What is it like to be an Expert Mentor in Rwanda?

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This interview was originally held in Swedish. Please find the original version here

What is it like to volunteer for Fojo in Rwanda?
I think it’s great. There’s something about the atmosphere that strikes a special chord with me. My DNA almost seems to say, you’re “at home”, every time I come here.

For 3 weeks you will teach at Fojo’s Rwanda Media Programme. What are you teaching?
For the first two weeks I teach how to make a podcast to journalism students from 4 different Rwandan universities. Then a similar course for a group of professional journalists.

At the moment, the students are working on merging the first days’ lectures and exercises into the big task; creating a ten-minute pilot for a podcast that will last for at least five more episodes. The students have been divided into groups and each group has been tasked with forming an editorial team and discussing a podcast idea. They then pitch the ideas to the class before it’s time to record a 10-minute pilot. The topics they’ve chosen range from being a new student to sex and relationships to racism in football. Or, in short, life.

This week we’re staying in a boarding house in Rwamagana, 20 students, the local coordinator Assoumani and me. It’s great to live like this. It’s quite familiar and everyone is there from morning to night. Not much else to disturb. And when we live together we can keep time and do everything we need to do. Not least because breakfast, lunch and supper are served at set times that are not unnecessarily interrupted. Speaking of which, it’s almost time for coffee. Coffee, sugar cake and chicken. Not as bad as it sounds!


Read more on the Program and what it means to be a volunteer here.