During my two-year stay in a rural village in western Kenya, I felt as if I were “glowing in the dark”. I stood out like a sore thumb among the villagers, many of whom had never seen a white person. Though I would never fit in to the village in the way I hoped, I would take with me lessons that would shape my life. These lessons would solidify my dream of becoming a teacher and educating children about the many cultures that make up our world. This autobiographical work covers two years and three months in my life as a Peace Corps Volunteer. These three narratives are about lessons taught and learned in my classroom and in the village of Malimili, Kenya. Each narrative is followed by a lesson plan and an annotated bibliography of other works that contributed to this compilation. Each narrative tells a separate story. Each story is made up of the pure wisdom and courage of children.
Leslie Rutberg earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from Northern Arizona University and her Masters in Teaching from Colorado College. She served with the United States Peace Corps in Kenya, E. Africa from 1997-1999. Leslie lives in Colorado with her husband Jim and her two sons, Oliver and Elliot.