Coleen C. – Trip Volunteer (2010 and 2011)

2011_treeIn August 2010, I had the opportunity to travel to Niger as a Remember Niger volunteer. As a teacher, I was intrigued by the idea of helping teachers on the other side of the world. I have taught French for 19 years, but this would be the first time I used my French to do something so meaningful in a volunteer setting. It would also be my first trip to Africa.  Every day in Niger was full of discovery. I loved the beauty of the countryside, the plants and animals, but I especially appreciated the warmth and friendliness of the people we met. It was moving and humbling to work with people who have so little, yet do so much. As a French high school teacher, I was delighted to translate documents and interpret speeches, lessons, and conversations for the participants of the work team. I felt like I found the “sweet spot” where all my teaching abilities and language abilities came together. I look forward to going to Niger again and doing even more to help improve the educational opportunities for children in Niger.