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Far-Flung Bowdoin Students Blog About Learning, Teaching And Riding Ostriches

Story posted August 13, 2010

Among the many students involved in summer learning opportunities, Mariya Ilyas '13 and Tobi Olasunkanmi '12, working far from Brunswick on different continents, are blogging about their experiences (such as crocodile diving, ostrich riding and hanging out with tigers) in order to share what they've learned with their friends, peers and other curious souls out in cyberspace.

Tobi Olasunkanmi '12 is in South Africa doing economic research, and is actually teaching economics to members of Parliament there. Olasunkanmi writes about his experiences on his blog, International Pathways.

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Tobi Olasunkanmi '12 takes a break from researching and teaching economics in South Africa to, among other things, go crocodile diving, ride an ostrich and spend time with a white tiger.

Mariya Ilyas '13 received a Preston Public Interest Grant coordinated through Career Planning to return to her native Pakistan, where she lived until she was seven. Ilyas is teaching English and writing skills to Pakistani teens. She shares their essays and photos of the school on the blog, Al-Imtiaz 2010.

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Mariya Ilyas '13 spends time with a student at Al-Imtiaz Academy in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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