Princeton in Africa Fellows at Maru-a-Pula

Every year, MaP students receive teaching, tutoring and mentorship from Fellows in the Princeton in Africa programme. For more information on this programme, please click here.

Meet this year’s Princeton in Africa Fellows :

Julia Metzger

Julia Metzger : “After graduating from Groton in 2011, I deferred Princeton admission to take a gap year. Among other adventures I undertook that year, I worked as a tutor, where I discovered the excitement of watching students tackle tricky problems, and the gratification when they asked for more. I am excited about Maru-a-Pula in particular because of my time at Groton. My teachers, who were also my advisors, dorm-heads, coaches, and friends, permanently changed the course of my life. I understand and value the impact of those teachers, and I aspire to provide the same for students at Maru-a-Pula.”

Kevin Nigarura

Kevin Nigarura : I applied to the Princeton in Africa fellowship at MaP because it was time to start living out my passion in life! My love for teaching has demonstrated itself throughout my time at Northwestern. I have led educational meetings on social change within the Global Engagement Summit, tutored K-5 students in a before-school program, and mentored students through the difficult transition period at college as a Peer Adviser. These roles have deepened my appreciation of what teaching can provide. My roles outside of the classroom have showed me how best to interact with others, present in front of large audiences, and cater programs to individual needs.”

Joseph SchmidtJoseph Schmidt : “Over the last three years, I’ve had the privilege of being a high school science teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This role has given me a wealth of experience in being comfortable in the classroom, designing rigorous instruction, and meeting the individual needs of students, while fostering a sense of structure and community. I see a year of service at MaP as the next step in my growth as an educator. I seek to challenge myself to build cross-cultural relationships. I look forward to focusing on engaging students in the wonder of scientific inquiry and building relationships through the many extra-curricular opportunities offered by MaP.”

Jantsankhorol Damdinsuren : ”I believe that encouraging youth participation in decision making, and civic activities, empowers youth to acquire knowledge, skills and social attributes that they need to become active and engaged community members and global citizens. Over the last several years, I have had the opportunity to work on human rights initiatives and youth leadership development programmes in the greater Bay Area. I look forward to contributing to the growth of my students and learning from the year ahead at MaP.”