On Sunday, February 2nd the Wheaton Franciscans welcomed Maiga Muga a young man from Tanzania who presented a short PowerPoint presentation and took questions about his culture and his learning experience in the US. He is spending a year in the U.S. as an volunteer/intern with the International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) of the Int’l Mennonite Conference. An essential element of the experience for IVEP participants like Maiga is to have mutual cultural exchanges in a variety of community and church settings.
During his stay in the U.S. he is living with host families from the Willow Spring Mennonite Community in Tiskilwa, IL and working at Hungry World Farm, an organic produce farm, one of the organizations supported by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters. With this volunteer experience, Maiga will learn farming techniques that he will take back to his homeland to help his community grow their own food.
Later in the day, I took Maiga to a Super Bowl Party – a unique, US cultural experience be be sure! On Monday, we visited the Chicago Historical Museum and the Willis (Sears) Tower. This was a dream come true for him! Please keep Maiga and the other IVEP volunteers in your prayers as they complete their internships across the country.