science!

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I had a true middle school experience this past week. Mrs. Schade, the natural science teacher, is currently continuing her schooling. She took two days off to prepare for an examination. This presented an opportunity for me to co-teach with Prof. Patty Caro. Teaching science to grades 5 and 6 was right up my alley. […]


The Series of Unfortunate Events: Pointers with Passports

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PREFACE The arrival to Windhoek was, for all parties, filled with some unavoidable events. Truly, what a surprise it would be for the eight Pointers to make it to Namibia! I am bound to write about these events, but you are welcome to stop now. Tweet about your latest meal, search Google for puppies, or […]


Pieces of the Whole

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Our first week at the School for the Visually Impaired is more than I could have imagined. When you arrive, you fall in love with the kids. Your heart breaks into many pieces that day, and everyday that follows a piece of you is left behind. On that first day, we all received hugs from […]


Follow Your Dreams

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As the summer begins, every Pointer has a different plan. Some will take a summer English course, others will work at day camps, and maybe a few are even planning a weekend excursion to the Dells. May 25 begins my summer plans as I takeoff for Namibia, Africa! When I began my studies at UW-Stevens […]


Dilemmas of packing

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Packing. An exciting process because you are one step closer to leaving for your trip. It is also a frustration: getting everything to fit, struggling to zip the bag close, trying to remember if you packed your deodorant, ripping apart the entire bag to find that pesky necessity, finding the deodorant, sighing in relief, and […]