My expectation of Rwanda before landing was all over the place. I didn't know whether to expect dirt roads and mean people or to expect a beautiful country with the kindest people I've e ver met. However, I can assure you that the latter bolted its way to the forefront.
Kigali is such a beautiful city. The roads are clean and the trees are beautiful. The people here are so nice. They are so nice that they apologize if YOU hurt YOURSELF. I kid you not, I stumbled on a street curb and a local man whispered "sorry". I'm so amazed with the amount of care the citizens have for each other and the helping nature and culture that they share. It's such a huge contrast from the fast-paced, dog-eat-dog nature of New York City. Poverty is a huge issue here, but even so, I have not heard one complaint from anyone here. It seems that they are so grateful for life and anything that we as Americans take for granted. I've witnessed that warm and grateful spirit directly from my students.
I've never taught a class before, let alone an acting class. I was so nervous to meet my new students on the first day. I didn't know what to expect from these young people. I introduced myself and I was welcomed with so much warmth. They made me feel like they knew me for so long. As far as my classes were concerned, they have blown me away with their talent. These kids are so far beyond their potential and it really amazes me how easily they understand the concept of theater as I teach them. At times , I just leave the class on autopilot and have them just show me more than what I can show them. I've had so much fun instructing these young people, that I forgot that I'm not even getting paid for it. This week alone has been so fulfilling and I'm looking forward to the next week I share with these students. I'm really getting attached and I know that I will miss them when it is time to go back.