Guest Blogger

Eliana Schiffer

Eliana Schiffer

13 year old Eliana Schiffer from Santa Barbara, California went on a 3 week bike ride this summer in Rwanda with her teacher’s family and 6 other students from Santa Barbara Middle School.

Ellie loves to bike and draw and swim in the ocean.

This year Eliana joined the Santa Barbara Middle School Teen press and went to the Santa Barbara Film Festival where she met and interviewed Julie Christie, Cate  Blanchett,  Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Angelina Jolie was Eliana’s inspiration to go to Rwanda when she told her to always follow what she loved if she wants to make this world a better place.


Blog Posts by Eliana Schiffer

  • Rwanda; Remember the Hope

    Rwanda; Remember the Hope

    For me the one thing that made Rwanda so amazing was the children and hearing their laughter. That a country can live through something so horrific and yet get up every morning and live their lives with a smile on their face is something that is hard to believe.

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  • A Touching Experience

    A Touching Experience

    My favorite part of the trip was the people that we met. Everywhere we went people would stop what they were doing to look up and wave. They were so kind and happy all the time, when you looked at them it just made you smile as well.

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  • Biking in Rwanda

    Biking in Rwanda

    I ended up being in Rwanda for 3 weeks on a biking trip with 6 other students and 4 adults. Biking is what made the difference for us. We would ride our bikes every other day for about 30 to 50 kilometers, but no matter where we were, the bike was always our communication tool […]

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  • 23 Letters and 13 Shots

    23 Letters and 13 Shots

    After my teacher told me about this trip in April of this year, my dream was to go to Rwanda with a group of my friends and teachers where we would ride our bikes and visit orphanages. When I originally proposed the idea to my parents they told me that this year we weren’t financially […]

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  • Life Changing Experience

    Life Changing Experience

    Nothing I could have read could have prepared me for what I saw in the memorials and on the streets of Rwanda this summer during our visit. In 1994 Rwanda went through one of the most horrible genocides in recent history.

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