I’ve never felt so loved as I did in a nightclub in Ethiopia.

This summer, I spent five weeks in Ethiopia as part of AddisCoder, a program to teach high school kids about programming and algorithms. The program was really unlike anything I could imagine. Within four weeks, students learned the basics of Python, recursion, and algorithmic thinking. The important thing about the program is exposure, but for me, the program was more than just teaching the kids to code. It was a place I could feel I belonged to, and in the words of one of my friends, a place where I was “so loved”.

Not sure how I’ll be organizing the posts yet, but I wanted to start with a video made by one of the other TAs, Jessica, as an introduction to the series.

I’ve been writing non-stop since I’ve gotten back, so we will see where this goes.