Author Archives: khusmann

End of a Chapter

(Three months ago, in the notification I sent with my last blog post over email and Facebook, I explained that I was heading back to the States the next day. My grandfather had recently passed away, and I had decided … Continue reading

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Marshall Honey Harvest

Way back in February 2014, when I was still a Peace Corps Volunteer, I was lucky enough to be selected to go to a Peace Corps beekeeping training in the Gambia. (Check out my blog post on my experience here!) When … Continue reading

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Big Hearts and Big Heads

A friend of mine recently used an expression in Liberian English that I believe gives a profound insight into Liberian culture. The expression was “He/she has a big heart”. In Western culture, having a “big heart” is seen as a … Continue reading

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An Hour of Code

Earlier this month I was approached by my friend Hattie Okundaye of Silvanus International to facilitate a two-day computer programming workshop for a group of students in Monrovia. Hattie has been in Liberia for the past 15 years, teaching, training teachers, … Continue reading

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Peace Corps Literacy Workshop

In the last week of January, I went to a week-long literacy workshop hosted by the Peace Corps. There seems to be a movement within the Peace Corps’ administration that is working to recognize the challenges of teaching in populations … Continue reading

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Computer Lab Attempt #1

This last month has been absolutely jam-packed for me. I’ve been running all around Kakata with my friends at TED Liberia trying set up a computer lab program at the local public school. Unfortunately it didn’t work out in the … Continue reading

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Tree of Life

“Have you ever gone to sleep hungry, not knowing if you would find any food the next day?” It’s a powerful question. If you’ve never lived in poverty, this sort of hunger is an alien experience. It causes an anxiety that not only eats … Continue reading

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