Medium – Bruke Kifle (MIT student)
In this post, I share my reflections on my recent international teaching experience in Johannesburg, South Africa at St. John’s College through the MIT Global Teaching Labs (GTL) program.
Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I immigrated to the United States of America at the age of four with my parents and three older siblings in pursuit of the American Dream after winning the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. Growing up in the US afforded me unparalleled academic opportunities and access to an abundance of resources and life experiences. The early realization of my potential to leverage such resources and opportunities was quickly complemented by a passion and lifelong commitment to giving back to communities around the world through the skills and experiences I was and am continuously developing and gaining.
With my origins deeply rooted in Africa, from an early age, it became a passion and dream of mine to help redefine the African narrative, and contribute to the growth and development of the African continent. After having had the opportunity during the summer of 2018 to travel to my birth country, Ethiopia, to conduct research on the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem through the support of MIT, I was excited to once again return to the continent.