As part of the Dialogue of Civilizations program at Northeastern University, I took classes in France and Benin in May-June 2010. I was in France for one week taking language classes and going on site visits, such as to Medecins Sans Frontières and the Beninois Ambassador to France. I was in Benin for three weeks working with a women’s micro-enterprise collective, acting as a consultant, translating, and writing a grant to increase their capacity. We also traveled around Benin a bit, seeing Porto-Novo, Cotonou, Abomey, Ganvie, and the Point of No Return.
The Songhai Center, the sustainable farming model where I lived: