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Posts by Craig Vandermeer

Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

Back in 2012, I found myself in rural Uganda, visiting a series of schools in different communities that were coping with a variety of challenges. This was my second stint in Uganda, having previously been in the country researching the arrival of big oil. This time, I was there checking out different communities, specifically visiting…

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Day 10: Driving to Kigali, Rwanda

Today we said goodbye to Uganda and headed into Rwanda! Although Uganda was amazing, it was interesting to see the immediate differences between the two countries as we crossed the border. The first thing I noticed was the cleanliness. Rwanda has extremely strict laws surrounding public aesthetics. For example, here, plastic bags are banned to…

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Day 9: Lake Bunyoni

We are 9 days into the program and it is safe to say that this experience has completely changed my views on what I thought Africa was like. Uganda is beautifully lush and unique in it’s geography. The only thing that does not shock me is how exceptional the wildlife is here. The locals are…

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Days 11 & 12: Kigali, Rwanda

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Day 10: From Uganda to Rwanda

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Day 9: Lake Bunyoni

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Day 11: Africa Meets Ecuador

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Day 9: Quilotoa Crater

Today we woke up to the wonderful views of Banos, had breakfast, and made our way up another 2000 metres to 4000 metres towards our next stop, Quilotoa. On our way, it was easier to see the landscape progressing from the rivers and valleys of Banos to the small farming communities of the high up…

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