Tag Archives: Namibia

10 Reasons to Travel to Namibia

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Nearly two months have passed since I came home from an adventure of a lifetime and not one day goes by that I am not reminded of the learners at National Institute of Special Education (NISE) in some way or another. The stories of the people in Namibia last forever. From the unique culture and […]


See You Later, Namibia

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Driving away from NISE (National Institute for Special Education) was one of the most challenging events I have experienced in the past 22 years. After spending quality time with the learners at the school and such wonderful people in Namibia not knowing if I would ever see people I had grown to truly care about […]


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 […]


A weekend with wild animals

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Road trips are always fun adventures, but one in Namibia with our wonderful host family and the UW-Stevens Point School of Education team was an absolute blast. From jamming out to our Namibia playlist to listening to Adam tell stories over the audio system, the laughs and memories made on the trek to Etosha were […]


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 […]


The Day of the African Child

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Every June 16 since 1991, the International Day of the African Child has been celebrated to reflect on what children in Africa have been through and to bring a day of joy to their lives. On this day, children are reminded of their rights and responsibilities and given time to give thanks for all they […]


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 […]


Peace Corps Visits

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On June 8-9 the team and I had a wonderful opportunity to share dinner with a few Peace Corps volunteers. These relaxed informative sessions opened our eyes to cultural aspects and information about Namibia we had not yet learned and gave us students a confidant to ask any questions to. The volunteers barely had time […]


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. […]