Category Archives: Travel Blogging


Food in The Gambia — And How to Make Tumeric Chicken

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One of the most fascinating (and delicious) parts of visiting with our partners around the world is learning first-hand what our scholars eat. As STF’s Director of International Operations, I’d be amiss if I didn’t thoroughly study all the culinary Continue reading

STF Scholars in The Gambia clapping

STF Scholars In The Gambia Sing The Starfish Anthem

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For the last two weeks, the STF team has been visiting with Starfish International, our partner in The Gambia, West Africa. (Have you been following along on Instagram and Facebook?) When we landed, the girls greeted us in the same Continue reading


Photo Essay: Sintayehu at Home

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Sintayehu, an 18-year-old STF Scholar in Ethiopia, offered to show us where she lived before coming to Selamta Family Project, our partner program in Addis. In this photo essay, we walk you through that experience, as we experienced it with Continue reading


STF in Ethiopia: We Visited the National Museum with Tizita

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Today was our first cultural day in Addis, and we used it to visit the National Museum. All students had the day off from school today, since it’s Eid al-Adha [Editor's Note: This post was written on 10/15], so we Continue reading

Photo by Kate Lord

STF in Ethiopia: Visiting Scholars at Home

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Visiting our scholars at home in Ethiopia is quite different from home visits elsewhere, since at each home there are 8-10 kids of all ages, all competing for our attention. But I think we managed pretty well! Of course, bringing Continue reading

The Bishangari house poses for a family portrait. Sentayehu (back row, left), Meseret (left in tie-dye), and Lidet (center in red) are all STF Scholars.

STF in Ethiopia: We’ve Arrived!

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We made it to the final leg of our trip: Ethiopia! Here, we partner with the Selamta Family Project in Addis Ababa, where they take in orphans and the children of HIV victims and place them into family-structured homes. Each Continue reading


STF in East Africa: Food Tour

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The best part of visiting with our partners is, of course, meeting all the students that our community sponsors around the world. But the second best part? Definitely the food. So here’s a quick food tour of East Africa! Tanzania Continue reading

Photo by Kate Lord

STF in East Africa: Running the World with a STF Scholar

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While students across the U.S. and world are currently gearing up for our 3rd Annual Tie-Dye Cupcake Bake Off (sign up here!), over in Uganda we’ve been planning ahead to next year’s Run the World fitness fundraising campaign. Each spring, Continue reading

Photo by Marissa Swanson

STF in East Africa: Workshops in Uganda

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Each time we visit a partner school, we talk with directors to see what kind of workshops we can provide, either to students or to teachers/mentors. In Uganda, we decided to put together two self-esteem workshops — one for staff Continue reading

Rachael Anderson with STF Scholars

STF in East Africa: Trip Winner Joins Our Team in Uganda

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Last year, Marina Maher Communications, a PR firm based in New York City, chose She’s the First as their company’s charitable partner. They spent the year fundraising and talking about girls’ education and ended up sponsoring 14 girls in Uganda Continue reading

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