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First Weekend in Peru!

As many of you know, I have relocated from the Washington, DC area to Lima, Peru. Here I will be pursuing my minor in Spanish. I thought that the best way for me to really understand Spanish culture and language was to move to a Latin American country. Let me start by saying, I have only been here for a little bit over two weeks, and it has been nothing short of a culture shock! I truly like living here in Lima, and experiencing a new culture, but getting around and everyday life is a challenge. Even though everyday life is a challenge, that is the beauty of moving to a foreign country.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to take a trip to Ica and Huacachina. This was a much-needed trip. I have to admit that it was amazing to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For those of you who don’t know Ica and Huacachina is the desert of Peru. There is literally sand everywhere. When I say everywhere, I mean everywhere. For hours after the trip, I was still finding sand all over my body. Despite all the sand, the desert is extremely fun. It’s filled with activities like sand-boarding, buggy rides, etc. On top of all the activities, the people that live in the desert are extremely nice and have no problem talking and getting to know you. For anyone who is visiting Peru, I highly recommend that you go to Ica and Huacachina.

While I was visiting the desert, I tried Ceviche. Ceviche is a seafood dish that is widely eaten all around Peru. It was one of the best foods I have ever tried. There are different spice levels that you can eat when you order it. The spice levels range from not spicy, all the way up to extremely spicy. If you’re like me then you like things extremely mild.

Overall I haven’t been blogging that much when it comes to my new adventures in Peru. I’ll make sure to keep you guys all updated as I continue my adventure!

 

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Fall 2018

This past semester has been one of the most rewarding semesters I have had in my entire college experience. This semester I had the chance to successfully complete my two organizations as well as host my own television show “A Talk with Satarra”. Everything that I did was not also to advance in my career, but it was to improve the lives of others. My two organizations both focused on improving the college enrollment and college graduation rates in minority communities. On my television, I was able to talk about the Afro-Latina and Black experience in Hawaii. I am incredibly proud and thank God for the many blessings that he has given me. I only plan on becoming more successful as the years come.

The Young Minority Professionals Association

I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I am so excited and pleased to announce that the official first day of of my new organization will be October 3rd, at 4:15 pm! The first meetup will be an open discussion on racism and stereotyping in the work place and how to deal with it, in a professional and appropriate manner. Resources will be provided for those who would like to see a professional for private help, or if there are any more questions. The organization is open to anyone and everyone! I hope to see you guys there!

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Teaching English and Spanish in Morocco!

For those of you who have been reading my previous posts, than you know that I have started my internship with The Orient Occident Foundation, here in Rabat, Morocco! The first couple of weeks were kind of bumpy and rocky, but now that I am starting to get into a routine, it’s getting a lot better!

For my internship, I will be teaching beginners Spanish class and advanced English classes. Since English is my native language and Spanish is my minor, this is the perfect duo for me to teach. The student that I am working with range from teenagers all the way up to adults. Teaching my students is both challenging and rewarding. It is challenging, because most of my students only speak French of Arabic, so translating the English words to their native language is difficult for me. The internship is also rewarding, because I love teaching my students something that is going to help them in the long run, and its very rewarding to see the look on my students faces when they have learned something new.

For anyone who is in the Rabat, Morocco area and is looking to take English or Spanish classes, the Orient Occident Foundation is definitely the company for you!

 

Moving in with My Host Family!

 

Food

Yesterday afternoon I moved in with my host family! Now that I’m settled, I’m very excited to be starting this study abroad experience! The food that I had last night was couscous and vegetables. In Morocco, since meat is very expensive, meat is rarely served at the table. So I’m prepared to eat mainly vegetables while I’m here.

When I first arrived at my host family’s house, I was served tea and cookies. In Morocco, it is custom to serve tea and cookies when a guest comes to your house. The tea I was served was Moroccan mint tea. It tasted very delicious ( and I’m not even a tea drinker). My host family did not hesitate to let me know that they want me to feel as comfortable as possible at their home. They kept asking me questions about if I was hungry or not hungry, cold or hot, thirsty or not thirsty etc. I’m very pleased with the host family I received.

Tomorrow will officially mark the end of my first week in Morocco. That means tomorrow, I will officially have 6 weeks left here. There is so much I want to see and do, I don’t know if 6 weeks will be enough time! But I am going to make the most of my time while I am here.

I’m very grateful for this experience!

First Day in Rabat!

Yesterday I landed in Rabat, Morocco at 5:10 pm at the Rabat airport. I can’t lie, first leaving the airport was a huge culture shock to me, but Rabat is one of the most culturally rich and most beautiful cities I have ever seen. I spent my first night looking for the hotel. Once I found the hotel, and dropped all my luggage off, I spent the rest of the night touring and exploring. It’s so easy to get caught up and want to spend your money on everything that you see, but I had to remind myself to save my money for only things that I really want. I also have to constantly remind myself that I am here with a goal. The goal is to complete my French courses as well as my internship.

For anyone who is thinking about traveling to Morocco, I suggest that you go to the market. For anyone who is not from a big city, and visiting the market in Morocco, it can be overwhelming. People are everywhere  trying to sell you things, and you do get a lot of stares. But as long as you go with someone who knows the area, you should be fine.

The picture that I posted was of the lunch we ate here while I’m at Morocco. The meal is served at the Cross Cultural Learning Center. We were served chicken, rice, beans , spaghetti, potatoes, and peppers. This is one of the best meals I was served while being here in Morocco. It was very delicious, and nutritious. The food in Morocco is something that I can really appreciate. The food isn’t processed at all, so it’s a lot healthier than American food.

I mentioned before that I was at the Cross Cultural Learning Center. The CCLC is where I will be taking my classes while I am here abroad. The course that I will be taking is a French course. Although French is not an official language in Morocco, it is widely spoken, and I highly recommend learning a few phrases before coming here.

In conclusion, the first day of me being here in Morocco was both overwhelming and amazing. I look forward to the challenges and experiences the trip will bring me!

Paris France

Today is June 18, 2018 and I have officially landed in Paris, France! I’m very excited and humbled to start this journey to Rabat, Morocco! For those of you who have been following me, then you would know that I am going to Morocco this summer to study abroad for an internship as well as take summer classes! I will be working with the Orient Occident Foundation to teach English to refugees and admin work. I specifically chose this internship, because this organization in Morocco focuses on connecting refugees with the resources and the tools they need in order to be successful and live a decent life. This is similar to what I want to do in the future at the General Assembly in Washington, DC and at the World Bank Group in Washington, DC! While I am in Morocco, I am hoping that I will get to tour the country, as well as do different activities! I am very excited about this trip, and hope to share my new experiences with everyone!