We led the group in an open-ended discussion consisting of questions related to our first day in the rural home stay. Stories, shared by all the members (Makerere and JHU students), depicted images of too much food heaped on plates and anxiety over novel living quarters. Interestingly enough, many of the program participants admired the generosity of the host families and stated that they "felt bad for not eating all the food." Furthermore, the discussion sessions concluded with statements of goals that the students wanted to achieve during their village home stay. From establishing long-lasting relationships to surviving a rural home stay, all of the students seemed really determined in making the most out of this experience.
Conducted Tuesday, January 10, 2012