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Summer 2014 - High School Interns

Summer 2014 - High School Interns
2014 Summer High School Interns:
Orli Lesser, Pauline Fritz, Julia Matteson, Jake Schwartz, Aidan Bodurtha, Kristine Torres, Dario Jakubowicz, Alan Li, Celina Paloma

After a 15 hour flight and six hour car ride, nine high school students from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD arrived at Buyobo, Uganda at the end of June for a two week internship. Their main project - teaching at Buyobo Primary School - was a challenge at first. The children had just begun learning English and none of the interns spoke Ligisu. Students in the same grade were on a wide variety of learning levels. The schoolteachers taught using the rote method, with the children repeating what was written on the board or recited by the teacher. The interns slowly adapted to the different style of teaching in Uganda, and began to really enjoy themselves. Later in the day, a women's literacy class took place at the WMI building. There, the interns taught borrowers and village women one on one. It was a very rewarding experience and a nice start to a week of teaching.

The interns spent Monday through Friday teaching at the primary school in the morning and teaching classes at the WMI building in the afternoon. The Women's Literacy class, which took place every Monday and Wednesday, and the Girls Group, which took place every Tuesday and Thursday, soon became the interns' favorite activities.

The interns also refurbished four outdated classrooms during their time in Uganda. The classrooms had been abandoned due to broken concrete flooring and crumbling walls. The interns mixed and poured concrete to fill holes in the floor and sanded walls and gave them a fresh coat of paint. With the help of the villagers and direction from chaperones, Jim Cannon and Laurie Safran, the interns worked steadily on the renovations. By the end of the second week, the four classrooms were ready to once again serve the children of Buyobo.


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