Finishing Up

Time here in Addis has flown by and I’m coming up on my last week! My life in Ethiopia has proven a rewarding, and at times, a taxing experience. Perhaps I’ll write a personal reflection in a separate post, though I’ll be using this one to briefly share what I’ve been up to the last few weeks. Week 6 This work turned out to be … Continue reading Finishing Up

A Coursing River Through the Story of a Continent – Welcome to the ECA

Greetings in Ethiopia are one of a kind. Two parties meet, shake hands, and bump right shoulders before letting go. The bump can be a soft knock- pleasant and polite, or to really establish a connection, you may choose to aggressively crash shoulders and forge a real union. I’ve never encountered a more cogent and overall very cool style of greeting anywhere else, and this … Continue reading A Coursing River Through the Story of a Continent – Welcome to the ECA

Week 1 in Ethiopia: Speed School, Field Visits, & Food Poisoning

I’m Matt and I’m spending this summer based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I’m interning with Geneva Global, a philanthropic firm that supervises an accelerated learning program for out-of-school children, called Speed Schools, being implemented with local partners in Ethiopia. Since launched in 2011, over 100,000 students have graduated from the program, gaining foundational skills necessary to enroll in Ethiopia’s public school system. My international experience … Continue reading Week 1 in Ethiopia: Speed School, Field Visits, & Food Poisoning