Rachel Nemeth ’17



Perry, MI


Music Education, Secondary Education

Type of Alma Venture experience:


Summary of your experience:

I taught music classes, including band and choir, at Kigali International Community School in Rwanda.

What did you learn as a result of this experience?

I learned so much about the Rwandan culture, and how I can be an impact in any place I am in, despite cultural barriers. I also learned that I am a confident, independent woman, who can manage life on her own. You really do not realize what it means to be living on your own until you are thrown into a situation where you have to do all your own cooking and cleaning, and have no higher authority helping you along the way.

How has your Alma Venture solidified or altered your career goals?

This experience will be a great addition to my resume as I want to teach overseas after college, and has given me perspective for my education classes that not many of my peers have had. 

What was the most rewarding experience during your Alma Venture?

The most rewarding part was being a major part of the final music performances for the different bands and choirs. I got to basically take charge and learn firsthand what it takes to put on a concert and I was given the opportunity to conduct, play and sing throughout the night.

What advice would you give a student considering this type of Alma Venture?

Do it! Start early in the process, and make connections with alumni to see what their place of work has to offer. For education majors, having a pre-student teaching opportunity is amazing, where you can be in a classroom for a month straight, and also be immersed into a new culture. 

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