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Summer 2012 - High School Interns

Summer 2012 - High School Interns ArriveEleven students - plus teacher-chaperone Bob Mathis and his wife Tali - from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD arrived at 2 AM on Sunday, June 17, at Entebbe airport only to find all their bags had been lost! After a brief rest stop at a guest house, they started out on the 7 hour drive to rural Buyobo, arriving at dusk in the village, where they were welcomed by Olive Wolimbwa and the Buyobo Women's Association. The interns were good sports about their lack of luggage, donning WMI t-shirts that BWA supplies for each color group of borrowers. Happily, the bags arrived after a couple days, so the students had fresh clothes for their first day at Buyobo Primary School, where they've been hard at work teaching - imagine classes of forty to sixty students in a room with three to four students to a desk.

The Ugandan students have been extremely responsive - among the topics our interns have been covering are geometry, fractions, English, grammar, and body parts. The interns for their part have loved discovering the tradition where Ugandan students come up to them and curtsy before answering questions! In addition to teaching, the high school interns are working with students to start a school garden, refurbish and paint old classrooms, and create a space on school grounds for teachers to grow food. They have also been hard at work in the internet café tutoring borrowers on computer basics.

Summer 2012 - High School Interns BuildingBuyobo Primary School continues to benefit from the tea & bun s program WMI interns launched in 2010, which provides a cup of hot tea and a bun to teachers each morning before school, and the library books generously donated by WMI supporters. In a recent report from Ambrose Masolo, the acting head teacher at Buyobo Primary, the teachers praised the high school interns for the local students' improvement and for changing the academic culture at the school. Interns raised funds to install solar power which has catalyzed parents and teachers to tutor students in the evening to help improve their results on the important leaving exams, which determine the high schools they can attend.


To learn more about the 2012 High School interns, read their posts on the WMI Blog:

A Message From Mr. Mathis - June 20th, 2012 A Message From Mr. Mathis - June 20th, 2012
We have arrived safe and sound in Buyobo! Hard to believe but I am here listening to the kids play a roaring game of cards while I sit on the porch watching people of the village walk by carrying large amounts of produce on their heads...
A Busy Week In Buyobo - June 21st, 2012 A Busy Week In Buyobo - June 21st, 2012
Last week we welcomed Resource Fellow Hannah Kahl. Hannah has been working in Atiak in northern Uganda for the past 6 months, organizing the opening of a new loan hub. She will spend another 8 months with WMI...
Whitman Interns Hard at Work - June 22nd, 2012 Whitman Interns Hard at Work - June 22nd, 2012
It has been a busy and productive first week for the Whitman interns in Buyobo. Yesterday after teaching at Buyobo Primary, a few of the interns Nikki, Maggie, Julia and Tara helped with leading the Grassroots Soccer program...
Field Day! - June 23rd, 2012 Field Day! - June 23rd, 2012
Yesterday was field day at Buyobo Primary School! The Whitman interns led the children in many exciting activities. Highlights included bottle-balancing races, shirt buttoning races, sack racing and hand stand walking races...
Sipi Falls Adventure - June 27th, 2012 Sipi Falls Adventure - June 27th, 2012
On Saturday the Whitman interns took a trip to Sipi Falls, a beautiful area boasting 3 waterfalls and natural pools. They hiked to the different falls and on the way learned about the local life and coffee plantations grown around the falls...
Highlights - June 28th, 2012 Highlights - June 28th, 2012
Maggie Sullivan: I'd have to say that my favorite part of the trip was the school-wide field day. As captain of team Mufumbiro, I cheered my team on to victory and led the group in chants...

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