I will LOVE LOVE LOVE letters while I’m in Rwanda. Few things beat a letter arriving in the mail, especially letters and cards and photos from loved ones. I’m a strong believer in the power of snail mail!

If you want to write (or send me a package…it will take 3-6 weeks for a package, just FYI) my address during the three month training period will be:

Heather Newell

United States Peace Corps

BP 14

Kibungo, Rwanda

Some tips in sending me your wise words/inspirational wisdom/love letters/pictures/cards/nailpolish/whatever it may be:

  • Put ‘Air mail’ / ‘Par Avion’ on the outside of the envelope. Supposively, this helps the mail move a little faster?
  • Letters and regular mail will take about 2 weeks to arrive from the USA to Rwanda and vice versa.
  • Mail is sporadic, however, so if it takes longer or shorter, don’t be surprised.
  • For packages (most PC volunteers say they get them with few problems) and letters, I would write with RED on the outside if possible (apparently this makes it look more official?) You can also number your letters so I can know in what order to read them if received in a strange order. Finally, if sending a package, feel free to use LOTS of tape and even draw designs on the outside, so that way I can tell if it has been tampered or not.
  • I will post a wish list on here once I know what I need (especially when it comes to teaching and needing teaching resources) so feel free to check back. A lot of of other PC volunteers have done this and have said that it’s easier to say what they need once they are settled in and living in Rwanda.

I plan on getting a phone when I am in Rwanda, and as soon as I have the available contact information I will certainly post that here too.

So, besides this blog, snail mail, and phone, you can also email me at heathermnewell@yahoo.com. I will try to stay in touch as much as I can, but as with most everything in this process, I just don’t know right now how much access to the internet I will have. I have read blogs from PC volunteers in Rwanda that have posted reguarly on their blogs, so it certainly seems promising.

6 responses »

  1. Heather,
    I love reading your blog. What an anazing mission you are on.
    I will keep you in my prayers.
    Love from Nashville.

  2. Hi Heather. How are you doing in Rwanda? This is alex a student of your dad Ted Newell. He gave me an assignment to do that is to write a paragragh you in Rwanda. So I want to know how are you doing in Rwanda.

  3. Hi Heather, my name is Kim and I’m a friend and colleague of Kelley Nicholson who shared your website address with me. I too am headed to Rwanda in January to work in an orphanage although I will only be there for a couple of weeks. I LOVE your blog and can really relate – even down to the books you’re reading as I’ve read a couple in preparation for my upcoming visit. Being in the Peace Corps has always been a dream of mine so I hope you don’t mind a total stranger following your blog and living vicariously through you. I have also made a website if you ever have time: http://kbrenck.blogspot.com/.

    You are amazing and doing amazing work! I will send you a care package when I’m back from my trip and I’ll include some chocolate cuz dang, a girl cannot live without it! I’ll also review your list and include whatever other items I can.


  4. hi heather my name is Armanti Harris and i and a freash man and i am a student of your dad Mr.Newell and i was doing a project on your experiance in Rwanda so i wanted to ask you a few questions if you dont mind so please reply to this and thank you i think you are doing a wonderful job in Africa

  5. Hi Heather my name is Dai’jon Davis a student of your dad mr.Newell and i’m doing a project about your blog i think this is you are with those kids in Rwanda i love when love ones that i have not talk to in a long time call me or send me letters

  6. Hi Heather. How are you doing in Rwanda? This is Roberto a student of your dad Ted Newell. I was wondering how are you doing in Rwanda how’s it like over there? I also heard that you were coming back to the U.S for good I cant wait to meet you and so you could tell us how it was in Rwanda.

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