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News from the field

Hello, this is Shiona Kobayashi who work at PFC as a volunteer. Today, I’d like to talk about my experience especially, how did I get Rwanda and what am I doing there.
How to get to Rwanda? This depends on where you live. In my case, usually I live in Japan. Last year, I began a volunteer study abroad program which took me to Malawi, Ethiopia before I landed to Rwanda on April 9th, 2024. I landed at the Kigali International airport midnight and was taken to my hotel where I spent another night as I wanted to tour the city of Kigali. From Kigali to Musanze, at the HQs of Partners For Conservation, The PFC’s Executive Director came to pick me up, so it was more safe to drive with him.
My first impression of Rwanda is really that it is a beautiful country, clean and safe. I love drinking coffee and going to market. My volunteer experience: I’m interested in education, so I work as a teacher at primary school, once of Partners For Conservation’s partner schools. I chose to teach nursery because I think early childhood education is more a fun. Due to my educational background (not graduated teacher), I spend my time assisting the main teacher. This is a great opportunity for me to communicate with students, create a trustful ambiance and learn from them.

After work, It takes me between 10-15 minutes to walk from the school to the hostel. When I get back from work, I enjoy helping cook the diner. I use weekends and day offs to tour the town of Musanze, its art galleries, colorful markets and many coffee shops. I even saw some western and Asian restaurants although I have not visited them because I’m still enjoy the local cuisine offered at the hostel.

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