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Life in Rwanda - First Impressions

Posted by James William on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : News Updates 

It’s been exactly 1 month since I arrived in Kigali. It’s been a month that included lost (and then found!) baggage, 2 weeks of intensive language training as well as other cultural training with VSO Rwanda staff and volunteers, moving into a lovely (but completely empty!) new house and my first 2 weeks in a new position with a new organization.

Each of these things – from buying all the supplies necessary to set-up our house, to practicing bargaining in a new language to learning the r...

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CUSO International Rwanda

Posted by James William on Monday, February 6, 2012, In : News Updates 

Welcome to the first update from my new position with CUSO International (formerly CUSO-VSO).

I have begun a placement with the Education Development Center(EDC) on a USAID-funded initiative aimed at helping the Rwandan Education Board (REB) to improve literacy and numeracy in grades P1 to P4. I am working as a video module developer and in this capacity I will am responsible for procuring video equipment, training REB staff on the upkeep and use of the purchased equipment as well as the pro...

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Posted by James William on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, In : News Updates 
An overdue update

After working and volunteering as a multimedia consultant, photographer and videographer for several great organizations (Desmond Tutu-HIV Foundation, Save the Children, The University of Cape Town, etc.) in South Africa, I returned home to Canada in August to begin training for a Communications position with CUSO-VSO in Cambodia.

The position was a six week specialized placement in Cambodia over the course of October and November. My objective was to develop communication...
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Publicized Photos

Posted by James William on Friday, June 17, 2011, In : News Updates 
Hello Everyone,

This update is a follow up to an earlier post regarding my work with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF).

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

2011 SA AIDS Poster
Prior to my most recent shoot at the DTHF Youth Centre in Masiphumelele to document their 2011 Youth Day Celebrations, I found out that photos from my last shoot with Youth Centre and Clinic as well as members of the Masiphumelele Community were used in a
display at the 2011 South African AIDS Conference in Durban. T...
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Table Mountain

Posted by James William on Friday, June 10, 2011, In : News Updates 
Hi folks,

This is just a quick post to share two photos from my most recent hike on Table Mountain.

I'm quite happy with how these turned out and thought I would share.

There will be more new photos and videos coming soon as I finish projects and get approvals on previous work from the various organizations to post and share them via my portfolio site.

Stay well,


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Posted by James William on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, In : News Updates 
Just a short note to let you know that the photography section of my portfolio has been updated to include selected photos from recent photography jobs - a Save the Children - Saving Newborn Lives press conference and the Cape Town Argus 2011 cycle race.

Updates to the introduction and videos section will be coming in the next week or so.

I hope you enjoy.


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Site Update

Posted by J William Hirtle on Friday, October 29, 2010, In : News Updates 

Hi everyone,

I am just posting a short update to let you know that I have updated the Video page of my portfolio and added a Design page to highlight some of my recent work.

During the last week, I have been putting a push on to finish designing a new website for Fertile Ground (now live at and in the process of designing the new site, I have edited a video using HD footage from one of the organizations day camps.  The video is a wonderful interview between Cheryl...

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Site Update

Posted by James William on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, In : News Updates 
I have made changes to the opening page and the introduction reflecting the changes in my location and employment.

As I get settled I will begin posting updates about my travels, photos and first impressions of South Africa.


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