Sometimes we just can’t travel as often we would like. So while you can’t jump on a plane to (insert country of choice) right now, you can still live vicariously through and learn from other Badgers – students, alumni and faculty – who are keeping us up to date. Here are six online resources to help keep you connected:
1. Ever wonder what it would be like to be in the Peace Corps? There are 68 Badgers currently serving and 37 of them are in Africa. Many of them have blogs. Keep up with former Badgers posted in Senegal, Madagascar, Swaziland, Guinea, Uganda, Malawi, Namibia and Burkina Faso on these Badger Peace Corps blogs.
2. Find yourself looking for more Africa-related news? Co-created by UW-Alumni Jeff Paller, “This Week in Africa” is a weekly bulletin that curates news from across Africa about development, democracy, and daily life. You can sign up for the weekly email or check out their Tumbler.
3. Souvenirs is “a guide for those seeking to quench their wanderlust” created by UW- Madison undergraduates who have been abroad. In addition to their website, blogs and social media, they also publish a print magazine one a semester with art, photos and written work. You can also submit your own! See their Souvenirs Africa section.
4. Professor of English and African Cultural Studies Tejumola Olaniyan curates an “educational encyclopedia of African political cartooning and cartoonists” called Africa Cartoons. See political cartoons from all over the continent and gain an illustrated viewpoint on local and international issues.
5. Wondering about study abroad or hoping to relive your own? Read about the experiences of these UW “Study Abroad Correspondents. ” Badgers studying abroad have most recently written from Morocco, South Africa and Tanzania.
6. GlobalHigherEd is a well-respected blog on international education, co-curated by UW geography professor Kris Olds. Professor Olds has also written posts for the blog exploring changes in global education landscape.
Do you know of another great UW/Africa-related online resource from a faculty, staff, student or alum? Let us know at email@example.com.