DEBATE MATE RWANDA 2019 – WEEK 2

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On Friday it was Umuganura Festival, also known as National Harvest Day or Thanksgiving Day, and we were lucky enough to be invited to the local village celebration. The traditional festival is on… Continue reading

Nepal – Debate Mate International Programme 2019

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Nepal – Week 1 On a dusty, potholed road, with personalised brightly painted trucks nearly scraping the sides of our bus as we fought to share the narrow and notorious Prithvi Highway that… Continue reading

Debate Mate Rwanda 2019 – Week 1

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Having arrived in the land of a thousand hills, we soon realised how much cultural, natural and historical attractions the country had to offer. On the first Saturday, we were lucky enough to… Continue reading

Debate Mate Rwanda Week Two

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Week 2 – Gisenyi! Feeling energised after a successful week at the University of Rwanda, we set off by coach to Gisenyi: a town in the West of Rwanda. Time passed quickly as… Continue reading

Nepal Week 2: Challenges and Solutions

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Week 2 of the Debate Mate Nepal programme was spent in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara, about seven hours west of Kathmandu. The journey was a bumpy one, but the same could… Continue reading

Debate Mate Rwanda Week One

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Debate Mate Rwanda has returned. Another summer in the land of a thousand hills begins, and we start with university students. First stop, the College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda. To… Continue reading

Nepal Week 1: Roses and Thorns

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An amazing first week in Kathmandu! After seeing the enthusiasm and dedication of the students in an assembly of morning aerobics and singing, we knew we were off to a good start. The… Continue reading

Nepal Competition Day!

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The morning of the highly anticipated Competition Day had finally arrived and spirits were high. My fellow Kathmandu mentors and I enjoyed getting snazzed up; I’d been waiting for an opportunity to put… Continue reading

Nepal – Teaching in Pokhara

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Pokhara Upon our arrival at the school in Pokhara we were greeted by the headmaster, who let us know that we would have five classes that day. For those of us who had… Continue reading

Nepal Week Two!

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Bhaktapur The second week in Bhaktapur saw the mentors face some of the toughest, funniest and rewarding moments of the whole trip.   Having taught for a week we were beginning to get… Continue reading