Michael Folta
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What are your interests and areas of expertise in international relations?
Poverty, Youth, None of the Above
Tell everyone a little about yourself and what you hope to gain from the Global Ethics Network.
I am an american high schooler who has lived overseas in Rwanda for the past 2 years. I am excited to learn more about the Global Ethics Network and enter the student photo competition.

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Living with Differences: Team Prayer

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

Team Prayer:

The field is carved from a sloping hill, defined by stick goals, and mottled with grass clumps growing in defiance of packed earth and coarse gravel. Leaning my bike against an avocado tree, I lace my once white cleats and jog onto the field. Smiles flash across dark faces—the “Umuzungo” has come to play! We clasp hands and chest-bump,…


Living with Differences: "Pound It!"

Posted on October 20, 2013 at 12:30am 3 Comments

“Pound It”

“Muzungo, Muzungu! Giv-a me money!” children call out as they dash toward me. Traveling lightly for a full day of hiking on a ridge in Rwanda, I have no francs on me. However, the kids do not want money; they are taught in…


Living with Differences: Helping Hands

Posted on October 20, 2013 at 12:25am 1 Comment

Helping Hands

The whirr of the pottery wheel is the only sound that fills the wordless silence. Beyond my few greetings in Kinyarwanda, a language barrier separates me from the Rwandan potter. And yet, with the guidance of his patient hands and my clumsy fingers, together we craft the spinning clay into a smooth vase.

The potter is a Pigmy from one of the marginalized and impoverished tribes in Rwanda. I am an American, living in Rwanda. As an…



Posted on August 13, 2013 at 10:18am 0 Comments

Before the Western wall in Jerusalem, both a soldier and a rabbi come to pray. Each represent their Israeli heritage in different ways: the soldier in his uniform reveals the modern Israeli tenacity to fight for and defend their homeland, while the rabbi in his robes shows the tendency to cling to tradition amidst the changes of the world. However, coming together in prayer,…


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